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January 16, 2018

Autism numbers spike: The latest call to action
The new numbers on autism prevalence are alarming - according to a national survey of more than 30,000 families, 1 in 36 U.S. children have been diagnosed with autism - and they are yet another urgent call for our elected leaders to take action. (subscriber access)


Friday, January 12, 2018


Michael Wolff's book shows Hillary Clinton was an even worse candidate than we thought
For over a year, I've been saying that Donald Trump is a dog who caught a car: he wanted to run for president, not be president.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A prophet who deserves a little honor
Anyone who cannot resist the temptation to offer public predictions about public events invites and can expect public ridicule.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Who are you calling a moron?
I remember when I was in fifth grade and kept losing tennis matches to a kid I despised.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Punish poor people
Store owner Kamal Saleh was just hit with thousands of dollars in fines.

His crime? He sold three cigars for $8.89. "Too cheap!" say New York City bureaucrats. "The cigars should have cost 11 cents more."

Politicians want you to spend more for tobacco.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Normal speech
Contrary to what my beloved junior high coach taught us, defeat does not build character. However, defeat can often reveal character. So, too, can victory reveal character, as it seemed to do late on a December Tuesday night in a raucous ballroom at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

One year in office: Trump keeps defying his critics
Trump was elected president in November 2016, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen by some 35 percent, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs in history.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

If Hillary Clinton had won, we'd be even worse
What if Hillary Clinton had won 114,000 more votes in four key states? Or, what if she'd picked up the two to three percent of the vote she lost because Bernie Sanders' supporters sat on their hands on election day? She'd be "Clinton 2" or "Clinton 45" or "the second President Clinton" - and the world would look very different.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Election odds
President Trump is up 3 percent!

I refer to the betting odds. Gamblers (mostly in Europe because political bets are legal there) now give the president a 53 percent chance of finishing his first term.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Misunderstanding all they see
In The Beatles' classic song, "Strawberry Fields Forever," John Lennon sings, "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see."
Friday, January 5, 2018

Our sore president
During his winning campaign to capture the White House, Democrat Barack Obama was harshly critical of the White House record of his predecessor George W. Bush.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Trump tax cut an ode to the Laffer Curve
The unsung hero of the GOP Christmas gift of a tax cut is Arthur Laffer - the Reagan economist who helped devise the Gipper's tax reductions. Those tax cuts rebuilt the U.S. economy in the 1980s and pulled us out of the mini-depression of high inflation and unemployment in the late 1970s. (subscriber access)
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Friday, December 29, 2017

Bark! And a Happy New Year!
And so it is the new year, and 2018 is, we see, the Year of the Dog on the Chinese calendar, and that gives us some comfort, for in a dangerous time and in a dangerous world, a dog is a good companion to have, either by your side or in the stars.
Friday, December 29, 2017

Resolutions and predictions
The calendar reminds us that it's that special time of the year to make reckless predictions and fleeting resolutions. So let us do a little of both.
Friday, December 29, 2017

What John F. Kennedy and Donald Trump Have in Common
Recently during an address at the White House, President Donald Trump likened his tax plan to the tax cut that John F. Kennedy proposed 55 years ago.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Deadly isms
People want politics to be simple. Left vs. right. Clinton vs. Trump. My side vs. your side. Elect the right guy, and things will be good!

The truth is more complicated.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mike Timmons needs to be held accountable
There's no question, after the antics in Boulder Junction over the past several years, that voters need to keep an eye on their local town boards of supervisors.

These supervisors, elected usually in low-turnout elections, spend millions of our tax dollars. It ain't chump change.
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Friday, December 22, 2017

A thanks to Lakeland area supervisors for their land-buy vote
It's official now, the big-government good-old-boys in Oneida County, led by supervisor Jack Sorensen, have approved a measure to add 231 acres of private acreage surrounding two lakes in the town of Enterprise to the already bloated county forest, using smoke and mirrors for arguments.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Will America survive DACA?
There isn't an American citizen who possesses at least a modicum of knowledge who hasn't heard politicians demand for "Comprehensive immigration reform." It sounds reasonable enough until the details are brought to light.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Liberate food trucks
Laura Pekarik bakes cupcakes and sells them from a food truck. Her truck provided a great opportunity, letting her open a business without having to spend big to hire a staff and rent space in a building.
Friday, December 15, 2017

Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans
To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation's long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his deathbed.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

