Essay

Essay: Dollar Bill

Dec 2, 2014
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The next time you open your wallet to pay for something with cash, it’s likely you will have a couple of 'ones' in there. They are the lowest denomination that US paper money comes in, and Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank hopes we keep it that way.

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On this Thanksgiving holiday, Lake Effect essayist Kyle Cherek has been thinking about access to food.

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Lake Effect essayist Alexandra Rosas comes from a more recent immigrant family – having come here from Colombia in the 1960s. She remembers her family’s first Thanksgiving as assimilating Americans.

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Lake Effect essayist Lane Pierce – the mom of a toddler – would urge you to look at public temper tantrums a little differently in the future.

Essay: Fred and Me

Oct 30, 2014
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Although some towns in the area have already celebrated their Halloween, tomorrow marks the actual all hallows eve. 

Essay: Heidi's Goats Love The Farm As Much As She Does

Oct 18, 2014
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Heidi Friedrichs reads her essay, Heidi's Goats Love the Farm As Much As She Does.

Essay: September

Sep 25, 2014
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We’re into the last week of September now. It’s a month that, even years after you left school, can still feel like a melancholy transition in life.

Essay: John Doe

Sep 10, 2014
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Lawyers arguing on both sides of the John Doe investigation were in Chicago Tuesday as prosecutors sought to restart the investigation, which was brought to a halt in May.  

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There’s a comic strip – it’s a classic Calvin and Hobbes strip -  tacked up in my office.  Four panels, all featuring our young hero, which read like this: “Here I am.  Happy and content.  But not euphoric.  So now I’m no longer content.  I’m unhappy – my day is ruined.  I need to stop thinking while I’m ahead.”

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Monday is the 40th anniversary of President Gerald R. Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, the only President in American history to resign.

Essay: A Million Lumps

Aug 29, 2014
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A timeless parable of savings and family love from Lake Effect essayist George Berdes.

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So, do you have plans to go anywhere this Labor Day Weekend?  Lake Effect essayist Joel Habush advises you to keep your eye out for construction on the Zoo Interchange, or the Hoan Bridge, or I-94 between here and Kenosha, or, well, just about everywhere.

Essay: Kids' Perceptions of the Police

Aug 26, 2014
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Monday's protest in Milwaukee was designed to call attention to what demonstrators say is a criminal justice system that has historically been violent to African-Americans.  

Lake Effect essayist - and criminal justice professor Tina Freiburger says it's crucial to build up a culture of trust between the police and the youngest members of a community:

Essay: Black Earth

Aug 26, 2014
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Food freedom, and the contradictions between what we say we want and what we actually do to get it, is on the mind of contributor and Wisconsin Foodie Kyle Cherek.

Essay: Rodeo Pants

Aug 25, 2014
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So we’ve covered the academic aspect of education, the sustainability goals of one institution, but we’ve neglected another key area – back-to-school fashion, as it’s reflected in that all important kindergarten demographic.  Lake Effect essayist Mark Siegrist picks up the story from there:

It’s often said that every generation is different.

That’s only partly true.

Because here’s another expression.

What goes around comes around.

Let me explain.

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