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Who is Ayn Rand?

Ayn Rand Lecture Menomonie, WI

This lecture is part of the Menomonie Community Conversations series.

Dr Tim Schiell, Professor of Philosophy, UW Stout addressed  such questions as: Who is Any Rand? What were her "objectivist" teachings? How do her ideas apply to real world scenarios? Why has she inspired so many devoted followers but also so many rabid critics? What do you think of Rand's philosophy?

Fight for Fair Maps in Eau Claire

Redistricting Reform Meeting Eau Claire

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on Gerrymandering in Wisconsin, and the latest news is that the case will be heard in early October. A meeting was held in Eau Claire last week in which Sachin Cheda (heading up the lawsuit) and Wendy Sue Johnson (one of the plaintiffs) did a presentation about fair maps in Wisconsin, the lawsuit, and what people can do to promote fair maps in the state. 

Greater Chippewa Valley League of Women Voters forum on Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering/Redistricting meeting - Chippewa Valley League of Women Voters

This is the first forum sponsored by the recently-rebooted Chippewa Valley League of Women Voters chapter. This session is a presenation by Andrea Kaminski, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, and Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause. The session was followed by a lively Q&A session. There were over 75 in attendance at the meeting, which is a great start for the local chapter.

Religion in the Schools Forum - Menomonie

Religion in Schools forum - Menomonie, WI 5/15/2017

The Menomonie School District held a forum on the proper place of teching religion in the public school system. The school board recently adopted an action plan for the teaching of religious subjects in the school district, and a clearer policy on the ability of parents to opt out of particular classes for their children.

Creative Economy Week Kicks Off

Creative Economy Week Kickoff

Eau Claire's Creative Economy Week kicked off on Saturday with a panel discussion about the state of the creative economy in Eau Claire. The panel included Al Ross from Wisconsin Public Radio as moderator, Mike Schatz, the Economic Development Director of Eau Claire, Kristin Dexter, future owner of Forage in Eau Claire, B. J.

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout - High Capacity Well Proposal Makes Water Problems Worse

BySenator Kathleen Vinehout What if you woke up one morning turned on the faucet to wash your face and saw brown water coming out of your tap? Stacy Sylla of rural Lincoln Township in Trempealeau County texted me just such a photo of water the color of sludge. She has gone through three washing machines, dug fistfuls of sand out of the tank of her toilet, and bought an expensive water-filtering device.

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