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Guest opinion: Time to invest in UW–Platteville’s future

UW–Platteville has earned the attention of the UW System Board of Regents.

August 25, 2016 | by Dennis Shields UW–Platteville chancellor | Columns


Guest opinion: The Fire Department: A cut above

When you hear the fire whistle blow, take pause and remember: there for the grace of God go they.

August 18, 2016 | by Eric Cleveland | Columns


Guest opinion: ‘The evils of two lessors’

As a lifelong Republican, it seems mighty strange to watch a Hillary Clinton political ad on TV and find myself nodding in agreement.

August 10, 2016 | by Jeff Stiles weekenderman@mac.com | Columns


Etc.: 240 letters

According to Winston Churchill, the British–American British prime minister, "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."

June 29, 2016 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


Etc.: Mr. Answer Man

The editor of your favorite weekly newspaper is asked questions from time to time. (Which could include: Why are you referring to yourself in the third person?)

June 22, 2016 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


Fathers as role models

Someone wrote that a good father is his daughter's first love and his son's first hero.

June 19, 2016 | by Fr. Donald Lange | Columns


Etc.: Animal stories

If you are of a certain age and found the local (wherever you were) morning top 40 radio offerings insufficient in the 1970s and early 1980s, you may have tuned to WLS radio in Chicago for its "Animal Stories" each weekday at 6:45 or 9:45 a.m.

June 15, 2016 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


Madison Journal: In defense of UW System tenure

"A job for life" are the words Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is using to describe tenure.

June 15, 2016 | by Katherine Cramer UW–Madison | Columns


Etc.: Two Mondays

These two items may be tied together by the song "Fire," written by Bruce Springsteeen and recorded by Springsteen and the Pointer Sisters; "I'm on Fire," two separate songs recorded by Springsteen and Dwight Twilley; or "Fire," two separate songs recorded by Jimi Hendrix and an act called The Crazy World of Arthur Brown:

June 08, 2016 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


Etc.: My ironic ‘holiday’

One important feature of the job description of the editor of your favorite weekly newspaper is to expect, and be able to deal with, the unexpected, unplanned and unprepared-for.

June 01, 2016 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


Washington Journal: A request for veteran history

As families across western and central Wisconsin celebrated Memorial Day, it is important to take some time to reflect on the sacrifices the brave men and women of our Armed Forces and their families have made to protect the freedoms we hold dear.

June 01, 2016 | by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D–La Crosse) | Columns


Guest opinion: Etched in granite

Blue or Gray

May 29, 2016 | by Eric Cleveland | Columns


Guest opinion: Chaplains on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May.

May 29, 2016 | by Fr. Donald Lange | Columns


Etc.: Memorials

Four years ago I wrote here that Memorial Day weekend has become a four-headed observance/holiday, including not just Memorial Day but a second Veterans Day, plus visits to the graves of family members, the weekend for high school graduations (except in Platteville) and the unofficial start of summer.

May 25, 2016 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


Etc.: Home work

The Platteville Common Council spent an hour May 10 on one of Platteville's most intractable problems without coming to agreement about what the problem is.

May 18, 2016 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


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Etc.: PMS’ last day

I got to perform the dual roles of reporter and parent at the first of two meetings about the Platteville Middle School eighth-grade ceremony Wednesday.

March 10, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


The Outdoor Punch - February Madness

With the awesome 60-70 degree weather that has spoiled us lately here in our small corner of Wisconsin, many anglers have taken to the open ...

March 02, 2017 | by Lucas Risser | Columns


Garden Talk - Early budding

A UW Wisconsin Extension State specialist recently put out a bulletin about our week or so stretch of unusually warm weather. They have received many ...

March 02, 2017 | by Carol Kranz | Columns


Etc.: Important fine print

On page 3A of your favorite weekly newspaper is a story about the proposed 2017–19 state budget and proposed state aid increases for schools ...

February 22, 2017 | Steve Prestegard | Columns


Guest opinion: Redevelop the developer agreement

In view of the tight budget the City of Platteville is facing, I have come to the conclusion that the proposed former Pioneer Ford Sales ...

February 17, 2017 | by Ken Kilian District 4 alderman, City of Platteville | Columns


Tricking the Lookers

Every ice fisherman has had a run in with the "lookers". Lookers are the fish that come bolting up towards your bait from the bottom ...

February 16, 2017 | The Outdoor Punch by Lucas Risser | Columns


Sleepwalking - Winter Tales

The January Thaw is behind us and the weather has become more seasonal, cold in nature. It really was too early to hope for spring ...

February 08, 2017 | | Columns


Sleepwalking - The January Thaw

By Charlie Sleep

February 02, 2017 | | Columns


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