Key court case looms Our president’s most recent version of a travel ban aimed against Muslim nations comes before the Supreme Court this Wednesday. The issue at the heart of the case is our Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which prohibits the government from favoring one religion over another. May our nation rise to stand boldly behind her ideals instead of falling prey to fear, demonizing others as we have too often done before ... and now record with shame in our
With most of the high school prom events happening in the county at the end of April, I thought this would be a good opportunity to make some plans for a safe and fun night. Prom is one of the most exciting times in a teen’s high school experience. It’s a celebratory time to mark the end of the school year, and a time that our teens will remember for the rest of their lives. Sadly, every year, some teen’s prom night gets cut tragically short, whether from drinking and
5 years ago — 2013 Hoeft Builders and EO Johnson Office Technologies earn Small Business of the Year accolades at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s 99th annual meeting. 10 years ago — 2008 UW-Eau Claire and the city will be the pilot site for a series of surveys created by the Minnesota Institute of Public Health to gauge the culture of drinking on campuses across the country. 20 years ago — 1998 Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin, James Earl Ray, dies
Editor’s note: The weekly “Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down” editorial offers opinions on highs and lows in the news during the past week. Thumbs up: The near capacity crowd gathered Thursday night for the annual Ann Devroy Forum was a sign of the times in America. Chippewa Valley residents wanted to hear stories from what’s going on in our nation’s government from Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker, who covers President Trump and the White House. Audience members heard
Measure long overdue Finally enough determined U.S. senators have joined to present a bipartisan bill called the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect the Robert Mueller investigation. The bill stipulates that the special counsel can only be fired with good cause. The investigation is examining Russian influence during the last election, which Donald Trump surprisingly won. A grand jury has already indicted several Russians, and work of the special counsel needs to
5 years ago — 2013 Richie Havens, a folk singer and guitarist who performed at Woodstock, dies at the age of 72. 10 years ago — 2008 Concern over an endangered butterfly slows work on an Altoona mixed-use development along the Eau Claire River. 20 years ago — 1998 Bloomer Community Memorial Hospital’s board OKs a proposal to join the Mayo Health System. 35 years ago — 1983 A St. Croix County man who halted two trespassers with a shotgun is acquitted of
Nelson’s story compelling When we received orders to the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan, my wife and I had no idea we’d be coming back to the states four years later with two children. It was an outstanding experience. Part of this was the opportunity to explore the history of Okinawa, especially involving the end of World War II. The Battle of Okinawa was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater, resulting in the death of about 300,000 military and civilians.
5 years ago — 2013 Local author Arlyn Colby discusses his second book about railroads, titled “The Blueberry Line.” 10 years ago — 2008 The Milwaukee Bucks hire Scott Skiles as their new coach. 20 years ago — 1998 Former Green Bay Packer Reggie White says the voice of God persuaded him to come out of retirement. 35 years ago — 1983 High school seniors take part in Government Day.
A waste of tax money Imagine my surprise to learn from the “Ten minutes at the Supreme Court” news article that my hard-earned money via tax dollars was used to defend the practice of diluting voters to secure and maintain majorities in the Wisconsin Legislature. First the 2011 Wisconsin Legislature gerrymandered the voting districts to give Republican candidates a more than favorable edge in elections. Now many of those legislators expect those very same voters that they diluted
5 years ago — 2013 Wynonna Judd reflects on her career and new music in advance of a performance in Eau Claire. 10 years ago — 2008 More than 100 state employees grossed more in wages in 2007 than Gov. Jim Doyle. 20 years ago — 1998 Microsoft’s Windows 98 crashes as Bill Gates provides a preview of its features. 35 years ago — 1983 “Gonzo journalist” Hunter S. Thompson speaks at UW-Stout.