Opinion

Safe Delivery offers option for newborns in need

Editorials

The situation is difficult for most of us to comprehend. A woman in Michigan has, or is about to have, a baby. That woman decides she can’t adequately care for that baby but doesn’t know what to do or where to turn. That’s the reasoning behind Michigan’s Safe Delivery law that ...

Historical hysteria

Columns

“The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” — Friedrich Hegel We will learn even less from history if we wipe it clean, as some are trying to do by removing statues of Confederate leaders whose beliefs about slavery and race most, including me, find ...

Are we descending into tribalism?

Letters to the Editor

The progress towards inclusiveness along racial and religious lines that seemed to be slowly happening is being tested. We are becoming more selective in our treatment and accommodation of various non-Caucasian and non-Christian groups, not based on good data but largely on fear. We seem to be ...

New Afghanistan plan could offer clues to ‘Trump Doctrine’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Never tip your hand to the enemy. No timelines for military operations. No free pass for a neighbor who tolerates extremists or enables U.S. foes. In President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy, elements of a broader approach to America’s most pressing national ...

OK2SAY gives troubled students a safe place to turn

Editorials

The start of fall classes for most area schools is only days away. Kids probably can’t believe the break is almost done and Labor Day looms. Losing these lazy days of summer should be the only regret most students have about returning to school. Classrooms, halls and playgrounds, buses ...

Past health chiefs: Goal is insurance market stability

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t make things worse. That’s the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that “Obamacare” seems here for the foreseeable future. The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health plans ...

Sad to see support persists for white supremacists

Letters to the Editor

Someone said to me recently, “You’d be surprised how many people are Nazi sympathizers.” Sadly, I am not surprised. I am old, and I have personally witnessed white supremacy actions and words over many decades. Sometimes these are so subtle it is easy to shrug it off, thinking that ...

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy makes new demands on India

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Laying out his new Afghanistan war strategy, President Donald Trump reissued old demands on neighboring Pakistan to eliminate militant sanctuaries. Less expected: an entirely new warning to close U.S. partner India to provide more economic aid. Much of Trump’s eagerly ...

Blame for violent attacks must lie on responsible parties

Editorials

Wednesday afternoon, a memorial service took place for Heather Heyer, who was killed Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a car crashed into demonstrators who were protesting a white supremacy rally. Heyer, 32, was with a group of counterprotesters that were gathered to show an ...

Armageddon postponed

Columns

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood up to the ...

GOP doubts, anxieties about Trump burst into the open

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans’ doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own party. Behind the ...

Proud Equestrian Program a success thanks to support

Editorials

Bouquet From Maureen Garvaglia, Proud Equestrian Program: The 2017 4-H Proud Equestrian Program was a huge success! We had 37 riders, the largest number of participants in PEP history. We would like to thank our committee members: Maureen Garvaglia, Sally and Gary Arcand, Sharon, Lexi and ...

Democrats risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

Columns

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war. Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming ...

Don’t watch eclipse from behind the wheel

Editorials

In case you haven’t heard, Monday will bring the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979. With that has come the usual warnings not to look at the eclipse, to avoid risking injury. Especially if driving. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises that ...

High school activities bring communities together

Columns

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, ...

Confederate leaders’ descendants want monuments pulled down

Columns

A handful of descendants of Confederate Civil War leaders Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Jefferson Davis are siding with those who believe monuments to their famous ancestors should be pulled down and moved to other settings, such as museums. And a relative of Confederate Gen. Robert E. ...

Beware the invasive, nasty wild parsnip

Editorials

It looks very pretty alongside roadsides and fields, like Queen Anne’s lace but with brighter green stems and flat, round flower tops of daffodil yellow rather than white. As with road signs, yellow should signal caution with wild parsnip. This benign-looking invasive species packs a ...

Die-hard Trump supporters show no signs of straying

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — They wash their hands of neo-Nazis and wag their fingers at leftists. They denounce a press corps they see as biased and controversies they view as manufactured. But in the frenzied blame game over the deadly violence at a rally of white supremacists, Donald Trump’s loyal ...

Legion, VFW seeks public’s help on project

Letters to the Editor

American Legion Post 325 of Goodman, Wis., and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7444 of Armstrong Creek, Wis., are asking for help from the public. A mutual project has begun to identify all deceased veterans who were awarded Purple Heart medals and those who were POW-MIA. We have names in our ...

US demands big NAFTA changes, setting stage for tough trade talks

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States won’t settle for cosmetic changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the top U.S. trade negotiator said, as negotiations to rework terms of the pact began. President Donald Trump has called the 23-year-old trade pact the “worst” in history ...