Editorials

This is what’s possible when we pull together

After nearly four years of meetings, referendums, negotiations with legislators and many other peaks and valleys, one hardly knows whether to feel more excited or relieved

6 hrs ago
Gambling with weather has high stakes

A wise man once said that after you are in an accident or your car is buried in a snow-filled ditch is the wrong time to decide you shouldn’t have been driving.

3 days ago
Keep current rules on selling water utilities

The Legislature would be wise to put the brakes on a proposal reportedly moving quickly that would make it easier for private companies to buy and operate municipal water

4 days ago
Letter from the Editor: Removing muck from lakebed preserves beauty, longevity

I’m sure to a lot of people, a provision in a bill pending in the Legislature that would allow lakefront property owners to remove up to three dump trucks full of

4 days ago
If nobody pays, how does our nation survive?

In one sense, Johnson Controls’ recent merger with Tyco International that will save the Glendale-based company a reported $160 million annually in federal taxes is no

1 week ago
‘New’ downtown needs support to be successful

Eau Claire City Council President Kerry Kincaid said it well last week when she described the buzz of downtown construction work as “exhilarating and exhausting

1 week ago
In the end, suspects decide level of force

Last Sunday night’s shooting of a knife-wielding man by Eau Claire police officer Anthony Briski along Galloway Street has triggered the usual discussion about the

1 week ago
Family fights for land rights

Editor’s note: The weekly “Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down” editorial offers opinions on highs and lows in the news during the past week.

1 week ago
Teen pregnancy rate decline good news

For those convinced our nation is going to you-know-where in a handbasket, we present some encouraging news on the teen pregnancy front. Specifically, the numbers are way

2 weeks ago
Let’s wake up; amend constitution

Last week’s sentencing of former long-time Eau Claire County treasurer Larry Lokken to 9½ years in prison ends (for now, at least) round one of the years-long

2 weeks ago
‘GAAP’ deficit cloud’s state budget picture

Most Wisconsinites take pride in living within our means and meeting our obligations. We guard against spending money we don’t have.

2 weeks ago
CF board realized it was no-win

Editor’s note: The weekly “Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down” editorial offers opinions on highs and lows in the news during the past week.

2 weeks ago
WIAA fights a losing battle

One of the many hilarious scenes in the 1980 comedy classic “Caddyshack” shows protagonist Danny Noonan needing a putt to win the Bushwood Country Club

3 weeks ago
Kardashians no worse than partisan blabber

Many “serious-minded” people lament the popularity of the long-running cable TV “reality” show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

3 weeks ago
Here’s why state support for UW waning

It’s been said often that we’re all fighting our own battles, and for middle-class families and their college-age offspring, a major battle is paying for higher

3 weeks ago