Essay

World
6:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Essay: A Thanksgiving in Istanbul

The Blue Mosque at dusk in Istanbul
Credit Robert Bundy

Around Thanksgiving, I always recall the time my wife and I were in Istanbul near the end of the festival of Ramadan.

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Politics & Government
1:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Essay: 50 Years After His Assassination, JFK's Legacy Survives

A wreath-laying ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery at U.S. President John F. Kennedy's grave marker. This rose was left by family members.
Credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963, CBS commentator Eric Sevareid noted the principal legacy of the murdered leader might well be an ‘attitude,’ a contagious spirit that all things are possible if only we have the vision and will.

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Economy & Business
2:14 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Essay: Influential Milwaukeean Mitchell Fromstein, 85, Fought Manpower's Takeover

The late Mitchell Fromstein (left) was a former CEO of Manpower, who led the business through upheaval. Also pictured: current ManpowerGroup CEO Jeff Joerres and co-founder Elmer Winter
Credit PRNewsFoto/ManpowerGroup

Mitchell Fromstein died recently at the age of 85. History’s currents are broader than the life of a single individual, but Fromstein’s life certainly captured an era in Milwaukee.

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History
10:33 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Essay: The Horror, Not Honor, of the Civil War

A Civil War re-enactment in Pennsylvania
Credit dfbphotos/Flickr

As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of noted Civil War battles, one form of commemoration – re-enactments – generally leave me with a feeling of discomfort.

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Essay: I Protested the Government Shutdown by Enjoying a National Park

Mosquito Beach at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Michigan
Credit James Marvin Phelps/Flickr

Now that Congress has moved on to the next crisis, it’s time to tell our stories and to mop up the remains of the 2013 government shutdown.

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Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Essay: This French Wine Has Surprising American Roots

Wine from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of France
Credit Jean-Louis Zimmermann/Flickr

Milwaukee is usually thought of as a beer kind of city. But increasingly, Wisconsin is being known for its wines.

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Politics & Government
11:11 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Essay: The Bottom Line of Treating Government as a Business

Ever since the Reagan administration, there have been increasing demands that government be run like a business.

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Health & Science
4:57 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Essay: We Must Address Prescription Painkiller Addiction

A local doctor says patients, doctors and lawmakers need to come together to address prescription painkiller addiction.
Credit Kratka Photography/Flickr

Lake Effect essayist Nilesh Patel looks at the death of a well-known hockey player two years ago as evidence that change is needed inside and outside of sports:

I wish I had known about Derek Boogaard before he died.

The 28-year old Canadian was a fan favorite in the National Hockey League when he lost his battle to addictive prescription painkillers two years ago.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Essay: What Makes a True Haunted House

Essayist Liam Callanan argues that true haunted houses don't require an entrance fee.
Credit Sean MacEntee

We’re just a few days out from All Hallow’s Eve – Halloween is Thursday, and frightening opportunities abound.  Count Lake Effect essayist Liam Callanan as not all that excited.

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Economy & Business
5:20 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Essay: Why Amazon Will Now Collect Wisconsin Sales Tax

Amazon's logo
Credit Amazon.com

The news hit late last week that a new stream of sales tax revenue will soon be coming to the Badger State.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank tries to put the development in perspective.

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