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Where's the Benjamins?
As we report in today's edition, this newspaper has filed yet another open-meetings complaint against the town board of Boulder Junction.
Friday, August 18, 2017


Trump's deadly ego trip
Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim he would "take care of everybody" with a "beautiful" new system that insures all Americans, regardless of their ability to pay.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The President is also a moral leader
It was obviously an earlier, less cynical time when the president of the United States could explain an unscheduled drive from the White House he had once taken.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Google Women
Why aren't there more women criminals?! Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1. We male stutterers outnumber women, too.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Beware the Obamacare-industrial complex
The danger of a Republican bailout of Obamacare is mounting with every passing day. Moderate Republicans calling themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus are quietly negotiating with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to throw a multibillion-dollar lifeline to the Obamacare insurance exchanges.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Regulating guns
Have a gun license? Plan to bring your gun to my hometown? Don't.

Mean New York authorities will make your life miserable.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Authentic Republican wisdom
American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Public beware: Sorensen wants to control your property
It's amazing the lengths to which big-government politicians will go to keep control of people's lives.
Friday, August 11, 2017

The Trump Economy: Progress and Peril
Well, finally we are getting that "summer of recovery." The July jobs report released recently was a blockbuster - solid job gains across the economy, the lowest unemployment rate in more than a decade and a nice bump in wages.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Missing case for Republican health care
At 2 o'clock on a Friday morning in July - after having successfully run in three national elections on their party's repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting passed - the case of those in the Senate majority leadership to fellow Senate Republicans for honoring that vow came down to a single assurance: Vote for this bare-bones bill, which nobody has ever seen before and would take health care away from only 16 million of our fellow citizens, even though, you have our solemn word, it will never become law.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Democrats are a lost cause
There they go again.

Hillary Clinton was a two-time loser. Weirdly, her people are still in charge of the Democratic Party. Clintonista militant moderates haven't learned a thing from Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump - so they're trying to sell Democratic voters on more of the same.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Good enough for us
We're just a little torn by this week's news that tech manufacturing giant Foxconn is coming to Wisconsin - somewhere in the southeastern part of the state - to build a 20-million-square-foot plant for its products.
Friday, August 4, 2017

The Trump budget
Remember President Trump's "terrible" budget cuts?

"Promises Little but Pain," warned The New York Times.

"Harsh and shortsighted," cried The Washington Post.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Coal is No. 1
Quick: What was the No. 1 source of electricity production in the U.S. during the first half of 2017? If you answered renewable energy, you were wrong by a mile. If you answered natural gas, you were wrong by a tiny amount.
Friday, August 4, 2017

How to fix the GOP's Obamacare Fiasco
It's no great revelation Republicans have bungled the Obamacare repeal bill beyond belief.

What's killing Republican reform efforts are the headlines projecting that some 20 million people will lose their health insurance under virtually any GOP plan.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

$2 million bathroom
Did you see the $2 million dollar bathroom? That's what New York City government spent to build a "comfort station" in a park.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It's just another day
The liberals had their way again at the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands this week, with the big-government politicians - attorney general Brad Schimel and secretary of state Doug La Follette - outnumbering state treasurer Matt Adamczyk in voting to buy almost 1,000 acres of land in Oneida County.
Friday, July 28, 2017

McCain the patriot
In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Wisconsin will lead a property rights revolution
The Murr family owns two adjacent lots along the Lower St. Croix River. The lots were originally purchased as two separate and distinct lots (Lot F and Lot E) in 1960 and 1963, respectively.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Why Trump Jr. should release more emails
For many months, Donald J. Trump and his closest associates have assured Americans their presidential campaign had "absolutely no contact" with any Russians seeking to influence the course of the 2016 presidential election.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Loving animals to death
We need to sell more rhino horns, quickly.