No 'privilege' for Trump Jr.
Long before Donald Trump Jr. claimed "attorney-client privilege" last week to avoid answering Congressional inquiries, that same claim was tested and wisely rejected by Congress. Junior isn't even the first real estate executive asked to testify about suspected connections to a foreign dictator who tried that gambit to avoid questions in a Capitol Hill hot seat.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Wisconsin legislature delivers big wins to close out year
We know Wisconsin is already a great place to live, work, and raise a family. And now, thanks to principled leadership from Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers in Madison, the future for the Badger State looks even brighter.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Forget physical fitness
In recent reports - and at times, during the course of the 2016 election - greater public scrutiny has been drawn towards the diet of President Donald Trump.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tax plan is a cut for everyone
Whenever I'm asked if the Trump tax cut is for the rich, I say yes. It is a tax cut for the rich. It is a tax cut for the middle class. It is a tax cut for small businesses. It is a tax cut for the Fortune 100. If you pay federal income taxes, you will, in almost all cases, be getting more take-home pay come Jan. 1.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trump, the tape and a bunch of lazy journalists
"The tape, without question, is real."

I expected better from The New York Times.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I hate The New York Times
My hometown paper drives me crazy.

I read The New York Times because it often has good coverage. The newspaper pays to send reporters to dangerous places all around the world.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Why Trump must think twice before he pardons Flynn
Ever since Michael Flynn departed the Trump White House under a cloud of disgrace last February, speculation has mounted that the president might pardon his former national security adviser.
Friday, December 8, 2017

On the brink of a golden era, or another disaster?
With the tax reform plan passed by Congress and soon on its way to being signed by President Donald Trump - ironing out the differences between the Senate and House versions aren't expected to be too serious a problem - the United States is on the verge of a golden era of soaring prosperity, good fortune, and hope.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Understanding republicans
It's important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional Democrats voted for those bills.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Sexual harassment and the end of team politics
Until the 1990s, American electoral politics were divided ideologically, between the opposing ideas of liberalism and conservatism. Now we have Team Politics: Democrat versus Republican, my party right or wrong.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Why Franken should not resign
The chorus of loud demands for Senator Al Franken's resignation began from the moment that Leeann Tweeden accused him of sexual harassment. Those calls intensified after three more women - two of them anonymous - said the Minnesota Democrat had touched them inappropriately. They haven't subsided yet.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The evil rich
As Republicans struggle to agree on a tax plan, Democrats and much of the media label each attempt at reform a "gift" to rich people.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How the GOP tax plan can help small businesses more
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has caused a bit of a hullabaloo by complaining that small businesses don't get the benefits that corporations do in the GOP tax plan.
Friday, December 1, 2017

One more time: Where's the Benjamins?
And so now it is legally official: The Boulder Junction Town Board violated the open-meetings law last year when it convened a closed session to consider the compensation of an elected official, namely, the town's clerk-treasurer.
Friday, December 1, 2017

'Punching up' is American; 'punching down' is not
Americans have traditionally responded more positively to humor that "punches up" rather than "punches down." To "punch up" means to make a joke at the expense of those who have more power, privilege or property than the audience or the humorist. "Punching down" is the opposite - mocking or disparaging someone or some group that is less influential, privileged or affluent than are the mocker and his audience.
Friday, December 1, 2017

When 'reckoning' with Bill, try facts Not myths
Suddenly it has become fashionable again in liberal circles to flay Bill Clinton for his sexual misconduct, whether real, alleged or imagined. Amid the national frenzy swirling around the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, prominent journalists and politicians are competing to display their dudgeon over the former president and things he is said to have done long ago.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The stupid party gets smart
Republicans have long been known as "the stupid party." They do stupid things, such as waiting until mid-November to push a must-pass tax cut that should have been done by April.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The powerful waging war on the weak
The story is as timeless as it is ugly. The names of the actors change, but the plot remains the same. The powerful - whether the undocumented maid's employer, the factory owner who signs the teenage worker's paycheck or the producer who can cast an aspiring actress - are in control, and the weak are, too often, at their mercy.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

National Native American Heritage Month
This month, during National Native American Heritage Month, we have had the proud opportunity to present a series of articles about the history, culture, and economy of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and it has turned out to be one of the most educational series we've had in a long time.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the real thing
To agree that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was controversial is a confirmation of the obvious. To agree he is an extremely proud man would likewise be undeniable. But love of his country and his duty to the constituents he protects are by far his most outstanding attributes.
Friday, November 24, 2017


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