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Gun restrictions: Reasonable restrictions worthy of consideration

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

January 26, 2011


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When Jared Loughner killed six people and wounded an additional 13 including U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., he did so with a semi-automatic Glock 19 9mm and a 33 round magazine that he purchased legally. While mental illness was one of the contributing factors in the tragedy...

Reading helps develop the intellectual tools needed for higher learning, living a more full lifestyle

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

January 26, 2011


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It’s been shown that as little as 20 to 30 minutes of independent reading per day can improve understanding and vocabulary. “I can’t think of a more essential skill in the 21st century than reading,” said Matthew Coan, a librarian at Truax. “It’s a lifelong skill. It doesn’t matter what...

Voter ID: Costly plan is unnecessary

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

January 26, 2011


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The new, GOP controlled, Wisconsin state congress is pushing legislation that is attempting to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. This legislation would require voters to present government issued identification with current residence in order to vote. The bill will likely increase the state’s...

Too many ‘happy toys’ create too much waste

Ross Schuette, Staff Writer

January 12, 2011


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Many of us remember the cherished trips of our youth to McDonalds for a delightful Happy Meal and a dip in the ball pit. Unfortunately, allowing children to fall prey to tricky advertising by purchasing a Happy Meal at McDonalds leaves long lasting, negative affects on them, others, and even the planet. The...

Train wrecked: Walker’s halt to high-speed-rail costly

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

January 12, 2011


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In early December, the Obama administration’s transportation secretary, Ray LaHood announced that he would re-direct monies allocated for the construction of Wisconsin’s high-speed rail to other states. There will be no passenger train providing an additional transportation option to Madisonians...

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