Total Loss or Future Office Space?
Voter ID or Voter Suppression?
Flash an ID, cast your ballot. Seems like a simple proposal from legislative Republicans in Madison. But it's more restrictive than that, says Jay Heck with Wisconsin Common Cause. Because the hurdles for to get an ID are good-sized and many forms of ID won't be accepted under current legislation. Even university-provided identification won't be acceptable. Same for passports. Heck says the proposal will disproportionately keep minorities, students and the elderly away from the polls. Which, he says, seems to be exactly the types of voters Republicans want to keep from casting a ballot.
Kember Announces Retirement
Superintendent Jerry Kember announced to his staff this morning that the 2010-11 school year will be his last as head of the School District of La Crosse.
Kember came to the School District of La Crosse in 1989 as the Supervisor of Fine Arts, was the Associate Superintendent of Instruction from 1999-2003 and has served as the district’s Superintendent of Schools since 2003.
Kember was named the Wisconsin State Superintendent of the Year in 2010. He says he plan's to continue to be an advocate for children, families and the entire La Crosse community.
Wisconsin High School Football: And Then There Were Eight
So far, a permanent schedule has yet to be figured out for high school football in Wisconsin.
Next fall, it will be a nine game season. And, just decided this week by the WIAA board, an eight game schedule for 2012. The process highly complicated by differences of opinion about when the season should end. Including those who think state finals should wind up on Thanksgiving week-end, says WIAA area rep and Bangor superintendent, Roger Foegen which is problematic, he says, because of the obvious conflicts with the holiday and with deer hunting for which some school districts take off an entire week of school.
Above all, Foegen says, the WIAA wants to stay away from having a cluster of games at the end of the season for safety's sake. But the agency also doesn't want too early of a start in the summer to avoid conflicts with summer vacations.
Brewers Hall of Famers Entertain La Crosse Fans
Five members of the Baseball Hall of Fame have been inducted as Milwaukee Brewers...and two of those men were in La Crosse last night to meet local fans.
Third baseman Paul Molitor and shortstop Robin Yount were headliners at the Loggers Winter Barbecue inside the La Crosse Center. Fans and reporters had a chance to ask about Yount's 20 seasons in Milwaukee...Molitor's hitting streak of 1987...and about the Brewers' only World Series, in 1982. Molitor's favorite memory of playing at County Stadium is tied to the '82 Series...especially to the 5th game, when the Brewers came within one win of the title. Yount also has a cherished memory from that series...hitting a home run at Milwaukee, also in the 5th game.