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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, August 16, 2019 7:30 AM
There is a palpable sense of frustration in the nation after two more mass shootings with more than 30 deaths, this time in Texas and Ohio. (subscriber access)
  • Mr. Moore got it both right and wrong in his column “Partying like there’s no tomorrow.”

    He got it right, that a lot of rich people hastening to hold a meeting on an island in their private jets and yachts appears hypocritical when their mode of transportation burns so much more fossil fuel than do average people’s cars. However, he got his “alternative facts” wrong on climate change. 
  • Reducing mass violence — Let’s focus on the real problem
    There is a palpable sense of frustration in the nation after two more mass shootings with more than 30 deaths, this time in Texas and Ohio. (subscriber access)
  • To keep the economy from a further growth slowdown, the Fed must inject more dollar liquidity into the global economy — immediately. 
  • After the massacres in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, we watched Donald Trump, the president who spends most of his time on social media to divide and polarize America, speak up for national unity and an end to “destructive partisanship.” From the White House he issued a statement condemning white supremacy and bigotry as “evil.” And even if his voice droned as he read the teleprompter, people wanted to believe he meant what he said.
  • “Fake news!” shouts the president. His supporters cheer. 
  • Partying like there’s no tomorrow
    Back in the day, when kids caught their parents doing something those parents had told them it was wrong for people to do, the parents had a ready answer:

    “Don’t do as we do,” the thundering command would come. “Do as we say do!” (Subscriber Access)
  • Do we want the U.S. Federal Reserve Board to operate as a commercial bank — and compete with our private banking system? The Fed apparently wants to, and it’s a policy shift that could greatly expand the mission of the Fed.
  • Never before have presidential candidates offered voters so much “free” stuff. 
  • In vaccination debate, pro-vax media needs to be honest
    For some time now, those who question the nation’s vaccination schedule — the potential for some 69 recommended doses by the age of 18, with sometimes as many as five vaccines at once for young children — have pointed to the nation’s vaccine court and its staggering compensation numbers to prove that vaccinations can have deadly effects. (Subscriber Access)
  • Robert Mueller’s testimony disappointed anyone seeking drama, but his performance isn’t the problem. What keeps congressional Democrats from fulfilling their constitutional duty to confront a lawless president is their own political inertia.
  • Opinion: Take note — Property owners have a new way to fight government takings
    Even though they went to great lengths in their decision to downplay its ramifications, the U.S. Supreme Court made a historic ruling earlier this month that governments must pay property owners before they take their property, or at the time they do so, or they have violated the property owner’s constitutional rights. (Subscriber Access)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was recently disrupted by campaign workers demanding the same $15 per hour Sanders demands government force all employers to pay. 
  • Finally, we seem to have a bipartisan consensus in Washington. Both parties are terrified of new private money, and they want to regulate it out of existence. The near universal fear and loathing by government officials of these so-called cryptocurrencies is all the more reason they should exist.  
  • Nobody expects Donald Trump to speak the truth about himself or his opponents anymore. To support him requires a suspension of disbelief that is impressive in a misbegotten way.
  • As someone who was lucky enough to cover the 1992 presidential campaign — involving Republican incumbent President George W. Bush, Democratic challenger Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and the independent maverick, Texas billionaire businessman Ross Perot — from start to finish, allow me to make one semi-important point: Perot was not at all like anybody else who would, allegedly as a billionaire businessman, run for the White House as the GOP nominee — successfully — in 2016.
  • Oneida County should listen to its bureaucrats*
    No, we haven’t gone crazy — readers will notice that there is an asterisk on the headline. The asterisk is: As a general rule, that’s a terribly bad idea.

    However, in reading surveys about the county’s fiscal future turned in by Oneida County department heads, it turns out they have some good ideas, here and there. (Subscriber Access)
  • Recording events from public land shouldn’t be a crime.
  • A century ago, newspapers employed more than 2,000 full-time editorial cartoonists. Today, there are fewer than 25. In the United States, political cartooning as we know it is dead. If you draw them for a living and you have any brains, you’re working in a different field or looking for an exit.
  • In signing the new state budget, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed out grants totaling $250,000 over the next biennium for the Lakeland STAR School/Academy. (Full disclosure: Gregg Walker is the publisher of The Lakeland Times and is president of the Lakeland STAR governance board.) (Subscriber Access)
  • In the first Democratic presidential debates, Sen. Kamala Harris of California defended forced busing back in the 1970s as a civil rights triumph and criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for racial insensitivity for once opposing the policy.
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