That may be the only way to save rhinos from extinction. Today, rhinos vanish because poachers kill them for their horns. Businesses turn their horns into ornaments or quack health potions.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cruz rescues Republicans on Obamacare
Republicans are finally getting smart on Obamacare. It took one of the savviest Republican senators - Ted Cruz of Texas, with an assist from Mike Lee of Utah - to get the GOP to figure out how to replace Obamacare, reduce premiums and save money for the government, all without alienating millions of voters. He's pulled the Republicans' fannies out of the fire, flipping a losing strategy into a big-time winner.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Unanswered questions of 2017
In the nervous Washington summer of 2017, with Republicans reeling from embarrassing disclosure after embarrassing disclosure, opposition Democrats, even before President Trump recently announced in Paris: "France is America's first and oldest ally. A lot of people don't know that," have already been following the strategy first recommended by a great Gallic leader, Napoleon Bonaparte: "Never interfere with an opponent while he's in the process of destroying himself."
Friday, July 21, 2017

The time to act on health care is now
There is apparently only one thing worse than having Democrats in complete control of the federal government, and that is having Republicans in control of it.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Stupid hostile media
President Donald Trump drives people crazy.

Especially those in the media.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

California and the President
Donald Trump has new words for an old song: "California, here I don't come."

The president has made it to Eastern Europe, but he hasn't made it to Hollywood.

Something tells me he'd rather sit down with Vladimir Putin than with California's extremely popular governor, Jerry Brown.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why the greens hate nuclear power
Let's stretch our imaginations for a moment and assume the left is right that global warming will bring apocalyptic warming by the end of the century and the only way to save the planet from extinction is to stop using fossil fuels right now.
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Tuesday, July 18, 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.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

We can and must do better - together
This year, Congress has worked hard to craft solutions to the real challenges being experienced in the healthcare marketplace. In many states, including Wisconsin, the individual insurance market needs to offer more health plan options at a lower cost. We need Congress to act now.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Not the most dependable of friends
Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who -because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state that Hillary Clinton carried -is commonly referred to as the most vulnerable Republican incumbent facing re-election.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trump can make American energy dominant
At the recent Unleashing American Energy event, Donald Trump renewed his promise of an era of American global energy dominance. He said this energy superpower status would be gained by using all of our energy resources. He also noted that in just six months, we've reduced the petroleum share of the trade deficit by 5 percent. What a welcome change from Barack Obama, whose administration took every possible step to stop American fossil fuel development.
Tuesday, July 11, 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.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

School Inc.
Every year, almost every industry improves.

We get more choices - usually better choices, for less money.

"But of all the products we make and the services we provide, there's one that stands out as an exception," according to the Cato Institute's Andrew Coulson. "One activity in which excellence doesn't spawn countless imitators or spread on a massive scale: schooling."

Friday, July 7, 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.

We've had our tough times, to be sure, and tough times remain ahead, but, on this Fourth, most of us deep down know things could be worse - oppression could be greater, living standards could be lower - and in much of the world it is.
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Monday, July 3, 2017

What would our founders think?
This is the fourth year I've been privileged to write a column for The Lakeland Times for Independence Day. It is an honor for me to do so. With celebratory intentions I've always attempted to write about our glorious nation and its bright future. Apologizing in advance, this column will not entirely reflect that objective.
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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.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Fast growth, and lots of it, is right around the corner
Every day, legions of economists dismiss Donald Trump's economic agenda and forecast of 3 percent growth as a wild-eyed fantasy. The consensus is that the economy "can't possibly grow at 3 percent," according to The Wall Street Journal. "Slow growth is the new norm, so get used to it," wrote Rucir Sharma, chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley, in Foreign Affairs magazine this month.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Character beyond measure
Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Now hear this!
I'm technically disabled - but not mentally disabled the way some of my foes on CNN seem to believe I am. No, my disability is hearing loss. In one ear I'm nearly deaf.
Tuesday, June 27, 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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon
In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew - having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had shaken down from businessmen - resigned his office.
Friday, June 23, 2017


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