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  • Honor Flight: A Cathartic Welcome Back

    by JOE KNAAPEN Ninety-nine military veterans flew out of Appleton International Airport the morning of Aug. 31 to tour Washington, D.C.: the Capitol, White House, Vietnam Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial and more. We came home that same night to a greeting typically reserved for the winners of the Super Bowl. The trip, Mission […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Saving Babies’ Won’t Get You to Heaven

    OK, it’s time to grow up. There is no big white guy “somewhere out there” that we can’t see, ready to deny us heaven for our shortcomings. No doubt there is likely a creator who is a master scientist: biologist, botanist, chemist, physicist, etc., etc., but no one master to “please” or “displease.”  So stop […]

  • Honor Flight: A Cathartic Welcome Back

    by Joe Knaapen Ninety-nine military veterans flew out of Appleton International Airport the morning of Aug. 31 to tour Washington, D.C.: the Capitol, White House, Vietnam Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial and more. We came home that same night to a greeting typically reserved for the winners of the Super Bowl. The trip, Mission […]

  • Editor’s Note: Like Labor Day? Thank the Labor Movement.

    Americans put in an average of 1,767 hours of work per year, which makes us more industrious than Germans by about 435 hours, and less so than Mexicans, who work 357 hours more annually. The information comes from WalletHub, a personal-finance website that sources data from the World Economic Forum. By 10 different metrics such […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Crowdfunding Fails Those in Greatest Need

    Several years ago, one of my children wanted to spend a year of high school studying in Chile through a Rotary Youth Exchange. As one of six children, he knew that his parents were more focused on paying for college than giving him money to live in another country. Thus, our son worked at a […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: Preventing Sexual Violence Starts at Home

    by Jamie Craig Door County Coordinator/Victim Advocate with Family Services Sexual Assault Center Every nine minutes, a child is a victim of sexual abuse in the United States. Ninety percent of child victims will know their perpetrator, as this person is usually well known to the child and in a position of trust. It is […]

  • Editor’s Note: We’re All Privileged

    Excuse me if I share an epiphany. It’s kind of like sharing a dream, and often just as uninteresting, but I think this one is relevant. I began the day as usual with dawn not quite awakened, the smell of pine and greenery everywhere and the misty quiet interrupted only by the thwap, thwap, thwap […]

  • Around the Door

    Chair with a view. Photo by Rachel Lukas.

  • Your Right to Know: Lawmakers Seek to Keep Their Misconduct Secret, Even Staush Gruszynski Didn’t Want This to Happen

    by Bill Lueders Staush Gruszynski, a former state Assembly representative from Green Bay, is the subject of an ongoing legal battle over records regarding his sexual harassment of a female staffer. A judge ruled in late June that the Legislature violated the state’s open-records law in denying media requesters access to these records, and that […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: CCR’s Focus on Elder Abuse

    My personal adventure in elderdom began last year. It coincided with some pretty intensive training about elder abuse that I and several other Coordinated Community Response (CCR) partners received from the fine folks at the Department of Justice and the National Clearinghouse for Abuse in Later Life. Each of us CCR partners works with people […]

  • Legal Brief: Legislating Morality and Ethics

    by JOAN KORB  [email protected] “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. The law may not change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless.”  — Martin Luther King Jr. Can it be done? Which behavior should be legislated? Whose moral and ethical values should be codified?  The United States was founded on two, often […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Why I Choose to Love the Granary

    For a long time, I couldn’t get excited about the Teweles and Brandeis granary in Sturgeon Bay. A few years ago, many people I admire were vehement about the need to save this 120-year-old structure from destruction, yet others I respect were equally certain that it has no place in our future. Frankly, I just […]

  • Editor’s Note: At One Time or Another, We’re All Tourists

    It’s peak tourist season here in Door County, which means we’ve been sharing our piece of paradise with thousands and thousands of visitors for a couple months now. Around this time, it’s not unusual to hear comments like the one I heard while grocery shopping last weekend: “I don’t want to be a part of […]

  • Editor’s Note: A Reminder That It Can Always Be Worse

    My household was among the thousands without power this week following Monday evening’s storm. Straight-line winds of up to 70 mph hammered Wisconsin from the northwest to the east, and Door County lay in the storm’s path. By Tuesday afternoon, roughly 1,600 households were still dark. A clap of thunder awoke me on Monday evening, […]

  • Finding Joy in a Piece of Cardboard

    My wife, Anne, doesn’t like to peek inside our detached garage. It’s probably better that way.  She’s not much for clutter, and she’s not a saver. I am the opposite – a slowly recovering pack rat. So when she looks into the garage and sees the shelves I spent hours building, only to fill them […]

  • Wisconsin’s Sport’s Exorcism: Giannis Writes a New Chapter

    As I write this the morning after, I’d like to say I was confident as the clock ticked down to about four minutes to play in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last night.  The Bucks’ lead stretched to eight for a moment, nearing the safe zone, but confidence didn’t kick in, my defense mechanisms […]

  • Publisher’s Note

    A spring may never have meant as much to the people of Door County than the one we’re entering now. After a year hunkered down, months of Zooms and FaceTimes, many nights of anxiety and fear, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Here, it arrives just in time, at the doorstep […]

  • Editor’s Note: A Rumination on Collections

    An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for $1.56 million. That follows the sale of an unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda, which sold for $870,000. My brother will be very happy to hear that. What we called the “top barn” back home in Massachusetts (he raised his […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Actions Speak Louder than Labels

    I’ve been insulted in my life, but this continual “white supremacist” accusation from many directions – but not from people who know me – is getting pretty old. And I’m sure it is getting old to many others.  I feel lucky to not live in Washington, D.C., or New York, where all these vile accusations aimed at […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let Country Roads Be Country Roads

    I still believe that Door County is a lovely, special place that celebrates rural beauty, wildflowers and native grasses on the roadsides, orchards and water. Those are just a few of the things we love here. Where does mowing down the roadside flowers fit into this “brand”? Last week, a mower from the Town of […]