• Door County Environmental Council Statement on the Forestville Millpond

    by the Door County Environmental Council Board of Directors The Door County Environmental Council strongly supports a comprehensive cleanup and permanent restoration of water quality in the Ahnapee River and Forestville Millpond. The question is, how is this best accomplished? Minutes from meetings of the Door County Land Conservation Committee for the past three years […]

  • By the Numbers: Best and Worst States for Women

    With March being Women’s History Month and women holding only 23.7 percent of the seats in Congress – despite making up 51 percent of the U.S. population – the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2019’s Best and Worst States for Women. To identify the most women-friendly states, WalletHub compared the 50 states and […]

  • Commentary: Looking at ‘Dollars and Sense’

    by the Wisconsin Policy Forum Cities and villages in Wisconsin rely more heavily on property taxes than any other state in the Midwest – and to a greater degree than most states nationally – according to a new report by the nonpartisan, independent Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF). In 2015, Wisconsin municipalities received 42.2 percent of […]

  • Commentary: Principles of Collaboration

    Collaboration has become one of the trendiest ideas in the nonprofit world. Donors and grantmakers are increasingly demanding it, and the charities are responding accordingly. Generally speaking, this is a good thing. A strong and robust collaborative partnership leads to greater organizational efficiencies and increased effectiveness, and it can accelerate the speed of social and/or […]

  • Commentary: League of Women Voters Calls for Redistricting Reform

    by Andrea Kaminski With a legacy going back almost a century and a presence in all 50 states, the League of Women Voters takes the long view on how voting-district maps are drawn. In Wisconsin, the League has been active in apportionment and redistricting since the 1930s. Through the decades, our stance has sometimes lined […]

  • By the Numbers: Amazon’s Effect on American Communities

    Civic Economics and the American Booksellers Association combined efforts to study the economic impact of Amazon’s retail operations in the United States. 16 The number of Amazon Books brick-and-mortar stores that are open or in the works. 44,000 The number of displaced shops in 2016, amounting to 380 million square feet. 637,000 The number of […]

  • Commentary: Feeling More Deeply Connected

    by Georgia Feldman Walking under the modernist, green-and-white arches to the Lowenstine Academic Building at the Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin was a big moment. The picturesque entrance was intimidating as much as it was beautiful. However, the most intriguing part of the building was that it seemed to be built into nature, […]

  • Commentary: Balancing ‘Me’ and ‘We’

    by Orlaine I. Gabert, Door County Civility Project The third tool of civility is inclusivity. It asks each of us to listen to viewpoints different from our own so that we can see issues in other ways and try to find common ground. However, we seem to live in a world of either me or […]

  • Commentary: Congressman Gallagher’s Lessons from the Shutdown

    Let’s face it: the government shutdown was stupid. I don’t say that to place blame on any particular party or person. The blame game is endless, and while it provides a short-term sugar high, it ultimately poisons the body politic. Rather, the shutdown was stupid because border security is one of the most solvable problems […]

  • By the Numbers: Politics and Global Warming

    Researchers from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication conducted a nationally representative survey of registered voters to determine global-warming beliefs and attitudes. The survey documents “an increase in Republican understanding of the reality of human-caused global warming, worry about the threat and support for […]

  • By the Numbers: Black History Month

    1688 The year of the first recorded protest of the slave trade in America, made by Quakers at a meeting in Philadelphia. In their written protest, the Quakers wrote, “Pray, what thing in the world can be done worse towards us, then if men should robb or steal us away, & sell us for slaves […]

  • Commentary: An Open Appeal to All Elected Officials

    by Steven W. Stanger “At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! Had I the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would today, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but […]

  • Commentary: A Community Worth Fighting For

    I remember June 13, 2015, very clearly. It was a typically beautiful Saturday in Door County. The sun was shining; people were smiling; and seemingly all was right with the world. I was standing in front of a party tent, looking out over the crowd, waiting to be invited to the microphone to speak. We […]

  • Commentary: When a Good Story Ruins the Story

    A few months ago, I read a story on the ethics of restaurant critics. It was not about the morality of a stranger with a pen imposing a subjective opinion on an establishment to the potential ruin of its operators and employees. Rather, it concerned the way in which a popular writer can go to […]

  • By the Numbers: The Longest Partial Government Shutdown

    0 The number of other democratic governments that have shutdowns. Most avoid this sort of gridlock by requiring a simple majority to pass a budget. 6 The number of departments that had full funding and are not affected. They are Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Labor and Veterans Affairs. 8 The number of […]

  • By the Numbers: Wisconsin Transportation

    $4 to $5 The cost needed for future repairs for every $1 in road repairs deferred. 9 The percentage of the 14,253 bridges in the state – or 1,245 bridges – that are structurally deficient, meaning they have significant deterioration of the bridge deck, supports or other major components. 18.4 The number of cents-per-gallon tax […]

  • Commentary: What Change Has Wrought Is In Eye of Beholder

    by Jim Jordan In 2016, the Village of Ephraim voted to allow the sale of beer and wine, giving up its status as the final dry municipality in the state. During the months preceding that decision, discussions about the merits of the sale of alcohol were as much a question as upholding the village’s tradition […]

  • Civility Column: The Dangers of Niceness

    At first glance, one would think that being nice is an irrefutable tenet of civil behavior. After all, civility calls us to treat others with respect, courtesy, politeness and consideration. Well, think again! Thinking again is what I’ve been doing as I try to understand how the contemporary concept of civility has evolved into two […]

  • By the Numbers: Government Shutdown

    For the 21st time in U.S. history, and the third time since Donald Trump was elected president, the federal government is in a partial shutdown. This shutdown went into effect at midnight Dec. 22, and with no end in sight, it could be the longest shutdown on record. (The previous record was 21 days during […]

  • Your Right to Know: Democracy Depends on Open Government

    by Sen. Chris Larson They say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, but when it comes to public records, the state Legislature doesn’t seem to believe in this principle. In Wisconsin, cities, police and fire departments, state agencies and even the governor’s office are required to retain public records and make […]