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Baking globalism into the political doughnut
Once upon a political time, the world was really a kind of fairy tale, so simple and predictable, like getting up in the morning and brushing your teeth.

Or eating doughnuts. In the good old days, you were either a yeast doughnut fan or a cake doughnut fan, and that was that.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sheriff Hartman gets it wrong again
Oneida County sheriff Grady Hartman just never learns, that's what we learned this past week after attending the county's public safety committee meeting.

Even after losing a case in which he attempted to keep allegations of rape within his department sealed, even after he took bad advice to keep those records salted away, even after he squandered thousands of taxpayer dollars in a case that should never have been brought - even after all that, the sheriff hasn't learned a thing.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Time now to deal with radical Islamic terrorism
A terrorist has inflicted another horrible tragedy on the United States and its citizens, and, as usual, there's one more casualty than the number reported by the mainstream media.

That would be truth itself, which lies mortally wounded in the hail of proclamations fired off by the media, by liberal and Democratic politicians, and especially by President Barack Obama.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Our unelected parallel government
As we report in today's edition, a U.S. Senate panel held a hearing last week on the multiplying costs of unfunded federal mandates hoisted upon state and local governments by an array of federal agencies, such as the EPA.

Those costs are dramatic, and they undermine the ability of states to fund their own initiatives. That threatens their means to self-govern, and it erodes the states' legitimacy as anything other than a subservient arm of the federal government.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Living on the Funny Cide of Life
Some years ago, I wrote about the great Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner who still holds the records for the fastest times in all three Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 11, 2016

A textbook definition of totalitarianism
These days not many people believe much of anything they read or hear in the mainstream media (or, as I like to call it, the state-run media), and that's a healthy thing because of the pervasive statist bias that it passes off as news.

Not long ago, to cite just one example, The Lakeland Times and yours truly reported on the national media's cover-up of responsible, peer-reviewed studies showing a link between vaccines and autism. (subscriber access)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Famous last words
The media wants you to know that Donald Trump is in big, big trouble.

That's the message put out by NBC and others after Trump's news conference this week. The issue for the media, it seems, is that Trump has a temperament problem.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Seriously, abolish the Department of Education
It's an old rallying cry on the right - Abolish the Department of Education!

Mostly it's been depicted as a crop grown far from the mainstream in the fields of far-right crackpots, at least that's how the government-approved media see it. They conveniently fail to mention that Ronald Reagan campaigned on the idea and was elected president - twice.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

A dishonest-to-goodness good-old-boy cover-up
The revelation that the Oneida County Sheriff's Department was less than honest in its attempt to protect the reputation and career of former deputy Lee Lech, whom a co-worker has accused of rape, is profoundly disturbing, and should not go unpunished by the county.

Let's be clear: The sheriff's department lied in its legal briefs about its reasons for wanting to keep the allegations against Lech sealed.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Say hello to Gov. Barack Obama
It might be a shock to many that the governor of Wisconsin is also the president of the United States: Barack Obama.

He's not officially governor - Scott Walker has that title - but every day the Obama administration not only exerts its will and way upon Wisconsinites but uses state agencies, and state officials and tax dollars, to do it.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rhinelander Roots organizers thank participants
To the editor:

A big thank you to all who helped make the first Rhinelander Roots Celebration on May 12 at Rhinelander City Hall a success.

We had 20 exhibitors who brought in a wide range of photographs, scrapbooks, antiques and memorabilia, and a good crowd the entire day of the event.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Elected officials are endangering our lakes, rivers, streams
To the editor:

Having spent 30 years as a water plant operator and distribution specialist with Menasha Utilities, I have been working with what I call "blue gold" most of my life. When I bought property and retired in Townsend, I became very active in the Flowage Association. I currently serve as a board member of the Oconto County Lakes and Waterways Association.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Reader bemoans condition of local roads
To the editor:

The roads in Rhinelander are getting worse by the day. I can only imagine people are going to start avoiding town all together as they pass from the north or south. Obviously, this is not good for business.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Nurse Ratched election
The 2016 presidential election just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser, as they say, and we're not talking about the Republicans.

Oh sure, the mainstream media keeps focusing its fire and fury on Donald Trump, as if they believe they can somehow sink him, though hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads and millions more from the media's own in-kind bombing missions haven't been able to do so.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

On transparency and executive overreach
It is an established if underreported fact that the Obama administration is one of the least open regimes in recent history, despite Obama's oft-repeated goal of being the most transparent president ever.

He may be transparent in his own mind, and in the minds of the media charlatans who give him transparency awards - yes, they really do - but at every turn he has tried to thwart openness. He has slowed down responses to open-records requests dramatically, turned on whistleblowers, and, when confronted with requests, the administration often says it can't find any records, only to find thousands of them if they are sued.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Re-elect Sen. Johnson
To the editor:

The election of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has been a wonderful gift to the people of Wisconsin. Johnson has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB said they endorsed Johnson because he protects the rights of small business in Wisconsin.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tiffany's policies have hurt the Northwoods
To the editor:

Senator Tiffany makes himself look pretty good in his recent article. I should be used to the GOP spinning the things they do to make them sound good. I'm not. It is just that much more fertilizer.

Tiffany sold us all out as one of his very first acts as senator. After receiving $90,000 from Gogebic Taconite and its officers, he took legislation written by their lawyers and submitted it as his own.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Obama's war against Main Street
It's not particularly news that President Barack Obama has little love for Main Street.

By Main Street, we mean the small businesses that provide the economic lifeblood in smaller communities outside major urban centers, as well as the cultural and social institutions that grow up in these little havens of America.

Taken together, a surprisingly large number of Americans still call Main Street home.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Let us shine
To the editor:

Downtown Rhinelander's landscape will be changing fast in the coming months. I see it as a wonderful opportunity for growth for the downtown merchants if they gear up for it.

I would hope that there would be a renewed effort to attract more tourists. In my opinion we have been falling far short of our potential over the years, really. We should be doing much better, but instead we struggle.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Things don't go better with Koch
One thing about Donald Trump, whether you love him or hate him, he has certainly exposed the true politics of those populating the leadership of the Republican Party, and for that reason the Republican Party will never ever be the same, if it survives at all.

For many years, the "conservative" pundit class and activist leaders such as Erick Erickson at RedState prided themselves on their roles as messengers for the conservative movement in America. They routinely condemned the big, bad Establishment.

Friday, April 29, 2016

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