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June 18, 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

Hold the line on gas taxes
It's springtime, and that always gives us the comfort of familiar things: mud and road construction, but also rising temperatures and flowers and picnics. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, May 18, 2018

Toward a No-Spending Increase Pledge
There's no question that Wisconsin, under Republican leadership these past eight years, has been great in cutting taxes. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 11, 2018

Hating DeVos
People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a "white supremacist." (subscriber access)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Goodbye, OPEC
I have argued many times on these pages and elsewhere that the shale oil and gas revolution is the story of the decade. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hostile language
It's an established American tradition to call people what they wish to be called. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Of welfare and work
There's a lot of knocking about these days over attempts to rein in eligibility for state and federal welfare programs, but few of the arguments get to the heart of the matter. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, May 4, 2018

We're taking bold actions to protect Wisconsin's hunting traditions
Wisconsin is ready for bold, decisive action to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). (Subscriber Access)
Friday, May 4, 2018

Distractor-In-Chief Trump is gaslighting us into forgetting America's real issues
Eight days before Donald J. Trump took his presidential oath before a crowd whose size the president still insists on fibbing about, I wrote a column titled "Life Under Trump - What Happens Now?" (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The need for NAFTA
Finally, some good news for the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. CNBC is reporting that a framework for a renewed and improved NAFTA may be coming in the weeks ahead. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Touching the nation
She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York's Westchester County. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

No need for butter bureaucrats
There's an old saying out there that a person who is enjoying some good fortune is sitting in a tub of butter. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 27, 2018

Teachers with guns
What should be done about school shootings?

After the horrible shooting in Parkland, Fla., President Trump suggested that some teachers carry guns. "We need to let people know, you come in to our schools - you're gonna be dead." (subscriber access)

Friday, April 27, 2018

A few hard questions for Comey
For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hidden taxes
The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. "That's the one that really made me mad." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Paul Ryan is no Margaret Chase Smith
Shortly after Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union and I was still a semi-young wiseguy, smugly sure that a celebrity candidate whose prospective campaign had sparked public interest would become a serious White House challenger, a grizzled political reporter brought me up short with this practical advice: "If a candidate gets measurably louder applause from the crowd when he's introduced to speak than he does when he's finished speaking, that candidate is overrated and will not be a winner." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fear and loathing in Boulder Junction
The case of the Boulder Junction Town Board gets curiouser and curiouser.

The most intriguing question is, why are the town board supervisors - chairman Dennis Reuss and supervisors Denny McGann and Wes Johnson - so afraid of the people who elect them? (Subscriber Access)

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Trillion-dollar myth
There is an old saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and we've learned that again with the Congressional Budget Office and its latest highly misleading fiscal forecast. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 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

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