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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


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)
(1 comments)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wisconsin, taxes and the wealth of the states
In continuing my studies in politics, economics, and history I have just read an interesting book entitled “An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States,” by authors Dr. Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore. (Public access)
Monday, August 25, 2014

Race and the Ferguson divide: A failure to empathize

Earlier this week, I arrived for a scheduled visit with a medical professional and left reeling over just how divided we remain in this country about race. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 25, 2014

The immigrant surge and Obama's complicity

In my previous “Border Communique” I described the basic information regarding the illegal alien surge all across our southern border. In this, my 41st “Border Communique” I will lay out the Obama Administration’s complicity in this assault on our sovereignty. 


(15 comments)

Friday, August 22, 2014

An outrageous government trumps its own outrageousness

Well, it seems some distraught readers  think my focus on the case of Alvin and Paul Sowinski, and the government’s pursuit of them for allegedly poisoning wildlife, is a bit extreme. (Public access)


(3 comments)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Forward thinking from the rear view mirror
As a youngster of 64 I’ve seen some changes in transportation in my short span on earth.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why government fails, and what we should do about it
As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

'Limited, Specific and Achievable'

That is how one unnamed official described the military option in Iraq, last Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (Public access) 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Judicial Activism

Reporters dutifully asked Gov. Scott Walker for his reaction after David Prosser was narrowly re-elected to the State Supreme Court in the spring of 2011. (Public access)


Monday, August 11, 2014

Sowinski case demonstrates America's growing police state

A fellow writing the other week suggested that the stories The Times published about Paul and Alvin Sowinski focused more on the actions of law enforcement than on the conduct of the Sowinskis themselves. (Public access)


(4 comments)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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.
(11 comments)

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

No more tax increases: Why Grover Norquist is right
There was quite a dust-up in the Republican Party this past week when Georgia U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss uttered the unthinkable and said he would no longer adhere to the famous Taxpayer Protection Pledge conceived by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.
(4 comments)

Friday, November 30, 2012

I have never had a bad day hunting
After decades of deer hunting in Wisconsin – hunting in every condition from sunshine to snow – I can say I have never had a bad day hunting. Each hunt is unique, special and memorable.
Friday, November 16, 2012

LUHS school board needs to ask the tough questions
What is happening these days at Lakeland Union High School is nothing short of sad – a series of questionable actions that the administration has failed to explain adequately to the public and which demand answers before the community can move forward.
(4 comments)

Friday, November 16, 2012


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