On Wis. not likely to take up gay marriage again soon
It's funny watching bigots squirm.
On Janesville in storage war over old Menards building
I sympathize with Menards (as much as you can sympathize with an obscenely rich old coot who treats his employees like peons and uses his wealth to oppose all that's right and good in the world), but the city is right -- this is a prime retail location with a couple of drawbacks that will utterly disappear once the economy is spinning again. It shouldn't be wasted with a low-margin, low-traffic business.
What is really striking is that across the ENTIRE United States, opposition to same-sex marriage correlates with age. Older voters don't like it, younger voters do. In every single state, polls show that younger voters support same-sex marriage by ever greater margins, and in every single state, successive polls over the last decade show clear movement toward approval. It's only a matter of time now.http://www.secondpagemedia.com/jadblog/2...http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-mil...http://baselinescenario.com/2009/11/04/s....In 39 states, support for same-sex marriage by those aged 18-29 is already in the majority. The critical problem remains that young people are less likely to vote, so even their strong support doesn't translate into a majority at the ballot box. But if you want to know the future, it's a certainty that it eventually will.
On Former city official chosen as Blackhawk Technical College dean
I'll just say it: Okay, that's odd.
On Milton school staff morale at ‘all-time low’ over plan, teachers say
Demoralization is not a surprise. Demoralization was the ENTIRE POINT of Act 10. This is what the GOP wants -- they hope to discourage more teachers from working for public school systems, lowering the quality, and shoveling students by the bucketload into the highly profitable private/voucher/charter school industry, which has donated millions of dollars to Wisconsin's Republicans..Repeat, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANTED -- to destroy local schools. Look at the right wingers in this thread jeering and cheering at this result.
On Redacted truth, subjunctive outrage
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On BTC instructor says he acted correctly when he removed student
It would have been helpful for this article to explain just what the "correct" procedure is that the college says he should have used and did not follow.
On Walker signs work share bill
A true "lefty" solution, since you all seem to be speculating that this IS one, would be for the employer to sit down with the employees, explain the expected revenue and production situation, and agree WITH THE EMPLOYEES on how to handle that. But I guess that would be a "labor agreement" and employers these days seem to think that "labor agreement" shouldn't be anything more than "here's the job, want it or not?" Oh, how the American dream has been debased..In many ways this is clearly a way to screw the workers to the wall. The employer gets to reduce hours paid AND benefits. It also provides, probably, some a way to evade the Affordable Care Act provisions that will be coming into effect for larger businesses. Businesses like Walmart, which has thousands of employees nationwide taking food stamps and Medicaid as it is.
On We’ve “covered our ash”
Oh, Sigma40, is there any subject on which you are not compelled to post something uninformed? The treatment is effective, but it must be repeated as long as you want to protect the tree. It may become less effective if you are in an area with a large EAB population, which is likely to be, down the road, "everywhere"..As to other invasive threats, the Forest Service maintains an overview.http://www.fs.fed.us/invasivespecies/ind....The Asian Longhorned Beetle has, to date, been successfully contained, and has been eradicated on (I think) Staten Island. Until they get rid of it completely, if that can happen, it could always travel and threaten Midwest urban forests. (So don't ever move wood except locally.).The main reason that the Ash Borer became a threat was that at the time of the DED die-off, replanters did not practice sufficient species diversity. So we got a lot of ash trees, and now there's a threat to them and the population is quite dense. Humans do have the power to affect the next threat..The best recommendation is that you stand where you want to plant a tree and turn in a circle, noting every tree you see. Find out what those trees are -- linden, hackberry, whatever -- and then, DO NOT plant any of those species. This will guarantee that you increase your block's tree diversity.
On Is Rock County Veterans Court worth fixing?
I endorse a drug court and I endorse alternative justice in principle, but I can't endorse a court dedicated to persons with a special status. It flies in the face of equal treatment under the law. If veterans are otherwise eligible for alternative handling they should obviously be entitled to that as well, but just giving them extra privileges, as (mind you) accused criminals, simply for having served is not exactly the sort of fair, honest, and open society that the military is there to protect..It's a shame, of course, that we are ready to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on going to war, but offering appropriate easement back into society and treatment when problems occur is an afterthought. PTSD is real, but we don't need a special veterans court to get people into treatment.
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