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The Power and Value of Open Enrollment

It’s beneficial in-and-of-itself that people should read, reflect, and commit themselves to ‘lifelong learning.’ Some years ago, the Whitewater Unified School District had a fine goal of inspiring students to become “engaged lifelong learners.” Yet in smaller communities, without the money or numbers for plentiful schooling alternatives, government taxes for a school system, establishes rules…

Friday Catblogging: Paul the Cat Guy

Meghan Dunn writes Meet Instagram’s Paul the Cat Guy: Astoria, New York (CNN) — Paul Santell spends at least 30 hours each week feeding and trapping stray cats throughout New York City’s boroughs. It’s a mission that sort of fell in his lap five years ago but has now earned him the moniker “Paul the…

Lights for Liberty

LIGHTS for LIBERTY is a national movement to unite Americans from across this continent on the evening of July 12th, 2019. (In Whitewater residents will be gathering in support of migrants’ rights at the Cravath Lakefront at 8:30 PM.) We are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and…

The Best Record is a Recording

A video recording of the 5.28.19 Whitewater Unified School Board meeting is now online. It is, truly, a genuine good without merely particular ends.  (Every regular and special board session should be online, by the board’s own policies. See Public Records Request, 5.20.19.) A recording of the full session confirms yet again that the best…

The Lanai Cat Sanctuary

Hawaii may seem a paradise, but even within that wonderland there’s a cat paradise: Although he regularly greets guests at the Lanai Cat Sanctuary, Keoni Vaughn will never forget one passionate visitor who showed up a couple of years ago. “He came to the cat sanctuary … from Japan to spend the day with us…

Charitable Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 12th this year, and families in Whitewater and far beyond will naturally and rightly purchase gifts for the mothers in the lives.  For those who are able, there’s an additional opportunity to purchase charitable gifts for mothers and children under the care of the International Rescue Committee. The IRC was founded…

‘Migration Key To Wisconsin’s Workforce’

For many years – and despite nearly a decade of corporate welfare and crony capitalism from the WEDC and local versions of it – Wisconsin has seen a decline in younger workers and families. Shamane Mills writes Report: Migration Key To Wisconsin’s Workforce (“State Has Seen Large Drop in Net Migration Of Families With Children…

Political and Apolitical Means of Local Accomplishment

One test of an institution’s vitality is how eager people are to become members, and how interested a community is to learn who’s become a member. Strong institutions or organizations attract attention. When the institution is a city or county government, one looks to see who’s eager to run for office, and how many people…

Well done, Rufus King High, well done

Via Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association Lainey Seyler reports In response to Nazi salute photo from Baraboo, one Milwaukee high school wants to spread a message of love: On Friday afternoon, 50 students and about 15 staff members gathered at Milwaukee’s Rufus King High School to take a photo to spread peace. It’s a small act, but…