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It’s 2014. Why is the wage gap still an issue?

Ann Powers - My Turn
11/14/2014

At the beginning of my final semester in college in 1988, I stood in line to pay my tuition just like 45,000 other students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

I handed the guy behind the payment counter a check for $608.09. He had no neck and was wearing one of those “wife beater” muscle shirts.
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Supervisors were right to turn down joint-facility plan

Feather Publishing
11/7/2014

Many of us have done something like this: We spot an item we really want and place it in the shopping cart. But when we get close to the checkout counter reality sets in … It costs more than we want to spend.

That’s what happened earlier this month when the county nixed a proposed collaboration with the state to build a shared facility for the local California Highway Patrol and the sheriff.

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Diversity, structure make governing this country hard work

Lee H. Hamilton
Director
Indiana University Center on Congress


I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t excuse its lapses or sluggish rate of progress, but it does help explain them.

Why is it so hard? Partly it’s the country we live in. There were 130 million Americans when I was in high school. Now we number over 300 million, with a diversity and cultural complexity that were impossible to imagine when I started out. Finding common ground, meeting complex needs, answering to an overwhelming diversity of interests — this is not work for the faint of heart. Add a comment

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Your vote is worth much more than you might realize

Feather Publishing
10/31/2014

More than 400 years ago, the first English colonists stepped ashore, stretched their legs and got down to the business of organizing their new lives in North America.

The first order of business in Jamestown in 1607? … Elect a community president. Add a comment

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SPI deserves a full refund for Moonlight Fire settlement

Feather Publishing
10/24/2014

Sierra Pacific Industries has insisted from the beginning that it played no role in igniting the devastating Moonlight Fire in 2007. Two weeks ago, the company took the next step in an attempt to clear its name and get some more of its money back.

We cried foul in 2012 when SPI was forced to hand over $122 million ($55 million in cash and 22,500 acres of prime timberland) to the federal government.

Even if the family-owned timber company was responsible for starting the Moonlight Fire, the penalty was beyond excessive. And it could have been even worse — the government was seeking more than $700 million. Some said it was the result of a growing bounty hunter mentality by prosecutors and the courts. It was the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history.

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