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Imagine getting a check every month in the effort to combat global warming. Last week, three Republican and three Democratic House members took a significant step to making that a reality with the introduction of H.R. 7173 —The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA) - which would …

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The brouhaha over Tracy Hom’s Facebook post is interesting. While the Chronotype is pilloried by comments on its own Facebook page and at government meetings, some key issues remain unaddressed.

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It recently came to the attention of our organization that Capt. Tracy Hom of the Rice Lake Police Department posted a homophobic meme on his private Facebook page. Given the responses of Captain Hom, RLPD, and the Barron County community, we would like to offer a couple thoughts.

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As parents of a child in the LGBTQ community, we were concerned when we heard about police Captain Tracy Hom’s Facebook post that recently became public. What may seem like a small thing to many people can be a big deal for parents with a vulnerable child. For that reason, we’d like to expre…

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It’s coming up on a decade since my mom died by suicide. Wow. Ten whole years full of memories and experiences that I have had without my mother. The question I have been faced with recently is, is suicide preventable? Yes. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind about that. My next question…

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As a local bank manager, I get the privilege of seeing a variety of good and bad circumstances confronted by my customers on a daily basis.  It’s humbling that people turn to me to discuss their life’s issues.  While listening and helping are a part of the job, the most concerning issues I’v…

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With Veterans Day fast approaching, now is the time to check your American flag to see if it needs replacement and while you are at it, check out the flags of your neighbors, friends, relatives, workplaces and any other American flags you may notice in your travels about Rice Lake. 

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I am not happy with being the token farmer for Scott Walker's campaign. I have not even heard a whisper from him as Wisconsin lost farmers in record breaking numbers.

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Climate change is “only a theory?”  Perhaps.  Isn’t gravity also only theoretical?  You can’t see it or hear it or taste it.  And, besides, if there really is gravity, how is it that birds and planes and kites are flying?  And atoms, really?  Am I to believe that electrons are zipping around…

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People who claim that the school voucher program is just a variation of public school choice overlook an important difference.  The voucher program represents public tax dollars spent on private religious education.  

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Well, this year it is happening— it is happening in Rice Lake and will affect the Rice Lake public schools. This was only supposed to happen in inner-city school districts, according to our Representative, Romaine Quinn.

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I am acquainted with a number Barron County Republican Party leaders who I know as decent and charitable people. They don’t appear to be fans of an extreme political environment. They don’t equate “conservative” with “white supremacist” and neither do I.  But their county party website, the …

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When the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Milwaukee released records about sexual misconduct complaints to news organizations last month, they heavily redacted the documents and refused to identify numerous employees who were found to have committed wrongdoing. Should media outlets sue…

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Since 1970 Americans of all political persuasions, faiths and backgrounds have undertaken personal action to help the environment for Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22.  It even transcends cultural differences as this year Earth Day will be celebrated in 193 countries.

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In the wake of recent school tragedies, the Wisconsin State Senate and Wisconsin State Assembly are proposing and working through legislation that, if passed, will make $100 million in grants available for school districts in the state of Wisconsin to add or replace various safety measures. 

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In my career as a journalist, I have encountered many public officials who respect government openness and transparency.

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The Veterans Resource Center on the UW-Barron County campus has been a vision of current Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences student Amanda Williams of Almena. Her idea to create a space on campus where veterans can enjoy some quiet time in addition to serving as a study room for traditi…

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On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, every high school junior in the state of Wisconsin participated in the required ACT assessment. 

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Spring is nearly upon us and that means that state testing will soon be ramping up. There is no question that mixed feelings exist regarding state testing, but it is unlikely that it will ever go away. Most lawmakers look at standardized testing as a key means to assigning accountability whi…

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On Feb. 17, Ridgeland will hold its annual Pioneer Days. During this event chickens will be tossed from a roof top into the crowd below and pigs will be chased. Both of these events are inhumane and lacking in any compassion for animals. Thankfully, the Alliance for Animals has started a pet…

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Last night as the new movie “The Post” ended at our local theater, the audience broke into loud applause. 

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The Chronotype story “Ad campaign seeks to attract Wisconsin workers” appearing on the editorial page of the Jan. 17 issue suggests what to do when there are more jobs than workers.  The $1 million Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. ad campaign is primarily directed to millennial workers i…

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The Cameron School District is pursuing a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  This grant provides funding that ranges from $80,000 up to a maximum of $145,000 annually for up to 5 years. Authorized under Title IV, Part B of ES…