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Gov. Scott K. Walker is no Captain James T. Kirk

It seemed just the thing to please us conservatives.

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget, that is. (Subscriber access)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Our View: LUHS school board should act

In last Tuesday’s edition, this newspaper reported the details and conclusion of a Minocqua Police Department investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by LUHS district administrator Todd Kleinhans at a December staff holiday party. (Public access)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Why NBC's suspension of anchor Brian Williams won't work

Brian Williams’ six-month suspension has fallen flat. His critics aren’t mollified. His supporters are clearly dispirited. Everyone knows this one is not over — though his tenure at NBC may very well be done. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why I'm pulling for Brian Williams in his credibility crisis

Newsrooms are snake pits. I say this with great affection. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Embezzlement is no joke, but prosecutors are

Our recent series on embezzlement has stirred a lot of local interest, and well it should, for, as we have reported, the Northwoods is as prone to victimization as any place in the nation, and the nation is undergoing an embezzlement epidemic. (Subscriber access)

Friday, February 13, 2015

EPA regulations will hamper job growth in state

Here in Wisconsin, we do not have the luxury of Arizona’s sun exposure for solar power, nor do we have the open plains like Iowa and the Dakotas to yield a high margin of wind energy. In Wisconsin, we rely on coal, and it accounts for over 60 percent of our energy production in this state. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Our View: Sheriff needs to come clean about sexual assault claim

As in all government agencies, sheriff’s departments and police departments are comprised of competitive individuals. It’s the nature of people in general to want to be the first and the fastest.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Can we have a regular Congress?

You probably didn’t notice, but the Senate passed a milestone a couple of weeks back. Before 2015 was a month old, senators had already had a chance to vote up-or-down on more amendments than they did in all of 2014.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Our View: Enough is enough

Well, that must have been some party. (Public access)


Friday, January 30, 2015

'Junk science' behind international emissions idiocy
During my recent perusal through anthropogenic global warming (AGW) science reports I came across an interesting review of that infinitely silly World Climate Change Conference recently held in Lima, Peru. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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)


Friday, January 2, 2015

No more wishy washy: It's time to reallocate Electoral College
In a recent interview, Gov. Scott Walker said he would be open to changing the way Wisconsin’s Electoral College votes are allocated.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Connecting the globalist dots inside the DOT
At first it sounds ludicrous, a new proposal by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to hire 180 full-time additional engineers in an age of shrinking Wisconsin state government. And, you know what? It is.
Friday, December 21, 2012

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