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April 24, 2018

Fear and loathing in Boulder Junction
The case of the Boulder Junction Town Board gets curiouser and curiouser.

The most intriguing question is, why are the town board supervisors - chairman Dennis Reuss and supervisors Denny McGann and Wes Johnson - so afraid of the people who elect them? (Subscriber Access)

Friday, April 20, 2018


A few hard questions for Comey
For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hidden taxes
The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. "That's the one that really made me mad." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Paul Ryan is no Margaret Chase Smith
Shortly after Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union and I was still a semi-young wiseguy, smugly sure that a celebrity candidate whose prospective campaign had sparked public interest would become a serious White House challenger, a grizzled political reporter brought me up short with this practical advice: "If a candidate gets measurably louder applause from the crowd when he's introduced to speak than he does when he's finished speaking, that candidate is overrated and will not be a winner." (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Trillion-dollar myth
There is an old saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and we've learned that again with the Congressional Budget Office and its latest highly misleading fiscal forecast. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

The President's trump card for spending restraint
The White House is seriously considering a strategy to cancel tens of billions of dollars of wasteful spending in the $1.3 trillion budget signed by President Donald Trump last month.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Republicans and patriotism
The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: "I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Knife control, life control
If you want to know exactly what the true goals of gun-control activists are, one need look no farther than London, England.
Friday, April 13, 2018

War on science
We've been told conservatives don't believe in science and that there's a "Republican war on science."
Friday, April 13, 2018

Don't let Trump betray veterans
Whenever Donald Trump fires a member of his administration, the least likely reason is incompetence, corruption, abuse of authority or wasteful extravagance.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Poisonous taxes
Soda will cost you more in Philadelphia, Seattle, Boulder, Colorado, and a bunch of California cities because politicians in those places voted to tax it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In Boulder Junction, a coup d'état, by any other name
In Boulder Junction these days, we know the town board has broken the open-meetings law at least once - it was convicted of illegally discussing the town clerk's compensation in closed session and then paying her $8,700 illegally - but, sadly, that is not even the worst offense that trio of would-be monarchs committed.
Friday, April 6, 2018

The art of the Trump trade deal
Is it possible that Donald Trump is winning on trade?

Last week, Trump apparently delivered two underappreciated victories as a result of his threat of stiff tariffs and renegotiated trade deals.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Helpful hints for candidates
Successful politicians, those who have won election and re-election to office, almost always have an extra olfactory nerve that somehow endows them with the ability to smell which way the political winds will blow in a given election year - and whether a gale-force blast is forming that might sweep them out of office in November.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The red pill
In the movie "The Matrix," swallowing a red pill reveals the truth, while downing a blue pill leaves you trapped in illusion.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Getting what they so richly deserve
Several months ago, when the GOP-controlled Congress passed a $1.4-trillion tax cut, we opined that America could be on the verge of a golden era of prosperity - that we could be on the verge of making America great again.
Friday, March 30, 2018

No, Hillary Clinton: It's the red states that are dynamic
Hillary Clinton is being universally panned by Republicans and Democrats for her recent rant against people who voted for Donald Trump.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Who's afraid of mergers?
Donald Trump is producing the kind of shoot-the-moon economic recovery that we last saw under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.
(1 comments)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Climate exit
President Trump's pick to be the new secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is not a fan of the Paris climate agreement, the treaty that claims it will slow global warning by reducing the world's carbon dioxide emissions.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Taking control of local control
The temperatures are rising, the ice is melting (here comes the sun, we say) and so there ought to be a spring in your step and a dance in your heart as we race ever closer to the month of April.
(1 comments)

Friday, March 23, 2018

We live in a dangerous time
Late afternoon in the summer of 2016 I was giving my little dog a walk up and down the empty sidewalks of Boulder Junction. The stores were closed and few cars were parked at the curbs. From behind me came words that chilled me to the bone. "I'm going to kill you and then I'm going to kill your f------ dog."
(6 comments)

Friday, March 23, 2018

Lies about trade
Maybe Donald Trump is such a powerful communicator and pot-stirrer that other countries, embarrassed by their own trade barriers, will eliminate them.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The dangers Of diplomacy, Trump-style
This planet just became a more perilous place to live.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Understanding the Trump Trade Doctrine
Recently, Donald Trump dialed back his earlier call for a punitive and blanket tariff on imported steel and aluminum. Good decision.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The dark days of open government
The leaders of two of Wisconsin's most well-known leftie groups were scratching and shaking their heads this past week with the news that the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council had awarded Gov. Scott Walker its 2018 Political Openness Award.
(2 comments)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Sunshine Week 2018: The Lakeland Times' and Northwoods River News' open records grades (Part One)
In honor of Sunshine Week - a celebration and advocacy of open government - The Lakeland Times presents the newspaper's 2018 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business.
(1 comments)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Sunshine Week 2018: The Lakeland Times' and Northwoods River News' open records grades (Part Two)
In honor of Sunshine Week - a celebration and advocacy of open government - The Lakeland Times presents the newspaper's 2018 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business.




Friday, March 16, 2018

Sunshine Week 2018: The Lakeland Times' and Northwoods River News' open records grades (Part Three)
In honor of Sunshine Week - a celebration and advocacy of open government - The Lakeland Times presents the newspaper's 2018 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business.
Friday, March 16, 2018

No trade barriers
No, President Trump, it's not true that if you tax imported steel, we "will have protection for the first time in a long while."
(2 comments)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Pelosi: Two real professionals
Former President Ronald Reagan is hands down the most electorally successful American politician of the post-World War II era.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Leaders need to focus on mental health, school security
Yet another incident of mass violence, this time a deadly shooting in Parkland, Fla., has set off a predictable wave of political grandstanding, as, sadly, politicians in both parties rush to use the tragedy for their own partisan gain.
(1 comments)

Friday, March 9, 2018

In Cuba, Trump's hostility serves Kremlin
HAVANA - The presidency of Donald Trump is teaching millions of Cubans - along with people around the world - to see the United States as a symbol of disappointment rather than hope.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Never mind Millennial apathy, here's Generation Z
Like many other Americans, I have been impressed with the poise, passion and guts of the Florida teenagers who survived the latest big school shooting, as well as that of their student allies in other cities who walked out of class, took to the streets and/or confronted government officials to demand that they take meaningful action to reduce gun violence.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Pity the poor unions
Oh, pity the poor unions.

It seems like unions are scared to death that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to declare fair share fees unconstitutional.

Friday, March 2, 2018

How environmentalists keep heating bills high
This has been a colder-than-usual winter in the Midwest and Northeast, so many Americans are facing high home heating and electric bills. In some areas, these bills can reach $1,000 a month.
(1 comments)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Obama's real debt and deficit legacy
Congressional Republicans have been raked over the coals recently for slamming through budget caps and inflating government spending and debt by another $300 billion.
(1 comments)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Underestimating the voters' intelligence - and paying for it
Politics can be both cruel and unsentimental. Consider the case of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., known on Capitol Hill - since his first election to Congress in 1972 - for his civil and amiable treatment of others, irrespective of party, and, as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, for securing federal billions for his small, poor state.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Keep it closed!
The government is open again. That's too bad.

One day, one of these shutdowns should be permanent. We would still have far more government than the Founding Fathers envisioned.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Useful idiots vs. the FBI
Nothing is more fashionable these days on the Republican right than to trash America's law enforcement and intelligence services.
(1 comments)

Tuesday, January 30, 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)


(1 comments)

Friday, January 12, 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


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