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Sure Signs of Spring

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By Michael Mentzer It’s interesting and a bit daunting to process what filters through a person’s mind when the thought barricades are pushed aside. On a recent unseasonably mild afternoon, my thoughts — probably for a number of unfettered reasons — turned to Beauty and the Beast (not the story, but the outdoor world); baseball great Roberto Clemente and a ... Read More »

Dreams, Redux

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BY John Price-Kabhir, the Buddhist Adviser (This column follows from last month’s piece about dreams and dreaming.) But dreams have a lightness about them. As a brick or stone carries weight, dreams carry no weight. Although the images in dreams are ethereal, the “things” of dreams do not have weighty substance. We float through our dreams. Even nightmares keep us ... Read More »

April elections and, Did the GOP commit treason?

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By Rohn Bishop Attorney General, Brad Schimel, likes to remind his audience how a bill becomes a law, using the “School House Rocks” cartoon as his example. It goes something like this: “First, a bill passes the Assembly; if it passes the Senate in the exact form; it goes to the Governor’s desk. If the governor signs the bill, it ... Read More »

Media Rants Talks to Mike McCabe

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BY Tony Palmeri Democracy activist Mike McCabe, former Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and author of the reform manifesto Blue Jeans in High Places, will speak at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Reeve Union 306. Attendance is free and open to all. If you are interested in what is ailing ... Read More »

The State of Media Vetting

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BY Robert E. Meyer Scott Walker got elected as governor of Wisconsin without a college degree. That has the usual purveyors of snide remarks, such as democratic provocateur, Howard Dean, questioning Walker’s presidential qualifications. Funny, once upon a time the unlikely achiever was celebrated as an American success story. In Howard Dean’s world, Walker is shunned because he isn’t an ... Read More »

The Long Path to Equal Citizenship

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BY Dennis Riley The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees every citizen equal protection of the laws of the state in which that citizen — any U.S. citizen in any state for any reason — finds himself or herself. The amendment doesn’t define equal protection, but the First amendment doesn’t define free speech, the Fifth doesn’t define due process, ... Read More »

An Ending to Vending

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BY Dobie Maxwell As painful and disappointing as it may be to accept, I have finally forced myself to live with the harsh reality that at this point in my life the only way I will ever appear on SportsCenter is if I take a foul ball to the face at a baseball game. And even then, they won’t mention ... Read More »

Game of Thrones Stimulus Package

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BY NICK OLIG The new year brought with it subzero temperatures and a temptation to binge-watch popular shows I’d never seen. A friend’s recommendation guided me to Game of Thrones. By the end of the first episode, with so much potential for episodic drama rife with good, evil, sex, and violence, I gazed out the window, saw two polar bears ... Read More »

Mortal Phases

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BY Richard Ostrom This month I am going to devote some quality time toward a surprisingly good modern day take on one of the oldest school fractions of the monster movie sub-genre. Said film, calling itself ‘Late Phases’ (with the subtitle, ‘Night of the Lone Wolf’ on the cover art but nowhere in the film) and hailing from the good ... Read More »

Artful Living

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By Jean Detjen Fox Cities/Central Wisconsin independent business owners: A side-feature of my new ‘Artful Living’ column in Scene Newspaper will be all about fashion and objects d’art. My personally selected ‘Foxy Finds’ will be featured monthly, starting with the April issue. I’m on the hunt for unique, artful creations for body and work/living spaces that excite the senses. Clothing, ... Read More »

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