The Spectator

Wisconsin prisons overcrowded, spendy

Story by The Spectator Staff

May 6, 2010

To balance out Wisconsin's excessively large corrections budget, the state could take a lesson from its Minnesota neighbors. Wisconsin's corrections budget reached $1.08 billion in 2008, compared to less than half of that in...

Handle with care: parking on campus

Story by The Spectator Staff

April 29, 2010

Universities are notoriously bad for parking. There are always too many cars and too few places to park them. With strict rules enforcing which permits can park where, the Davies Center and Hibbard lots are often full before midmorning. And...

People should have right to drink raw milk

Story by The Spectator Staff

April 22, 2010

In a state synonymous with dairy, it's nice to see Gov. Jim Doyle poised to sign a raw milk bill into law. The issue of making raw milk available has not been without controversy, with headed public hearings here in Eau Claire. Consumers...

Cutting Nike ties good move for UW

Story by The Spectator Staff

April 15, 2010

Sports and college have a long, interwoven history. Athletics can be a major source of revenue for a university, and the campus' sporting teams can be a major draw for prospective students. Given this deep connection between...

Staff editorial: Chemical castration OK punishment

Story by The Spectator staff

March 25, 2010

CNN reports that the Argentinian province of Mendoza has authorized voluntary chemical castration for rape offenders in return for reduced prison sentences. But the decision to chemically castrate some rape criminals raises...

Staff editorial: Outing lesbian sgt. is suspicious, wrong

Story by The Spectator staff

March 18, 2010

The fact that the military fired a lesbian sergeant after she was "outed" by a police officer represents the inequality homosexuals still experience today - especially in the military. But even beyond gay rights and the antiquated...

Staff editorial: Native American mascots can be OK

Story by The Spectator staff

March 4, 2010

Schools should be able to use Native American names and mascots as long as they are respectful to the tribes they represent. The Wisconsin State Assembly recently signaled support for a bill that would limit the use of Native...

Staff editorial: Restrictions against homosexuals antiquated

Story by The Spectator staff

March 4, 2010

Posted at 6:15 a.m. 3/8/10 It's long overdue for U.S. senators to lift a ban on gay men to donate blood. The Associated Press reported last week that a number of senators, including Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said it's time t...

Staff editorial: Safety procedures important to know

Story by The Spectator Staff

February 25, 2010

After a professor in Alabama was accused of killing three people in a faculty meeting, it's comforting to know that UW-Eau Claire has measures in place to ensure students' safety. All students and staff members at UW-Eau Claire...

Staff editorial: Low turnout at building presentation discouraging

Story by The Spectator Staff

February 25, 2010

Posted: 10:53 p.m. 2/28/2010 It's surprising that a 30-minute presentation Tuesday regarding the preliminary design plans for a new education program on campus at UW-Eau Claire garnered such a small turnout. The Leader-Telegram ...

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