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In mid-November, a photo circulated showing a group of nearly 60 boys last spring at Baraboo High School giving what appeared to be a Nazi salute. On Nov. 19, I gave a talk at the school. What follows is adapted from those remarks.

“Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.”

As a former health education instructor with over 30 years of experience, I have done extensive work with alcohol and drug prevention since the late 1970s.

There was a single big item on the agenda when U.S. bishops convened in Baltimore last week: how to confront the child sex abuse scandals that perennially soil the church.

This Thanksgiving, I’m setting an extra table.

Now that we again have divided political leadership in Madison and Washington, recent history tells us that little if anything will be accomplished in the next two years.

Among other eccentricities, I do not possess a smartphone and have never wanted one. It’s bad enough that I spend my working hours flitting around the internet like an over-caffeinated sparrow without carrying Google in my pocket. If I need to check the weather in Galway, Ireland, or Andrew …

WASHINGTON — The 2018 elections began the demolition of the Trump coalition.

Former Green Bay Packer Jim Taylor’s recent death stirred an indelible memory of an unusual meeting with the Packers icon that occurred an evening before a Packers-Vikings game during the Vince Lombardi era.

Lisa Ecker entered UW-River Falls in 2014 after growing up in the small town of Wanamingo, Minn. Upon graduation in 2017, she was offered a job as a project engineer at GEA in Hudson with a starting salary of $65,000 a year. She is now working on projects that allow her to travel around the …

If you don’t trust someone or something, your tendency is to distance yourself from him, her or it.

It’s difficult not to smile when thinking back to my tenure as the first ticket agent for the newly restored Soo Line #2719 ... so many pleasant toll-free conversations in my home office with people from all over the state, country and world, sharing their excitement about upcoming excursion…

“As governor, I would get rid of the programs that don’t work and fund the ones that do,” said a candidate at a forum last summer. I am sure people thought just how would you know that?

To a lot of people, the beginning of the fall season means apple picking, pumpkin carving, hay rides and leaves changing color. For Wisconsin, fall brings a brand new season of tourism. From all over the country, but especially from the Midwest, tourists explore all the wonders Wisconsin has…

As my wife and I took in all the beautiful sights and sounds at last Saturday’s public unveiling of the Pablo Center at the Confluence, my thoughts turned to the sea change in downtown Eau Claire since I first set sights on it on another Saturday just shy of 32 years ago.

The Affordable Care Act endured immense scrutiny before passage and has withstood almost a decade of attacks to protect patients from big corporations. Versions of the federal law that would come to be known as the Affordable Care Act were approved by both chambers of Congress in 2009, and t…

When I was elected attorney general, I made a commitment as chief law enforcement officer of Wisconsin to do all I can to maintain the safety and well-being of all our citizens. One of the biggest threats to the safety and well-being of our communities is substance abuse. While we have made …

The benefits from the Foxconn project in Racine County are having positive impacts across Wisconsin and are yielding measurable results in all parts of the state, even up here in Jackson County.

On June 17, the Leader-Telegram published an “It Seems to Me” article by William Balgord entitled “Life dependent on carbon dioxide.” For the most practical part, the truth stopped at the title.

I recently attended a peace vigil sponsored by an Eau Claire church in conjunction with “Wear Orange” and the group Everytown for Gun Safety, which was formed after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.

The question: What’s your stance on a possible $30 county vehicle registration fee, commonly referred to as a wheel tax, in Eau Claire County?

Humans are a tribal species. We hang out in our social media bubbles. We associate with like-minded individuals. We can’t for the life of us understand why Republicans do such terrible things or why Democrats (insert pejorative here).

President Trump decided not to participate in the Paris Climate Agreement based on evidence that reducing U.S. carbon dioxide emissions back to 1992 levels would impose heavy economic costs and unduly burden Americans.

Now is the time for Wisconsinites to take action if they want the most innovative and cost-effective state prescription drug savings program for seniors to be extended another decade.

There is no shortage of creativity among the students and professors of the University of Wisconsin System. They come up with great ideas every day, from a new way to teach physics out of UW-Green Bay to a mechanism that lets a paraplegic at UW-River Falls saddle her own horse.

Millions of people visit Washington, D.C., annually to take in the monuments that commemorate our great experiment in self-government and honor those who gave their lives to protect and defend it.

A lot of people look at the decisions made in Washington and believe there is little effect on the local level. When it comes to some of the recently announced trade tariffs, though, each of us may soon see a direct impact.

Since the tragic killing of 14 high school students and three teachers at a public school in Parkland, Fla., there has been much talk of how to make our schools safer. This is not the first time schoolchildren and staff have been the victims of a shooter armed with an assault weapon. But it …

Recently I was asked what I thought is necessary for our society to rid itself of such problems as school shootings, overdosing, sexual misconduct, the demise of marriage and the dissolution of family life. Starting with the assumption that all societies will always have problems, my attempt…

Student learning, safety and engagement are my highest priorities as the UW-Eau Claire dean of students. I have spent my career helping college students stay safe and make success-enhancing choices, so I know the road to changing culture and behavioral choices is long and challenging. A comb…

I have children in school who are 7 and 5 years old. On occasion, I’ve received emails from their school district about “incidents” involving suspicious characters or the possibility of illegal behavior. We’ve all hoped that making the choice to live in northern Wisconsin would free us of su…