Calling for gun control Another mass shooting. This time killing 17 students in Florida. Another call was made for stricter background checks and a few others that in no way impinge on the Second Amendment. Once again the Republicans say this is no time to bring up talk on guns. So, on and on it goes and massacre after massacre happens. Truth be told, more laws will not end mass murders with guns. The only real solution is to ban all high-capacity, military-style assault rifles and all
5 years ago — 2013 Pep Simek of Medford, who co-founded Tombstone Pizza, dies at the age of 86. 10 years ago — 2008 Barack Obama and John McClain sweep to victories in the February Wisconsin presidential primary. 20 years ago — 1998 About 36,000 pounds of milk spills after a truck rolls over north of Jim Falls. 35 years ago — 1983 A Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Eau Claire announces it will be expanding and doubling its output.
Truth is critical Speaking the truth is a trait we teach or should be teaching our children. It is a trait that should be practiced our entire lives. It is unfortunate that using deception and lying has become an accepted way of life in much of the world today. Television provides us the opportunity to witness people lying or spinning the truth daily. Our elected officials in Washington use this technique almost every time they speak. I have never read the qualifications to be a politician,
5 years ago — 2013 A Chippewa Falls location of Planned Parenthood, 24 Sunshine Circle, will close soon. 10 years ago — 2008 GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee speaks to an estimated 600 to 700 people at UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center. 20 years ago — 1998 Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray dies four days after suffering a heart attack. 35 years ago — 1983 A judge temporarily puts a halt to a rule that makes clinics inform patients’ parents if their
As a sports reporter during the first phase of my newspaper career, I spent a fair amount of time interviewing high school coaches in their offices. Many of those coaches had inspirational writings on their walls or desks, and a few of them stayed with me, including one that read: “It’s amazing how much we can accomplish if no one cares who gets the credit.” Sadly, that ideal is the exact opposite of how our federal and often state governments operate. If our lawmakers and
Candidate inexperienced As a former deputy chief of police for the city of Eau Claire, I am writing to express my serious concerns about Shaughnessy Murphy’s qualifications for judgeship. My work in law enforcement has proven time and time again that experience and ability are paramount for those working in our legal system. But Gov. Scott Walker has once again proven that his priority is Republican politics ahead of sound governance. Like many of President Donald Trump’s recent
There is no cure for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. According to the CTE Center at the Boston University School of Medicine, the degenerative brain disease is found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma. Football and hockey players are prone to the disease, though it’s not limited to athletes. Symptoms, according to the CTE Center, “include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety, suicidality,
5 years ago — 2013 Snowmobile racers Afton and Lawson Sterry of Pepin, brothers of the ages 8 and 6, respectively, are featured in Midwest Wheels of Thunder Magazine. 10 years ago — 2008 The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is in the final stages of preparing a plan to bring phosphorus levels in Tainter Lake down to federal standards. 20 years ago — 1998 Poor snow and weather conditions will shorten the Birkebeiner cross-country ski race from 52 to 25 kilometers.
Infrastructure critical There has been a lot of discussion about the infrastructure of the United States and Wisconsin. Wisconsin has a strong need for improvement, ranking in the lower half of all the states for our roads and bridges. Recently the option of toll roads in Wisconsin has come up. I believe it is past time we raise the gas tax, which has been the same since 2006. I would rather have a few pennies added on each gallon than paying every time I travel on selected roads. The
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: Adult hockey players in Altoona received a reality check last month when a player stopped breathing on the ice. Fortunately, one of the teams playing was the Mighty Docs, with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire neurologist Dr. Donn Dexter on the squad. Dexter and others used an automatic external defibrillator and performed CPR on