Is DNR less concerned with water quality?

If we needed further evidence that the DNR’s allegiance has shifted from protecting our air and water to accommodating business’s interests, we received a press release at the end of the day Thursday on a manure spill.

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  • Legislature finds true bipartisan agreement in naming official dairy product, but not on hunting laws

    November 16th, 2017
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    I could almost hear the agonized groans from Madison this session as the legislature grappled with the weighty decision of naming cheese the state’s official dairy product.

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    What is the ‘Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce’?

    November 9th, 2017
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    I rarely watch network television other than the occasional news show or maybe a special. But for seven nights, I was totally absorbed in the Houston Astros’ fate, even though I don’t really understand baseball.

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    On Veterans Day, remember the Wilton American Legion’s James Leith

    November 2nd, 2017
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    If you live in this area, chances are the Wilton American Legion Hall is familiar to you. You might have gone there for Friday-night fish or attended one of the numerous events held there over the course of a year.

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    Do you have favorite memories of the Ontario Community Hall?

    October 25th, 2017
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    For the thousands who have inquired about what I am doing in retirement, no, I am not knitting socks or creating cute crafts.

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    What is Hefner’s legacy?

    October 5th, 2017
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    Does anyone really believe it was the intensely engaging writing that drew readers to Playboy?

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  • Let’s put Francis Scott Key on trial

    September 27th, 2017
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    Okay, it’s time to put Francis Scott Key on trial, even though he would be 240 years old. It’s never too late to take a closer look at the man who penned our national anthem.

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    What if Facebook were the only news source left?

    September 20th, 2017
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    I think I am one of the last few in the world who has resisted Facebook’s siren call. You probably attribute my stubbornness to my jealousy of the way Facebook has elbowed aside traditional media.

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    The revival of Ontario’s Sandon building

    September 14th, 2017
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    The building dominates Ontario’s downtown, as the early settlers never invested much in masonry construction. Perhaps because Ontario was the center of the timber industry, frame buildings were good enough.

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    Don’t expect business to insure clean air, water

    August 30th, 2017
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    When did the American voter fall in love with the idea that business can do a better job than government can?

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    KKK figures into Wisconsin history

    August 28th, 2017
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    One of the things that struck me from my interview with JP Olson, the African-American singer who wowed the Ontario Community Hall audience in July, was her unbridled enthusiasm for the village. More than once she told me how she felt at home and welcome.

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    Gen. Lee deserves reconsideration

    August 18th, 2017
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    I know I have a reputation with my children as one of those “helicopter” parents, the nosy types who drive kids nuts.

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