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Thu
18
Jul

Range eggs: Live free or fry!

What the heck are range eggs, and why would they be free?

That question bothered me for weeks as I passed a hobby farm on a commute to a previous job.

The operation displayed a huge sign:

FREE

RANGE

EGGS

I was tempted to stop in to claim my free eggs but I wasn’t sure what I would be getting. I had heard of organic eggs and low-cholesterol eggs and 100-year-old eggs but I had never heard of range eggs.

The concept was troublesome. How can eggs roam the range? How do they get there, and how do you protect against — poaching?

I finally decided that these must be eggs that chickens lay out in the open farmstead, wherever they feel the urge, and because they are out on the range it is hard to tell how old the eggs are, which is probably why they are free.

Thu
18
Jul

Lawsuit put end to abusive practice

Wisconsin’s open records law applies to all records requests, big or small. Under former Attorney General Brad Schimel, the Wisconsin Department of Justice implemented a restrictive policy that limited access based on the number of potentially responsive emails.

After being sued by the Center for Media and Democracy, the Justice Department rescinded its policy and turned over hundreds of records concerning the Affordable Care Act.

The case began last summer, when CMD asked for all records and communications regarding the ACA involving the Attorney General’s office and the Wisconsin solicitor general. The request covered an eight-month period.

At that time, Wisconsin held a leading role in a multi-state lawsuit aimed at striking down the ACA and eliminating health coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Thu
18
Jul

National police force needed

To the editor:

Our nation needs a prompt reaction to the growing attack on our total police forces of the U.S.A.

Here is the quick, effective answer which the governments of all 50 states should welcome. The U.S. Congress needs to put forth a congressional decree that doesn’t have to be anything more than to rename the total civil police forces of every American city, be it a township of 750 men, to the major metropolises of same. They would be known as the United States Civilian Police of America.

Should any policeman in all 50 states be fired upon, he or she shall treat it as a total foreign attack upon the U.S.A. and the proper action be to eliminate those who would terrorize this country. No trials, because there shouldn’t be any defendants. They are receiving their maximum sentence of death at the scene of their uncaring and cruel crime.

Fri
12
Jul

Out of tragedy comes a rededication to journalism

The first anniversary of the terrible newsroom attack in Annapolis, Maryland, passed by with minimal fanfare. In a way, it was rather refreshing, as we, as a society, seem to relish reliving dark days, but in reality, many folks in journalism are constantly thinking about it — while still doing their jobs.

Not much has changed since a gunman went on a rampage at the Capital Gazette and killed five people. The Associated Press has described it as the worst attack on journalists in U.S. history, and considering the attention it got that dark day on June 28, 2018, it’s understandable.

Fri
12
Jul

Gerrymandering jeopardizes democracy

The fate of our democracy is in the hands of the public. It can only survive if people act in its defense.

There is much concern about the issues threatening our democracy. Among them are gerrymandering efforts, which tip the scale as to who gets elected.

The practice was started in 1812 by Elbridge Gerry who was the governor of Massachusetts. He redrew the state’s electoral district’s into the shape of a salamander so his party would have a better chance at winning. Over the years, both parties have used this tactic to continue their political party’s domination.

Every 10 years, district lines are redrawn following a census. State assembly and senate districts as well as congressional districts are changed based on population changes. The party in power has the advantage. They can pack the opposing party’s voters into a few districts and spread the rest out thinly over the remaining districts so their party’s voters always make up the majority.

Fri
12
Jul

Shopping locally benefit to community

We all pinch pennies and shop bargains. When I was young, we made the annual trip to Green Bay to buy school clothing and supplies. Shawano is smaller, so the stores cannot buy at the same volume, therefore everything in Shawano is more expensive. At least, that was the belief.

Many children that grew up in the 1960s experienced this annual pilgrimage to the big city. Because we experienced this in our youth, we repeated the process with our children. The result is that to this day we believe that everything in our small town is more expensive than the same items in the big city.

That is not true. Today many stores in Shawano contract with an agency that lets them know what the large city stores advertising on television are selling their items for. Shawano store prices are adjusted daily based on what the larger stores are advertising. You do not have to go to the big city to get a deal.

Thu
27
Jun

Many voices help bring lake level issues to quick resolution

Sometimes, it pays to make waves.

As area boaters take to the water, especially during the upcoming Fourth of July holidays, they should take a moment, as do we, in congratulating the Shawano Area Waterways Management (SAWM) board and members for their timely and persistent campaign to get water levels raised.

We welcome the June 26 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order that water levels at the Shawano dam be maintained at 802.9 feet above mean sea level (msl) until Nov. 15. As advocated by SAWM and supported by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the rise of 4-5 inches provides greater safety for boaters and more extensive access to the waters above the dam.

Walleyes for Tomorrow and Sturgeon for Tomorrow have countered that 802.5 msl is necessary for a healthy fishery in the years to come. As spawning is long past this year for walleyes and sturgeon, there should not be a negative impact through November.

Thu
27
Jun

Accepting Medicaid funds could help farmers

Wisconsin Farmers Union applauds the Joint Finance Committee vote last week to fund the University of Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub. This important investment in our land-grant universities is essential for Wisconsin to remain a leader in the dairy industry.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the state legislature has not only fully funded its universities and colleges, but also just provided $8 million directly to dairy farmers to pay their Dairy Margin Coverage premiums. Why is it that Minnesota can manage to fund university research and provide direct help to struggling dairy farmers, while the Wisconsin state legislature struggled to find money for just one of these worthwhile initiatives?

Thu
27
Jun

When life hands you lemons, hide them before the police see

The old adage says that when life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade.

What it doesn’t tell is that if your children try to sell that lemonade by setting up a stand, that action will bring lights and sirens to your neighborhood.

As if there are not enough government restrictions in our lives, the time-honored tradition of children trying to raise their own spending money has gone from being a lesson in responsibility to a stern warning that if you attempt to be an entrepreneur, you will be looked at like you’re a bootlegger or speakeasy during Prohibition. The police will fine the kids (and, by extension, the families) for selling something without a permit. Instead of being encouraged to learn commerce and enjoy the fresh air, they’ll be driven back into their homes to play video games all day, every day.

Fri
21
Jun

Censored valedictorian gets to speak his truth, after all

Nat Werth has a lot to be proud of in his high school career. Becoming the valedictorian of your class is no easy feat, and with that honor, you get to give an address to your fellow classmates, teachers, assorted school staff and hordes of community members eager to know what 13 years of education has produced in each graduating class.

For Werth, giving that address should have been a highlight — if not the highlight — of his K-12 education. He didn’t get the chance, though. The valedictorian for Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School had his address cancelled by the school’s administration. Werth said in news reports that he talked about being a gay teen in a parochial school in his address, and an excerpt from his speech called into question the validity of the claim of Lutherans, shared by a number of other Christian denominations, that homosexuality is a sin.

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