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The time to act on health care is now
There is apparently only one thing that is worse than having Democrats in complete control of the federal government, and that is having Republicans in control of it.
Thursday, July 20, 2017


Time to deep-six misinformation about Carlin Club
There's always two sides to every issue, at least, and a contested attempt by Carlin Club LLC to pump water out of its well adjacent to Carlin Lake is no different, with a lawsuit set to be heard in November.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

More nonsense
It is just amazing to us how sensational and dishonest the mainstream media and liberals can be when it comes to anything Donald Trump.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

For every season
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, there's one thing most of us know to be true, or at least we should: It's great to live in America, with all the riches and opportunities this nation still possesses.
Monday, July 3, 2017

The GOP tries to hammer free speech again
OK, let's just say it: When it comes to open government and free speech, the Republicans are just a rotten, lousy party. They like neither free speech nor open government.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

An American trademark: Free speech
These days the First Amendment is on shakier ground than it has been in a long, long time.

The attack on free speech by the Left has been going on for years, of course. It started decades ago with the banning of displays of the Ten Commandments in classrooms and courthouses, and the banishing of manger scenes from the public square.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Future of Wisconsin Education
Since becoming a legislator in 2013, one of my top legislative goals has been to help reform the way we deliver educational opportunity in our state. As a representative of a heavily rural district, I see firsthand how smaller, more sparse districts struggle to compete with their counterparts in more urban areas.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

The overwhelming success of Obamacare
President Donald Trump came to Wisconsin this week, and among the things he did while in the Badger state was to meet with some of the "victims" of Obamacare, which he called a catastrophe that must be reversed.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Citizens deserve answers, information in dog neglect case
The prosecution file is shut tightly on a recent decision by an Oneida County assistant district attorney not to charge the owner of a dog-rescue operation who was accused of serious animal neglect and abuse, but the assistant DA, Mary Sowinski, needs to open it and let the sunshine in.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

My View: Trump and the Paris Climate Agreement
He did what he promised during his campaign. President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. It will actually take four years to withdraw, but nevertheless, this is the single most damaging action Trump has taken or will take as President. It has widespread, long-lasting, deadly and costly consequences that will affect all aspects of our lives.
(3 comments)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A toast to Martha Milanowski
In the opening scene of Woody Allen's movie "Stardust Memories," Allen plays a character sitting in a train car that is full of somber and sad people as they wait to depart the station: Older couples stare blankly ahead; no one is smiling; the conductor's face is expressionless and motionless; a man is crying.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Reader wants Northwoods climate protected
To the Editor:

It's ridiculous how beautiful it is in the Northwoods.

This morning, Thursday, June 1, I see wood ducks and mallards, hummingbirds and muskrats. The sky is bluer than it has been in days and it seems we have a reprieve from the rain.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Reader: Rape kit analysis is not a priority for Schimel
To the editor:

Rape is a most personal and invasive crime. WCASA estimates that one million lives are affected by rape in Wisconsin per year.
(1 comments)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Reader weighs in on issues at City Hall
To the Editor:

I spy with my little eye, something happening. You have multiple people leaving good paying jobs, with great benefits, who are uprooting their families! The common place of work? The city.
(1 comments)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Supervisor gone rogue
There are many ways to say it.

We could say he's insane, but that would surely require us to have some type of government license. We could say his wheels have come off, but we cannot proclaim to be engineers.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fab labs can make a difference in developing skilled workforce
Talk to business leaders throughout Wisconsin and you will hear a recurring theme: There is a real need for skilled workers to fill jobs in just about every industry and in companies of all sizes. A survey by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, for example, says 70 percent of state businesses are struggling to find qualified workers and some are delaying expansions because of the problem.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Due process in the crosshairs
It's time for the Oneida County planning and development committee to do its job and make a decision regarding the conditional use permit applied for by Marshfield Clinic to construct a hospital in Minocqua.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Oneida County: Where government lawlessness lingers longer
Under the category of What Else Is New ....

Once again Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has determined that the county has violated the open meetings law, but once again he doesn't believe anybody should be held accountable.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

When it comes to science, beware the scientists
As we report in today's edition, a major controversy has erupted around the Trump administration's decision to not ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which is widely used on fruits and vegetables and which has been linked to numerous neurodevelopmental problems in children, including higher incidences of autism.

The mainstream media and environmental organizations pretty much went berserk, especially given that the Obama administration had approved the ban and it was almost in place before the Trump EPA aborted it.
(1 comments)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Help prevent prescription painkiller abuse in Wisconsin
Have you heard about the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic? Did you know it affects thousands of people every day and kills hundreds of them every year in our state?
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Democracy in Action
This past week, with a few exceptions, citizens in more than 1,200 towns marched to community centers and town halls to take part in a Wisconsin political tradition, the annual town electors meeting.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017


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