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Our View: Governor Cucumber, meet Governor Kumquat

This is what happens when you spend billions of dollars to build roads to nowhere and plan double-decker freeways to heaven, slicing though traditional neighborhoods and along the edges of cemeteries as you go. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, January 22, 2015


It'll never be time for term limits on Congress

It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of Capitol Hill who believe members of Congress should serve a limited number of terms.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

OUR VIEW: Court clerks wrong on fee policy for records

As reported in today’s edition, citizens could be allowed to copy circuit court records for free, but clerks of court in Oneida and Vilas counties won’t let that happen.

They should reconsider their position. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

OUR VIEW: The other side of the story: Carefully consider flu vaccine

As our stories last week indicated, the Northwoods is in the middle of a severe flu season, and, though doctors notice some leveling off, we still have a ways to go before people can begin to feel safer about the outbreak, which some medical experts are calling an epidemic. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Our View: Vilas sheriff's department was irresponsible in Presque Isle case

The grinding gristle of rumor mills during a police investigation – so commonplace in the age of the Internet and social media – can be both dangerous and obstructionist.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Looking forward by looking back

With the 114th Congress just underway, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead. Taxes, trade, immigration, climate change, job creation, the Affordable Care Act  there’s a long list of issues and one burning question: whether a Republican Congress and a Democratic President can find common ground.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Oneida County nearly takes a step in the wrong direction

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors, after a day-long hearing where they heard the testimony of witnesses and from the county’s veterans service officer, Tammy Walters, voted not to dismiss Walters from that position. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My New Year's resolution: Finding government waste

There’s an old Robert Palmer song out there with one of my favorite lines: “Ain’t no tellin’ where the money went.” (Subscriber access)


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Friday, January 2, 2015

Anniversary reminder

Four years ago this week at about 9 o’clock we were beginning to leave our Nogales Border Patrol Station’s Citizen’s Advisory Board annual potluck Christmas party. Always a very festive occasion with great food, hugs and good wishes all around. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Keep Talking, Andrew Hawkins

Last Sunday, before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland wide receiver Andrew Hawkins walked out on the pregame field wearing a T-shirt to challenge our nation’s conscience. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The most important policy: Follow the Constitution

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Rand Paul is president of the United States. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 19, 2014

A look back at the past eight years
Nearly eight years ago, I had the privilege and honor of taking the oath of office as Wisconsin’s 43rd Attorney General, pledging to you to administer our state’s Department of Justice (DOJ) with integrity, adherence to the rule of law, and with a commitment to assist the many dedicated professionals who keep all of us safe.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Dysfunction in Plum Lake: Pull it together or get out

I walked out of a local government meeting I was covering last Tuesday evening for The Lakeland Times. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The shooting of Tamir Rice: If only our grief were colorblind

Hundreds showed up Wednesday morning for the funeral of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The unfair scapegoating of the Affordable Care Act

Barring a Christmas miracle that saves Sen. Mary Landrieu’s job, the Democratic disappearing act in the South is about to claim another casualty. The Republican tide, expected to net a new senator in Louisiana’s runoff election this weekend, brings to mind Democrat Lyndon Johnson’s rueful remark after he signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. “We have lost the South for a generation,” he reportedly said.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

HIPAA's reach is often overextended

Recently, I was told by a court official in Outagamie County that federal law prohibited the release of the name of a man I had just heard speak in open court.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

The hypocrisy over lambasting presidential kids

It’s an obvious rule: Never pick on a president’s family. 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

What lies ahead for our divided government

Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser. It’s the next few weeks and months that really matter.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Ferguson, the 'local crime story' given national news status
Last year, Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell stood trial in Philadelphia for the deaths of one woman and seven babies who had their throats slit, but national reporters didn’t want to cover it. It’s a “local crime story,” they said.
Monday, December 1, 2014

Country recognizes American Education Week Nov. 16-22
Each year, American Education Week (Nov. 16-22, 2014) offers citizens a chance to celebrate the importance of public education and to recognize the people who teach our children and work in Wisconsin’s public schools.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The tyranny of money-sucking global warming academics
In an excellent new report, “Climate Hype Exposed,” author Paul Driessen shows how the UN and Obama Administration [are] pushing pseudo-science to justify policies that hurt energy, jobs, liberty – and people. 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


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