Category Archives: Vantage Point

New Employee Health Clinic Promises Big Savings


BY MILES MAGUIRE One of the messages that you could take away from last month’s elections is that Americans do not have a great deal of faith in government. They turned against Democratic candidates in one state after another and made it clear that whatever benefits they were supposed to be enjoying from the signature achievement of the Obama administration--health ... Read More »

1,000 New Jobs? Goal May Be Closer Than It Looks


BY Miles Maguire The front-page headline in the Oshkosh Northwestern back in August was dramatic—the new nonprofit organization formed to improve the local business climate, the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp., had set a goal of creating 1,000 jobs over the next three years. When, in early October, Oshkosh Corp. announced that it would be cutting somewhere between 300 and ... Read More »

Statewide Wave of Property Tax Challenges Hits Oshkosh


BY MILES MAGUIRE Statewide Wave of Property Tax Challenges Hits Oshkosh. One day in late July, Madison attorney Don M. Millis filed a pair of lawsuits against the city of Oshkosh on behalf of two well-known retail chains, demanding almost $200,000 in property tax refunds, interest and attorney’s fees. The suits are part of a wave of property tax challenges ... Read More »

Website Covers Courts 10 Years After Paulus Plea


BY MILES MAGUIRE Depending on how you look at it, this month will bring the 10th anniversary of the darkest day in the history of the Winnebago County Circuit Court – or perhaps the                      brightest day. It was April 26, 2004, when the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press ... Read More »

City Hall Takes Its Time With Divestment Proposal


By Miles Maguire Divestment is a word with an ominous ring to it. It sounds so extreme — the idea of grabbing your money and going home, cutting your ties with some other party even if it ends up costing you more than it costs the one you are divesting from. That’s why divestment campaigns most often start out as ... Read More »

2014 Shaping Up As ‘Year of the Riverfront’ in Oshkosh


By Miles Maguire The Oshkosh riverfront, which suffered through decades of environmental abuse followed by a series of halting, mostly piecemeal steps to reclaim it, is on the verge of a major transformation that has the potential to remake the city’s image and economy. “This is our time,” said Grant Schwab, a partner in the newly renamed Morgan District LLC, ... Read More »

City Hall ‘Secrets’ Can Be Found in Weekly Newsletter


By Miles Maguire On Monday, Sept. 30, the Oshkosh Northwestern devoted more than half of its front page to what it must have considered a really big story: the news that the city was considering an annual recycling fee. But it wasn’t much of a scoop—the story had been out on the Internet for a week, thanks to a part-time ... Read More »

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