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January 26, 2020


Our View
For those who wanted Oneida County to borrow up to $2 million from the state Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) to fund some pretty important capital improvement projects, Tuesday was a bitter blow to their big-government dreams.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Our View
It was a sweet and important win for the average person and for accountability when, as we report in today's edition, cable giant CNN agreed last week to settle a defamation suit filed by Kentucky high school student Nick Sandmann, who counterpunched against the network for painting him as a racist. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Our View
Remember the good old days when politicians talked about policy? (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Pollution records must be open
Just shy of two years ago, this column explored the heightened importance of open government when public health is at risk. Multiple examples showed the government was not sharing timely information with the public, or even other branches of government, on issues such as clean drinking water and chronic wasting disease. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Our View
This past month we have been awash in various studies abut the efficacy of industrial clusters - those focused government efforts to provide tax breaks and other financial incentives sufficient to boost a particular industry in a particular place - so it's time to weigh in about the potential effects of these clusters on northern Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 2, 2020

'Tis the season for liberal folly
Actually, it's always the season for liberal folly, but these cheerless folks have given us a bounty during this holiday, for their single issue - impeachment - is a gift to conservatives that likely will keep on giving right through next November. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Our View
It's almost - almost - hard to remember all the abuses enacted against the people of Wisconsin more than a decade ago by the administrative state during the regime of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle and his bureaucratic allies. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Stand up for the U.S., stand up for the North
The Trump administration reached a deal with House Democrats this week over a new trade agreement to replace the dreaded NAFTA, and, assuming the deal holds up and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is ratified, it deserves two cheers. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Your Right to Know
You can walk into City Hall asking to see records without ever having to give your name. (subscriber access)
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Our View
Oneida County has a big decision to make, and taxpayers should look closely at what they choose to do. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lessons of service
Veterans serve our nation with honor. None of us did it for the money, the medals or the accolades. We are deployed to places where everyday citizens are oppressed, facing enemies that stand for tyranny and terror. (subscriber access)
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Our View
Only days ago we opined in these pages about the terrible state of open government in the Northwoods, in Wisconsin, and indeed across the entire country. We wrote then that open government was in trouble, with a capital T, and we still believe it is. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

It's time to rein in the DNR's trespassing
As we report in today's edition, the state is pushing forward with the re-prosecution of a man who has already served a year in prison for intentionally pointing a firearm at DNR wardens but whose conviction the state Supreme Court recently overturned.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Reader sounds off on wolf 'fear-mongering'
To the Editor: It looks like the anti-wolf crowd was out in force at the latest meeting of our Natural Resources Board, spouting the same tired misinformation and fear-mongering they usually do about the effect wolves have on our deer population (NRB hears wolf woes from the Northwoods, Oct. 7).
(1 comments)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Trump and Gold Star families
In the 1970 film "Patton," Ed Binns portrays Lt. General Walter "Bedell" Smith, who was Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief of staff.
Saturday, October 21, 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.
(1 comments)

Thursday, October 19, 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 tiff over TIFs, or tax incremental financing districts.
Saturday, October 14, 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.
Thursday, October 5, 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.
(5 comments)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Health care, tax reform: It's now or never
Republicans can argue about immigration and dreamers, they can argue about defense spending and Russia, they can argue about trade and marijuana (yes, they are fighting over that), but there are two issues they had better stop squabbling about and pass: a health care overhaul and tax reform.
Thursday, September 21, 2017


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