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Outdated two-party system destroying America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...

Sarah Blaskey, Managing Editor

March 30, 2011


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Ladies watch out. We are under attack again. If you are a female in your twenties you are a prime target. If you are an ethnic minority as well as a young woman, consider yourself public enemy number one. This year, politicians have waged war against women’s rights at both a state and federal level...

Behavior of leaders during budget battle leaves bad taste

Jennifer Abplanalp, Opinions Editor

March 9, 2011


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“To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making,” Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of the German Empire, once said. So have been the past few weeks in Madison and we’ve not been able to look away. The behavior of the state’s Republican leadership and legislature,...

Letter to the Editor: Students will be hit hard by governor’s plan

Benjamin Oertel, Student

March 9, 2011


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Dear Editor, I am a student and a parent. I do not agree with Gov. Scott Walker and the ideas he is putting forth. He is going too far in this so-called budget repair bill and the fiscal budget itself.  Gov. Walker seems to be on a mission to destroy the government of Wisconsin and everything good...

Leaders fail to unite people by playing political games

Greg Kuper, Staff Writer

March 9, 2011


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In only 235 years, our country was born, grew, flourished and now is dying. America’s upswing was because of great people who united and led Americans to greatness and freedom. The death of this country will be due to greedy people and leaders who divide. It’s not just the Republicans and big corporations,...

It’s money vs. people in battle between big business and unions

Jon Mack, Staff Writer

March 9, 2011


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This is war. It has been for years. Only this time, it didn’t go down how it was supposed to. The middle class fought back. The obscenely wealthy and their Republican henchmen have gotten so used to stealing our lunch that they were beyond shocked when we landed a surprise punch square to their jaw. Wisconsin...

Letter to the Editor: Rushing plan prevents analysis of impact

Association of Career Employees

February 23, 2011


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Dear Editor, The Association of Career Employees (ACE) has served as a voice for civil service employees for nearly 30 years. ACE is not a union, but works to insulate the civil service from political involvement in retaining and compensating employees. The Wisconsin civil service system celebrated...

Letter to the Editor: An end to fairness, public education

Bob Curry, Vice President, Part-Time Teachers Union

February 23, 2011


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Dear Madison College, One and All, This week illustrates with 100 percent clarity that labor is the very lifeblood of education in this country. As labor goes, so goes education. Every job in this school, every computer, every book …  hangs in the balance here. If we are not 100 percent together...

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