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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)


Thursday, July 31, 2014


A wish-list for open government
Bill LuedersBill Lueders
Most candidates for public office, when asked, will pledge their support for open and transparent government. The real question is: Are they committed to fixing problems and expanding what information is available?
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Jefferson's 'Death of a thousand cuts'
Gary MeinertGary Meinert
Thomas Jefferson sat stoically in the Philadelphia State House. These were the first few days of July, 1776, and Jefferson was suffering the “death of a thousand cuts.”
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lions Club will continue to serve, regardless of shelter vote

The motto of the Minocqua Lions Club is, quite simply, “to serve.” (Public access)


Monday, June 23, 2014

Something funny is going on in Minocqua
The events concerning the Pavilion at Torpy Park leave me feeling nothing but amused. How can this be? (Public access)
(2 comments)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Our View
In today’s edition we report on a State Bar of Wisconsin proposal to amend the state constitution to change the way Supreme Court justices are selected. (Subscriber access)
Monday, June 9, 2014

Walker's tax moves could be boon to campaign
Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has made two bright tax moves that should bolster his re-election efforts. (Subscriber access)
Monday, June 9, 2014

Deflect and delay is more dangerous than the Democrats
A funny thing happened on the way to the 2016 presidential election: After losing the 2012 contest, an enraged GOP establishment came out fighting. (Subscriber access)
Friday, June 6, 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

What now, conservatives? Relax, we're winning the war
Not too long ago I wrote a column about how dynamic and vigorous the conservative movement in this country was and how quickly it was morphing into the most potent American political force of the young century.
(13 comments)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

U.S.-China cultural exchanges - why does China get a pass?
I know it’s the election season, but sometimes other things are important too. In looking through the latest Lakeland Union High School District parent newsletter, I was struck by a small item announcing that “[T]he third annual Daqing, China, teacher/student exchange to Beijing will occur Oct. 23-Nov. 5.”
(2 comments)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Driving the future: Legislation gives teens a voice in safety programming
I am a teenager. I stay up too late; I wake up too late. I get emotional. I don’t want my parents circling me like hawks, and I definitely don’t want them to try to tell me what to do, especially behind the wheel. However, now that students have fallen back into the school routine, it’s time for everyone to pay attention to teen safety on the road.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The issue now is not basketball; it's integrity and transparency
Once again, this newspaper is being forced by recalcitrant public officials to fight legally for open records, and, as it has been in the past, the fight is with a Lakeland Union High School administration that doesn’t think twice about thumbing its nose at the law.
(2 comments)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Need a radical court ruling, just call the Monteman
There’s a reason liberals always file their court cases in Dane County. They know the activist judges there are as culturally biased, morally unprincipled, and politically absurd as they are. They are like three-card Monte con gamers, plying their trade in the courts in Madison.
Friday, September 21, 2012

Waiting for Romney with seven weeks to go
There’s just one thing for sure this election season, and that is that no one in his or her right mind should be betting on who is going to win the presidential election come Nov. 6, at least until we find out who the Republican nominee is. 
Friday, September 14, 2012

The LUHS 'F' Team: A study in arrogance and arbitrariness
In the last two editions of The Lakeland Times, as well as in today’s edition, investigative reporter Richard Moore has written a series of stories based on  LUHS records obtained by the Times related to the school’s search for a new head boys basketball coach. As the search winds down, a major truth about the character of the school’s administration has become clearer than ever, and it is not a positive one.
(4 comments)

Friday, August 24, 2012

The conservative wave of the future
The conservative movement these days is perhaps in the best health of my adult life. It is dynamic, it is vigorous, it is on the move, literally, and growing into the most powerful American political force of this young century.
(2 comments)

Friday, July 27, 2012


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