What will the president say about education and should we pay attention?

My fellow Americans, here’s some stuff we should do. Or not. Either way. As I recall I was very interested in President Obama’s call for universal preschool in last year’s 2013 State of the Union address, not because I thought … Continue reading

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Look at these cool photos of commemorative Wausau streetcar tokens and 1940s-era buses

My column last week was about the closing of Wausau’s streetcar system in 1940 in favor of what was touted as a safer, more comfortable, more attractive form of transit: the bus. Since it ran I’ve exchanged a few emails … Continue reading

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The restaurants Wausau wants

On Facebook, we asked readers what restaurant or new business they would like to see open in the Wausau area in 2014. I took the nearly 200 responses and pared them down to just the name suggestions and made a … Continue reading

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Top 10 political cartoons of 2013

Are these really the 10 best political cartoons of the year? Or did I just have a little bit of time to kill at work on New Year’s Eve? I’LL NEVER TELL… [View the story “The year in political cartoons” … Continue reading

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Debating the race-based mascots law

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Lumberjack nicknames from Clothespin Ole to Three-Fingered Ole: Awesome lumberjack nicknames courtesy of the Marathon County Historical Society

Is that you, Cruel-Face? Here is some fun I had this weekend: [View the story "33 Lumberjack Nicknames" on Storify]

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Anonymous letter: Dear Wisconsin Rapids, don’t be such jerks to fast-food workers

We don’t publish anonymous letters to the editor for plenty of good reasons. But what is a blog for if not irresponsible flouting of journalistic conventions? And there is some real feeling behind this unsigned letter that came through this … Continue reading

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“Face it, guys, Halloween is a crap holiday” vs. “Face it, Mentzer, Halloween is wonderful”: Point-Counterpoint

Booooo, indeed. Here at the Views from Here blog, we are not afraid to take on the big issues. But we also believe in the importance of offering our readers both sides of every story. And when I told my … Continue reading

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Audio from “Yo! MCPL Raps,” a panel I did at the library about hip-hop music

This was enormous fun to research and talk about, thanks to Chad Dally of the Marathon County Public Library for putting it together and inviting me to participate. Below are three segments — mine is #3 — as well as … Continue reading

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What is behind the big House-Senate fight about defunding Obamacare?

Today the House is going to vote on a bill that would defund Obamacare for the sole purpose of sending it to die in the Senate. This is House conservatives’ way of calling the bluff of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, … Continue reading

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