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July 20, 2018

To Russia, with hate
Trump Derangement Syndrome has been on full display this week after the president's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 20, 2018

Dads needed
Warren Farrell was once considered a feminist leader. He hung around with Gloria Steinem and wrote about why men and women should break out of rigid old gender roles. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Yet another bad decision on the Fourth Amendment
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not as well known as its First and Second Amendment counterparts, but the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government is vital to liberty. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 13, 2018

State's merit pay system needs reform
It's a little bit of sticker shock - actually, a lot of sticker shock - to find out that state government has just handed out $11.6 million in bonuses - close to $2,500 for each of about 4,700 state workers. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 6, 2018

Can we survive this divide?
Never in our lifetime has our elected government been so blatantly attacked from within by legislators of the opposition party. For the sake of our republic and progeny it must end before it escalates beyond our control. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Court strikes a blow for open records
As we report in today's edition, a state court of appeals has bolstered the state's open records law in a major way, ruling in favor of the release of closed investigatory records that a UW-Oshkosh professor, Willis Hagen, had tried to stop. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 29, 2018

The Racism Isn't Surprising Anymore
Can we stop pretending to be shocked when a member of the Trump administration - or one of its prominent supporters - emits a squib of stinking racism? (subscriber access)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Anti-mining forces march over the cliff of credibility
It has often been said that if you lie down with dogs, you will get upon with fleas. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Putting America first has made USA No. 1
The left is quickly running out of excuses for why Donald Trump's economic policies have caused a boom rather than the bust they predicted with such great certainty.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Patriarchy defender
"Shame on you! Shame on you!" chanted protestors after psychology professor Jordan Peterson said he'd refuse to obey a law that would require everyone to call people by the pronoun they prefer - pronouns like "ze" instead of "he" or "she."
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Staying true to the true purpose of zoning
The zoning committees of various counties these days are involved in multiple hot-button issues, from confined agricultural feedstock operations, or CAFOs, to sulfide mining to - yes, still and forever - shoreland zoning. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 15, 2018

A record of results and an optimistic vision for the future
When we took office, Democrats in Madison had left Wisconsin facing a $3.6 billion deficit, job loss was rampant across the state and businesses were closing up shop. Northern Wisconsin knows this unfortunate reality better than most - the backward, failed liberal policies of the past did serious damage, and the need for greater economic opportunity was real. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 15, 2018

A better idea: Investigation, not obstruction
At the outset of last week's Oneida County public hearing on a proposed metallic mining ordinance, the county's assistant corporation counsel, Michael Fugle, cautioned the crowd to stick to the ordinance language at hand, rather than address general beliefs about sulfide mining or other issues outside the hearing's scope, such as a possible mine in the town of Lynne. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sulfide mining in a special-interest world
As Oneida County continues to write a new mining ordinance, and with pro-mining and anti-mining forces galvanized because of a huge zinc and mineral ore deposit in the county, we so far remain agnostic about the need to extract it, and whether it would be environmentally wise to do so. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 8, 2018

Six reasons to still hate Obamacare
Remember Obamacare? The fight is far from over on the future of the Obama-era health insurance overhaul. Republicans are making a last-ditch effort this year to turn the program and the money over to the state. This isn't full Obamacare repeal, but it would make a world of sense. States would be free to experiment and find ways to reduce costs and provide better services. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 8, 2018

Crony developments
"Are you on the take?"

