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Disillusionment with politics as usual pushes some even farther left

Disillusionment with politics as usual pushes some even farther left

Sarah Blaskey, Clarion Staff Writer

August 29, 2011


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Maybe it was the failure of the recall efforts to save the people of Wisconsin. Maybe it was the trillions of dollars of cuts that Obama proposed in response to the debt ceiling crisis after agreeing to continued tax breaks for the wealthy. Or maybe it is the country’s continued wars and occupations...

Money drowns out many voices in political arena

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

June 28, 2011


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The United States' practice of equating money to free speech has mutated Wisconsin, now infamously, into Fitzwalkerstan. It has plunged the state into a delicate dance between democracy and plutocracy and has given a bullhorn to only those who can afford it, leaving the financially-limited without a...

Public sector employees speak out against cuts

Jon Mack, Staff Writer

June 28, 2011


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Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill will have a profound impact on the families of public sector workers.  It also will seriously impact the quality of life for all citizens of Wisconsin. Teachers, EMTs, nurses and other public sector workers will be losing out on thousands of dollars of income...

Your View: Students oppose budget cuts to higher education

Jon Mack, Madison College student

June 28, 2011


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Dear Editor, Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011-2013 budget and his so called, “Budget Repair Bill” are a direct assault on Madison Area Technical College students and workers. Walker’s budget would decimate funding for Madison College. The severe drop in funding would be felt by everyone at our college....

Groups debate the various ‘Judgment Day’ predictions

Tyler Braatz, Staff Writer

June 28, 2011


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Apocalypse, Rapture, Judgment Day, Armageddon, Doomsday, Tribulation – whatever you want to call it, many people believe in an end-of-days scenario lurking on mankind’s horizon. Thanks in part to last year’s blockbuster film “2012,” most are familiar with the theory that the ancient Mayans,...

Letter to the Editor: Current budget situation

Phil Gasper, Interim Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences

April 13, 2011


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Dear Editor, Sarah Blaskey’s article on the current budget situation (“Crisis mode,” March 30, 2011) provides a good overview of the difficult decisions that are being made at Madison Area Technical College in light of a projected $10.3 million deficit for the next academic year.  Gov. Scott...

Letter to the Editor: Benefits of Unions

Cinder Roherty

April 13, 2011


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Dear Editor, In college I read “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair. It was not an enjoyable book. It chronicled the conditions in which immigrants worked in Chicago, during the turn of the twentieth century. Conditions in the meat packing factories were deplorable, to say the least, but if one wanted...

Outdated two-party system destroying America

Marcus C. Robinson, Staff Writer

April 13, 2011


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“We The People” have the privilege of electing leaders who best reflect our views. Except we don’t. We vote along party lines instead of electing politicians who best represent our views. It seems that “We The People” have forgotten that unity is our strength. It seems we have forgotten how...

Right, wrong reasons for open records requests

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

April 13, 2011


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Good and fair democratic government is fueled by the public’s belief and trust in the transparency of that government. Remove that transparency and that trust and accountability is lost. To maintain that transparency, open records laws are vital for maintaining the accountability of those in charge. In...

Cutting up education: Governor’s plan overlooks value of educated work force

Clarion editorial board

April 13, 2011


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Cutting funding for educational institutions like Madison Area Technical College, in exchange for corporate tax breaks, is a short-term budget fix that will negatively affect local economies and have long-term consequences. Wisconsin’s technical college system is a crucial element to our state’s...

Japan’s bomb in a bottle

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

March 30, 2011


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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was a controlled atomic bomb in a bottle. Then the ground shook, a tsunami hit, and the bottle cracked. Recent disasters around the globe have reaffirmed the need for an increased expansion of green, renewable energies and a reduction in our dependence...

Recycling burden shouldn’t be on municipalities

Steven Cornils, Staff Writer

March 30, 2011


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It’s about time someone had the guts to cut the recycling out of our state’s local municipalities budget. The fact that local municipalities were mandated to hold a recycling program is absurd. Recycling is not our government’s problem. The beverage industry’s containers are designed to be taken...

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