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Platteville Journal Editor Steve Prestegard writes about his recent encounter with Madison Diocese Bishop Robert Morlino over whether he could document a speech by the bishop in a public UW-Plattevile building. Let's just say that on this Thanksgiving Day, Prestegard is thankful for the county's First Amendment.

We have plenty for which to be thankful, editorializes the La Crosse Tribune today. The paper goes on to list a number of civic deeds that have made the area a better place this past year.

Yes, reminds the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it was during a terrible war that President Abraham Lincoln found reasons to give thanks and proclaimed the nation's first Thanksgiving Day.

Back on the political front, the Racine Journal Times editorializes that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is in a place, as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, to deliver tax code reform. Let's hope he gets some bipartisan support to make it happen, the paper adds.

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On his Political Environment blog, James Rowen cites an op-ed by Mary Beth Elliott on the proposed expansion of the Enbridge tar sands pipeline that ought to gain the attention of the Dane County Board. The more Elliott's word can be spread, he says, the better the chances of avoiding a destructive environmental accident like occurred recently in Michigan.