When I tried to get Edgewater, New Jersey, politicians to answer that question, the mayor wouldn't discuss it, ultimately telling me, "You may sit down." (subscriber access)

Friday, June 8, 2018

The mojo of Trumponomics
T.S. Eliot famously wrote that April is the cruelest month, but when it comes to America's fiscal picture, nothing could be further from the truth about this April. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Fourth Amendment in the digital age
When it comes to vulnerable rights - those the state are threatening more and more every day - perhaps none is more endangered than those of the Fourth Amendment, protecting us against unreasonable searches and seizures. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 1, 2018

Against higher education
Today, all Americans are told, "Go to college!" (subscriber access)
Friday, June 1, 2018

Martha, it's time now for a real investigation
Dennis Duke, the guilty former supervisor of the town of Boulder Junction, came to a Boulder Junction Town Board meeting the other night with a bag of stones ready to hurl at - of all targets - "certain local news media." (subscriber access)
Friday, May 25, 2018

The Innocence Project
On TV crime shows like "CSI," "NCIS" and "Law & Order," science gets the bad guys. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 25, 2018

Keep it closed!
The government is open again. That's too bad.

One day, one of these shutdowns should be permanent. We would still have far more government than the Founding Fathers envisioned.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Useful idiots vs. the FBI
Nothing is more fashionable these days on the Republican right than to trash America's law enforcement and intelligence services.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Autism numbers spike: The latest call to action
The new numbers on autism prevalence are alarming - according to a national survey of more than 30,000 families, 1 in 36 U.S. children have been diagnosed with autism - and they are yet another urgent call for our elected leaders to take action. (subscriber access)


Friday, January 12, 2018

Punish poor people
Store owner Kamal Saleh was just hit with thousands of dollars in fines.

His crime? He sold three cigars for $8.89. "Too cheap!" say New York City bureaucrats. "The cigars should have cost 11 cents more."

Politicians want you to spend more for tobacco.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Air traffic control's job one is safety
Being stuck in an airport terminal waiting for an overdue departure is no fun.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Let them leave
The United States was born when the Founding Fathers seceded from England.

So why do so many people now see secession as a terrible thing?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Death of the Border Crossers
The door of the antiquated bus folds open as the Ortiz family anxiously steps onto the only sizable street of Altar, Sonora Mexico. It's a typical small Mexican town but with a significant difference.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Thanks to Trump, health care reform is on the way
If you were listening only to the mainstream media and political liberals last week, you might be convinced the sky is falling.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Trump and Gold Star families: He doesn't get it
In the 1970 film "Patton," Ed Binns portrays Lt. General Walter "Bedell" Smith, who was Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief of staff near the end of World War II.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Why Sports and politics do not mix
There's a famous Woody Allen joke: "Those who can't do teach, and those who can't teach teach gym."
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Getting in a tiff over TIFs
As we report in today's edition, the city of Eau Claire and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) have gotten themselves into a tif over TIFs, or tax incremental financing districts.
Friday, October 13, 2017

War is not a spectator sport
On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: "I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely lose one or more of your precious Marines if you haven't already.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Keep them unknown: Mass shooters belong in dustbin of history
Another month, another mass shooting in America.

Last week, the familiar and devastatingly sad song and dance we're all too used to as a nation unfolded in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hurricane relief: It's time to get out of the way
The hurricane devastation is severe. What should the federal government do?

Give us lots of money, say many.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Democrats, don't blame the voters who are not racist
One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I've gotten to meet.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gunfight at the Not OK Corral
There's trouble brewing at the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, and, if what we hear on the street turns out to be true, next year's sheriff's election might take the brew to an outright boil.
Friday, October 6, 2017

We need more than 'thoughts and prayers'
Whenever someone commits a heinous gun crime like the massacre in Las Vegas, politicians swiftly assure us that the victims and their families are "in our thoughts and prayers."
Friday, October 6, 2017

Three men who saved baseball from itself
From Aug. 10, 1994, to April 25, 1995, Major League Baseball went on strike. The 1994 World Series was canceled. Fans, furious at both management and the players, voted with their feet by staying away afterward.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Yes, the states can fix the Obamacare debacle
Back in 1996, a Republican Congress and a Democratic president (Bill Clinton) enacted one of the most historic bipartisan policy victories in modern times: the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act for welfare reform.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dangerous Dan had better be
Years ago there was an amusement park nestled in the mountains of North Carolina called Ghost Town in the Sky.
Friday, September 29, 2017

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