State on wrong track As we near the November general election, the negative ads particularly by the GOP and its big money backers are going crazy. Some may make valid points, but most sound like they come from President Donald Trump’s playbook that relies heavily on “what about ...” and “I heard it said.” I prefer to look at real things like our roads, our dysfunctional Legislature and our education system. One only has to drive on our state highways to see how
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: Mary Kante loves her work. And those she has touched internationally love her for it. The Eau Claire resident works for a nonprofit called Population Services International, traveling to Africa more than a dozen times in the past 16 years to work on health care issues, according to a story by the Leader-Telegram’s Erica Jones.
5 years ago — 2013 UW-Stout student Ryan Enzler takes first place in the student Thermoforming Division of a Society of Plastics Engineers national competition with his Heal Guard, a pivoting plastic shield that fits under a patient’s foot, heel and lower leg to help prevent infections. 10 years ago — 2008 The Eau Claire City Council could consider a per-property snowplow charge as an alternative to program and job cutbacks in an effort to balance the 2009 city budget. 20
PAC too influential I have often wondered why two elderly men (the Koch brothers) worth $100 billion would be so deeply invested in politics in states where they cannot vote. Their super PAC, Americans for Prosperity, has a nice ring to it. Seems like it would benefit all Americans. Wrong. It is a massive slush fund that buys people like our current governor, loads of congressmen and senators. It even funds campaigns as far down the food chain as school board members. The brothers have goals
5 years ago — 2013 Menomonie native Jason Church, an Army first lieutenant who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan, earns the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association Inspiration Award. 10 years ago — 2008 A recent survey indicates an office vacancy rate of 16.4 percent in downtown Eau Claire. 20 years ago — 1998 The Eau Claire school board ponders pursuing a $9 million technology referendum. 35 years ago — 1983 A fire destroys the chalet at Mount
City overreach I am confused by the recent action taken by the Eau Claire City Council regarding an ordinance to outlaw conversion therapy, which as I understand is a faith-based effort to assist gender-confused persons using traditional and biblically-based approaches. I believe the intended outcome is a well-adjusted, productive person who lives their lives in accordance with birth gender. For the life of me I cannot understand why this is an issue for a city council to act upon. We allow
5 years ago — 2013 Seventeen candidates from across the U.S. apply to lead the Eau Claire Police Department following Chief Jerry Matysik’s retirement. 10 years ago — 2008 A town of Washington family calls authorities after a bear breaks into a livestock pen and attacks two llamas, which escape; a warden arrives and fatally shoots the bear. 20 years ago — 1998 Northern States Power Co. will bring back the promotional character Reddy Kilowatt. 35 years ago —
Dems’ behavior poor I know the word “illegal” is not recognized by the liberal Democrats and it seems like common sense is also a lost art. Watching their attack mode in action on the news is almost embarrassing to me and I am a conservative. I can’t believe people allow themselves to become so enraged that they act like animals. The rudeness, vulgarity and shout-in-your face type of protests have no place in our country. If you pay attention to the crowds of rude
5 years ago — 2013 Local businesses are split on whether they are in favor of a proposal to increase the speed limit to 70 mph on Wisconsin’s interstates. 10 years ago — 2008 The proposed 2009 Eau Claire city budget includes $31,300 to add five water outlets at Lakeview and Forest Hill cemeteries to make it easier for visitors to water flowers at gravesites. 20 years ago — 1998 The Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce wants to sell its building at 811 N. Bridge St.
Pronschinske one of the good politicians When it comes to politicians, most people can take them or leave them. I think the majority of people would leave them. I recently had the opportunity to serve with one of our local politicians, Assemblyman Treig Pronschinske. We had served together on the Mondovi City Council, Treig as mayor and I as president of the council. During our public service together, we learned the city was faced with major financial and personnel issues. He knew there