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
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
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.
5 years ago — 2013 Chippewa Falls girls basketball coach Alison Becker resigns to take a teaching position in the Stanley-Boyd district. 10 years ago — 2008 The Eau Claire school district will address seventh-grade sex education after complaints that some topics are too graphic. 20 years ago — 1998 A thief steals a live lobster from the local Red Lobster restaurant. 35 years ago — 1983 The Maple Drive school on Highway 85 south of Eau Claire will be torn down.
Editorial lauded I read with great interest and heartfelt thanks the recent article in the Leader-Telegram by retired editor Don Huebscher — “Why the liberal arts matter.” There has to be a silent majority that agrees. The long trend that takes for granted or even diminishes the significant value of humanities needs to be challenged. Obviously, preparing our young citizens to become productive, creative employees and leaders in our high-tech, knowledge-based society is
It’s sometimes said that the political power brokers doing business in Madison and Milwaukee have a tendency to overlook other parts of state. Whether or not there’s any validity to that sentiment, western Wisconsin is not underrepresented on at least a few fronts. Consider a couple of examples: • A crowded field of gubernatorial candidates includes state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, and state Rep. Dana Wachs, D-Eau Claire. Vinehout was fourth among Gov. Scott