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A standing ovation for local election officials
As we report in today's edition, in the wake of the state's presidential recount, county, city, and town clerks are being inundated with open-records requests related to the election, and some of the requests are quite significant. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 16, 2016


Inauguration Day
Today, Donald Trump is being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, and we should take the time to pause and mark it together as fellow citizens of the greatest country on Earth.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump's first week
Donald Trump will be busy Friday.

He and Mike Pence have promised, Mother Jones magazine points out, that on Trump's first day in office he will repeal Obamacare, end the "war on coal," expel illegal immigrants, begin construction of a "beautiful Southern border wall," fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, come up with a plan to stop ISIS, get rid of "gun-free zones," "start taking care of our ... military," withdraw from the TPP trade agreement, cut regulations and designate China a currency manipulator.

OK, much of that was probably just campaign talk. I'm grateful for that. I hope some of it never happens.

Friday, January 20, 2017

We need tax reform, not tariffs
If America's competitors intentionally tried designing a tax system to destroy the American economy, they probably couldn't come up with a better plan than the way the United States currently taxes its own businesses.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Worst of Times
Now that I no longer do a weekly TV show, I have more time to read my local paper. Sadly, that's The New York Times.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Good chief, bad policy
We've all seen the routine in movies where there is a friendly cop and a badgering cop, but in Minocqua this routine is called something else. Here, we don't say, 'Good cop, bad cop,' we call it 'good chief, bad policy.'
Friday, January 13, 2017

When government suppresses science we all lose
It was reported last week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources had substantially edited a web page about climate change in the Great Lakes region by deleting long-standing references to climate change and its relationship to human activity.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

2016's biggest loser: Big Green
The day after the presidential elections, Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, glumly called the Donald Trump victory "devastating for our climate and our future." Well, yes, if you're a climate-change alarmist who hates fossil fuels, you're in for a bad four and maybe eight years.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Trump years
Two more weeks until the new administration begins!

I wonder if President Donald Trump will stick to his campaign promises - like reducing immigration and slamming consumers by imposing a 35 percent tariff.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Two cheers for Michael Schiek
We're never shy about telling things like they are, nor do we hesitate to admit when we're wrong, and it's the latter we are doing this week.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Natural resources policy needs bold change
Have you ever met someone who wants to destroy air and water? We haven't.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

A real email scandal - and Trump's hypocrisy
For well over a year, Donald Trump ranted constantly about the woman he smeared as "Crooked Hillary," insisting that her alleged disclosures of classified information - although unintentional, harmless and ultimately deemed innocent by the FBI director - were serious felonies for which she ought to be sent to prison. "Hillary Clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before," he sputtered. "We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office."
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

King Henry VIII pays us a royal visit
It's a good thing to be king, holding court high in a gold tower. And the 45th American president, Donald Trump, reminds me of one English Tudor king, known for his reddish hair, huge body heft, six wives of various nationalities and, um, forceful personality.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Did I say that? I apologize
For your semi-faithful correspondent, 2016 has been a 12-month exercise in humility. I apologize to you, gentle reader, for the errors - all unforced - to which I subjected you.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Donald Trump's choice
America's socialists - I mean, progressives, are enraged that President-elect Trump chose Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A chance for a new start at the DOT
A few years back, this newspaper called upon Gov. Scott Walker to fire DOT secretary Mark Gottlieb. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 30, 2016

Hunters questioning 30 percent increase in Northern Region buck kill
This thing about registering deer electronically should be fairly straightforward, right?

A phone call or a punch of the "enter" key should equal one deer. I get it. I think most hunters do, too.

But, remember, we're talking deer here - and maybe to a lesser degree timber wolves - so you know what that means.

There is no easy button.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

The right way to do infrastructure spending
Back in early 2015, oil and gas company ConocoPhillips requested a permit from the Obama administration to launch an oil-drilling project in Alaska.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Close them down!
Donald Trump is appointing good people - Andy Puzder, for example, Trump's nominee for labor secretary.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Donald Trump's death panel
Not long ago, Americans learned that the average life expectancy for white people in this country - those most likely to have voted for Donald Trump - actually declined for the first time in many years.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

On the border: Is this our last chance?
In the interest of full disclosure I'm one of those who dwell in the basket of deplorables. I didn't sign up for that distinction. It was given to me because I fell in with a group of millions of citizens who were considered racists and sexists.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Of desperadoes and Russians
Back in 2009, just after Barack Obama was sworn in, the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh opined that he hoped the new president would fail.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Crony capitalism for the people
When a politician does what he says he's going to do, you'd better get ready for the flak from the ideological and special-interest hacks.

