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Viewing political corruption more broadly
Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Our View: Thanks, Beth Wetzler, for a job well done

We all understand that when a valued employee leaves a position with a company the notion is that everyone is replaceable.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Walker, Burke weigh in on openness

Mary Burke was succinct. She used a single word – “Yes” – to answer four of six questions from the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council about open government.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The real problem with Mary Burke's jobs plan

I suppose it makes for good politics, the GOP’s insistent attacks on Mary Burke’s honesty, credibility and work ethic after it turned out her campaign stole some wording for her economic plan from other Democratic candidates. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

November's elections won't resolve much of anything

Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sights from the seat of a two wheeler: Part 2
In Wisconsin the fine for littering is $287.51 to $500. However, and make note of this, if you heave out a large piece of furniture or an appliance, they can nab you for a grand.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

50th annual Beef-A-Rama: Well done yet again

Thumbs up to Beef-A-Rama and those who have worked tirelessly, not only this year, but over the course of the past 50 years to make this one of, if not the most unusual, wacky, fun and bizarre community events found in the state, if not the nation.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sights from the seat of a two wheeler: Part 1
Riding a bicycle brings the environment up close and personal. Unless you have some electronic distraction plugged in you’re pretty much unhindered in a sensory way.
Thursday, October 2, 2014

On Scotland's democracy and some notes on secession

In Scotland the drama is over, and people there have, by a solid margin, voted to retain their status as a member state of the United Kingdom. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The president and the Congress should work together on military intervention

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.” (Public access)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In ruling, court makes all public employees potential victims

Paul Fussell, in “The Great War and Modern Memory,” wrote that “every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected. Every war constitutes an irony of situation because its means are so melodramatically disproportionate to its presumed ends.” (Public access)

Monday, September 22, 2014

The stupidity of manufactured political debates

For a while now the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin has been trying to muscle its candidate for governor, Robert Burke, into scheduled debates between Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke, and it hasn’t had any luck.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

DNR's Rest Lake Dam project is Agenda 21 insanity
We are now into the second decade of watching an out-of-control, over-funded Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) effort to enhance the lives of turtles, frogs, birds, and spawning sturgeons at the pain and significant expense on the lives of thousands of Manitowish Chain-of-Lakes land owners. (public access)
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Corporate questions bring about unusual times
On June 30 of this year the Supreme Court came to a controversial and potentially far-reaching decision.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

America's immigrant surge and why it occurred
Several weeks ago an ISIS terrorist beheaded an American reporter before our eyes. The images crashed through our TV screens and assaulted our fragile sensibilities.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Life in the Slow Lane: Part 2
This late in the season, if you’ve done your homework, comes the best rides of the year.
Monday, September 8, 2014

This is the summer of the United States' discontent

Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: Land of Decay and Dysfunction.” (Public access)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Disciplined workers should be named to deter misbehavior

When state employees misbehave, does the public have a right to know who they are? Two state agencies are answering that question in different ways.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Life in the Slow Lane: Part 1
As a bicyclist I’ve got a lot of decisions to make.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Without openness, the US government cannot function
One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. (Public access)
Thursday, August 28, 2014

'Me too' Mary Burke: A campaign short on specifics
The Lakeland Times interview with Mary Burke (Friday, Aug. 22) was enlightening, but short on specifics. (Public access)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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