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Common Core standards raising the bar for students

Letter to the Editor:

Wisconsin is in the midst of legislative hearings on the Common Core State Standards.

During the first hearing Oct. 3, in Madison, I shared an anecdote from a teacher in a small northern Wisconsin school district. She wrote, “Thank you so much for your strong stand on the Common Core. I see how our math classes have changed for the better — really making students think! Keep up the good work.”

This e-mail sums up why I adopted the Common Core State

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:53 PM
Our view

Community support vital to Warm The Children

This year marks the 17th straight year that this newspaper will be seeking donations in excess of $55,000 to support the nationally acclaimed Warm The Children program. The area’s cold climate and the current economic slump continue to escalate the need.


The program is coming off a year of near record demand in 2012, when 550 children received new winter clothing. Our fund-raising goal is down slightly because the community’s generosity was higher than expected last year, creating some welcomed carryover.


Enthusiasm is high among our volunteer shoppers because Shopko Hometown is

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:52 PM
State job numbers misleading the public

Letter to the Editor:

You know the saying about you can’t believe everything you see or hear on the Internet. It is becoming increasingly clear that what they say about the Internet is true about campaign ads as well.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s (WMC) latest campaign ad to mislead the public concerning Scott Walker’s job creation record is a great demonstration of that truism. Though the writing on the screen has the word “potential” in small print, the announcer talks about Walker’s past record using nebulous numbers (hundreds), obviously trying to get the observer to connect the two.

In it they claim Wisconsin is unusually high in

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:49 PM
League of Women Voters oppose Assembly Bill 54

Letter to the Editor:

The League of Women Voters® opposes Assembly Bill 54 (AB 54), which limits the ability of municipal clerks to serve their constituents and the opportunity for citizens to cast a ballot.

This bill limits the hours that clerks may hold for in-person absentee voting before an election. It bans evening and weekend hours for early voting and limits total hours to no more than 40 hours per week in a two-week period prior to the election.

In Wisconsin, our local election officials are known for their

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:49 PM
Make-A-Wish cheesecake result of community effort

Dear Editor:

At least 100 people crowded into the Make-A-Wish tent at the height of last Saturday’s thunderstorm during Cranberry Fest, seeking shelter from that lashing, soaking rain, which quickly turned everything, inside and out, into a quagmire.

Taking advantage of this captive audience was a no-brainer. My crew and I laughingly told them if they wanted to stay warm and dry inside, they had to buy a piece of the World’s Largest Cranberry Cheesecake.

Umbrellas collapsed and a simultaneous reaching for wallets happened. By the time the rain subsided, there were a lot of people with satisfied taste buds.

Now there will be a lot of kids with medical challenges made happy because

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:48 PM