And so it was that President-elect Donald Trump got both the Left and Right in a dither recently when he made good on his promise to save jobs - about a 1,000 of them, give or take - that Carrier Corporation, a division of United Technologies, said it was going to move to Mexico.

Friday, December 23, 2016

A blueprint for improving the public education system: Part 4
Testing students

Many administrators have turned to testing hoping that it will fix or help fix the failures in their schools.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

No lesson learned for LRES committee
When it comes to some local government officials, it's beginning to seem like you can't teach an old dog new tricks, although these tricks should have been taught a long time ago.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A blueprint for improving the public education system: Part 3
To some, the answer to the unsuccessful school is the charter school. There are many examples of successful charter schools in the same neighborhoods, same level of poverty, and same ethnic backgrounds as failing public schools.
Friday, December 16, 2016

A strong leader
President-elect Donald Trump's first decisions were exciting. His new team seems to include good people like Betsy DeVos, Andy Puzder and Paul Atkins.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Delist gray wolf as endangered species
I have heard the voices of Wisconsinites who have real concerns about the increasing threat of our state's growing wolf population.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A blueprint for improving the public education system: Part 2
Editor's note: This column was written by local resident D.W. Russler and has been broken into four parts for editorial purposes. Printed here is part two of four.



The COGS in the PES (Professional Education System) continued

3. The board and Superintendent

Since "board members" are responsible and accountable for carrying out the wishes of the people, they have to figure out how they are going to do it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Why Trump won't bring jobs
Within a day after Donald Trump's triumphal visit to Indiana, where he claimed credit for "saving" 800 jobs at a Carrier factory, the Department of Labor released its first monthly unemployment report since his election victory - and one of the last that will come out during the presidency of Barack Obama.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Buffoonery Factory
Seriously, we are not making this story up:

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away from our planet - the Oneida County Courthouse - a few good old boys were sitting around behind closed doors doing what good old boys do, you know, figuring out the latest way to screw the people, when suddenly they became concerned.

Friday, December 9, 2016

A blueprint for improving the public education system: Part 1
According to various statistical measures, our children's intellectual skills rank around 18th when compared to other developed countries in the world. On the other hand, the press has reported various times that the USA educational system is the envy of the world. Both positions may be right.
Friday, December 9, 2016

California Dreamin'
Years ago, living in New York City, my wife and I, excitedly awaiting the birth of our child, attended Lamaze classes in Manhattan to prepare for what we hoped would be natural childbirth.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Peace begins with a smile
What do the following smile-worthy lines spoken by American politicians of the past all, surprisingly, have in common?
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How can they sleep at night?
Let's be clear from the get-go: No one seriously believes the Russians stole the U.S. presidential election for Donald Trump, not even the political activists pursuing recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Welcome to the party of Trump
I stirred up some controversy last week when I told a conference of several dozen House Republicans that the GOP is now officially a Trump-working-class party. For better or worse, I said at the gathering inside the Capitol dome, the baton has now officially been passed from the Reagan era to the Trump era.
Friday, December 2, 2016

Obama works overtime for rules
Barack Obama's days in the White House are numbered, and so he is putting his administration into overdrive to impose rules burdensome to American businesses, all in the guise of helping American workers.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

As Neo-Nazis hail him, Trump shrugs
In recent days, events have reignited the most disturbing speculation about the nature of the incoming Trump regime, its ideological orientation, and the political character of the president-elect himself.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Giving thanks for the white noise
Yesterday, hopefully, our readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and are in the midst of an equally enjoyable weekend.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

In defense of the Electoral College
The election is over, and the diapered Left has wigged out, literally crying in the streets over its horrifying loss in the Electoral College.

It's not fair! Abolish the Electoral College! Trump is not a legitimate president!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Yes, Trump will double growth and jobs
When Donald Trump said that he will double the American growth rate, his skeptics scoffed. The left doesn't think 4 percent growth is possible, because they never came close to that target under Barack Obama.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016


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