What is Hefner’s legacy?

Does anyone really believe it was the intensely engaging writing that drew readers to Playboy?

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  • Is DNR less concerned with water quality?

    October 12th, 2017
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    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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    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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    Is Ontario’s attitude toward flooding an example of insanity?

    August 11th, 2017
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    Like the prodigal son in the Bible, Ontario’s Palen Park furniture came wandering home after exhausting itself on a Kickapoo adventure. For all I know, the assorted park pieces took a bottle of suntan lotion and a 12-pack of beer on their cruise.

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    Is great wealth coming to Wisconsin?

    August 4th, 2017
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    It pains me to admit it, but I have occasionally fallen for Publishers Clearing House. Who can resist the image of those happy families swinging open the front door only to be met by balloons and life-size checks guaranteeing $5,000 a week for life or a bazillion in one lump sum?

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    Ontario flood results in few politician sightings

    July 27th, 2017
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    If the politicians are in Ontario, it can be only one of two things that brought them here. Either we’re hosting our July 4 celebration, or the village once again slipped beneath the waves.

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    Questions for Marklein continue to grow

    July 21st, 2017
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    Last month I asked a staff member in Sen. Howard Marklein’s office if the senator could possibly tell me which constituents, or at least how many, had called him asking the state to cut funding to the Wisconsin state park system.

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