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Turn up the Turnout

It’s not so much political science as simple arithmetic: Low-turnout elections are much more easily manipulated by fringe groups and special interests than are elections in which a high percentage of eligible voters comes to the polls. To illustrate, say a political operative organizes 100 people motivated by their interest in one issue, to vote

Fair Minded

It is hard to believe it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school. If summer is your favorite season, it never lasts quite long enough. It seems like only yesterday I was attending my son’s graduation from the University of Wisconsin‑Whitewater back in late May. As my mom always says, time marches

Find Your Better Nature at Beaver Creek Reserve

Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” He penned those words a good century before Beaver Creek Reserve (BCR) was established, but this 400-acre nature reserve, located in Fall Creek along Eau Claire Energy Cooperative’s lines, answers the famed author’s call perfectly. There’s a

Understanding Appliance Energy Use

Dear Pat: Several of my appliances are getting old and will need to be replaced soon. Will the appliance choices I make have much impact on my energy bill? – Chelsea Dear Chelsea: Your energy use varies month to month, so it can be difficult to see how much difference an appliance purchase makes. It’s

Disaster Declaration | ACE Award Winner Passes | Climate Rule Replacement | Nukes Might Close

Disaster declaration could help island co-op Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on July 13 issued a disaster declaration requested by Washington Island Electric Cooperative, potentially opening up access to state or federal assistance for repair and replacement of a submarine power cable put out of commission by damage from a Lake Michigan “ice shove” this spring.