Opinion

Jobs available, bills being paid

Help wanted jobs appear every week by the hundreds, in both the local news publications and advertising media. Multiplied by the entire state, jobs are a good issue. Also a good and true issue is, Wisconsin’s old bills are being paid and our road repair fund is stable again, after […]

 
 

To all Whitewater voters

Vote YES for education! There is a very important referendum on your ballot for the Nov. 4 election.  The Whitewater Unified School District is asking Whitewater residents to renew existing tax levy authority for another four years.  If we want to keep our current excellent programs in place and also keep […]

 
 

School board needs to ‘walk the walk’ of unity

To the Palmyra-Eagle Area School Board and administrative team: As we reach the end of the school year, we are also nearing the time of year when teachers are given their non-renewal notices for next year.  I have become aware that Eagle Elementary School is scheduled for a reduction of […]

 
 

Palmyra residents sound off about annexation

(The following letters appeared in the Jan. 17 issue of The Enterprise followed by more recent letters) Legal fight over annexation hurts entire community I believe Bob and Kathy Oleson misrepresent the facts of the judge’s decision concerning the recent annexation in the block ad they placed in the Jan. […]

 
 

Bretl: It was a laborious weekend

By Dave Bretl Walworth County Administrator      Of all of the holidays, Labor Day has become my least favorite. It is the weekend before I present the annual budget to the County Board and, as a result, usually involves a weekend of labor as I place the finishing touches […]

 
 

Walker’s picks recast labor board

By Bill Lueders Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism    Most people in Wisconsin don’t know the Labor and Industry Review Commission even exists — unless or until it makes decisions affecting their lives. LIRC, an independent administrative agency, hears appeals of state rulings regarding unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation and equal rights — decisions […]

 
 

Bretl column

Pondering the evolution of office technology By David Bretl  Walworth County Board of Supervisors        The typewriter repairman always gets nervous when he stops by my office. The occasion of his annual visit is to perform preventive maintenance on the single electric typewriter that serves our seven-person office […]

 
 

‘Gipper’ speech kicks off 2014 budget process

      I was relieved to hear at least a few people snickering when I said that I was about to give this year’s “Gipper” speech. “Gipper,” to readers that weren’t alive during either the Knute Rockne or Ronald Reagan eras, refers to George Gipp, a star of the […]

 
 

Waiting with eager anticipation

By Dave Bretl       I will try my best to temper my enthusiasm. The last time I wrote about the county’s Journal of Proceedings book I remarked that I looked forward to its annual release as if it were the latest Dan Brown thriller. A few weeks later, during a […]

 
 

Feingold cause plays big in state

By Bill Lueders Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism In politics, as in comedy, timing is key, even if it’s accidental. The same week in February 2011 that Russ Feingold announced the formation of the advocacy group Progressives United to “stand up to the exploding corporate influence in our political system,” events in […]