At a U.S. House judiciary committee hearing this week, U.S. attorney general William Barr said what many people are thinking, and that is, just why aren’t Democrats and the media condemning the violent riots that have occurred in recent weeks across the United States?
“What makes me concerned for the country is, for the first time in my memory, that the leaders of one of our great two political parties, the Democratic Party, are not coming out and condemning mob violence and the attacks on federal courts,” Barr said. “Why can’t we just come out and say violence against federal courts has to stop? Could we hear something like that?”
Apparently not. Barr certainly didn’t hear it at the hearing, and neither he nor the public are hearing it from most Democrats or the media nationally.
To his credit, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has condemned the violence that followed the death of George Floyd: “Protesting such brutality is right and necessary,” Biden said in late May. “It’s an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.”
The problem is, the vice president’s words have been lost in a sea of his other pronouncements about the righteousness of the protests and he has done nothing to venture forth from his basement to underscore the point. It has become a point buried beneath an avalanche of leftist sympathy not merely for peaceful protests but for violent riots, too.
At the beginning of July, to cite just one example, Senate Democrats killed a resolution to specifically condemn violent protests. Make no mistake: The failure to condemn these violent outbursts is the same as supporting them.
The national media has been even worse. Some in the media have even decided to slide down the slippery slope head first, openly embracing the violence.
That’s what Nicole Hannah Jones of The New York Times did, telling CBNC: “And violence is when an agent of the state kneels on a man’s neck until all of the life is leached out of his body. Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence. And to put those things — to use the same language to describe those two things I think really — it’s not moral to do that.”
More often, the media simply glosses over the violence, leaving out clips of brutality and looting and burning and labeling violent protests as “mostly peaceful.” That phrase has become the catchword of a media that seeks to misrepresent what is really going on.
As Ben Shapiro has observed, “mostly peaceful” is “a brand-new invention meant to obscure the simple fact that many of our cultural elites are fine with violence so long as those who engage in such violence have the proper goals.”
The real point here is that a protest is either peaceful or it’s not. “Mostly peaceful protest” is simply a journalist’s euphemism for a violent protest that the journalist endorses.
So Shapiro’s point is well taken, and here in Wisconsin it was perhaps best expressed in this nonsensical headline from the Wisconsin State Journal back in early June: “Third night of looting follows third night of mostly peaceful protest.”
Ah, yes, a night of looting is a great example of mostly peaceful protest.
Several weeks later, during all that “mostly peaceful” protesting, Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter was beaten to a pulp in what we are surprised the media didn’t call a “mostly peaceful interaction” with the protesters. Thing is, Carpenter was an ally of the protesters, so beware the “mostly” if you’re ever involved in a mostly peaceful protest.
Beyond pandering to the violence, Democrats and the media are guilty of a rank hypocrisy when it comes to armed demonstrations. When protesters brandishing firearms gather to demonstrate against police brutality, or armed black militias take to the streets, we hear nothing about the weaponry and everything about how “mostly peaceful” they are.
Many times they are peaceful. But when conservative groups, with some carrying firearms, peacefully protest against the deprivation of constitutional rights, Democrats and the media condemn them as dangerous extremists threatening the foundation of society.
That’s what happened in Michigan when armed protesters peacefully entered the state capitol to protest the governor’s lockdown actions. Mind you, there was no violence at all in Michigan, but the New York Times called the protesters “armed rebels” and Hillary Clinton proceeded to call the demonstrations “domestic terrorism.”
That was reminiscent of Joe Biden’s 2011 characterization of Tea Party groups as “acting like terrorists.”
Just this past week, Robyn Thomas, the executive director of the liberal Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, attacked armed protests as fundamentally evil: “In recent months, we’ve witnessed an alarming uptick in incidents of armed protestors asserting that their right to bear arms trumps every other right — not to mention public health and safety. But protestors who strap rifles to their chests and show up to rallies in tactical gear are not defending themselves against any actual, credible threats.”
Thomas said armed protesters were predominantly white men who were not taking public safety into account when expressing their discontent.
She went on to list any number of actual examples to support her assertions, but not once did she condemn or even mention the existence of armed black protesters doing the exact same thing. She did not include in her long timeline the July 4 march of dozens of predominantly black masked, armed protesters through Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in Georgia. She did not mention a march in June in Oklahoma by black gun owners in which some openly carried their firearms.
She did not mention a similarly long list on instances where blacks or predominately black groups protested with firearms in hand.
Our point is not to criticize those armed but peaceful protesters who legally exercise their Second Amendment rights. Our point is that the Left, Democrats, and the media attempt at every turn to demonize conservatives who exercise those very same rights responsibly and legally while turning a blind eye to the same actions carried out by their ideological comrades.
Even worse, they not only turn a blind eye but embrace violence when it occurs and attempt to make it disappear in soothing rhetoric about mostly peaceful demonstrations.
One can certainly debate the wisdom of armed protest, but the right of a person or a group to exercise their constitutional right to carry is fundamental, no matter what.
In our way of thinking, we’ll take actually peaceful demonstrations — people exercising their rights to carry arms while protesting legally, whatever the cause — over “mostly peaceful demonstrations” that include burning, looting, and assault.
That liberals and Democrats embrace the latter is all we need to know.
Once upon a time, in a far, far away place called Upside Down Land, people in a strange little universe known as the Oneida County Courthouse did everything in reverse.View
All summer long we have become accustomed to seeing Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers at the launch ramps in their blue T-shirts and hats. We chat with them about where we have been, in what water we have had our boats or equipment and maybe chat about the weather or how fishing has been. If we frequent certain launch ramps enough, we see the same watercraft inspectors over and over, and they become almost like friends to us.View
In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden had this uninspiring assessment of America’s current predicament: “The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him: No miracle is coming.”View
If there was ever any doubt — and, after years of reporting, there should not have been — it can be said the leadership of Oneida County is totally contemptuous of public accountability, so secretive in the way it fashions so-called “public policy” and spends taxpayer dollars that it can truly be called a government of the special interests, by the special interests, and for the special interests.View
For decades, natural resource and species conservation policies have been dictated by big city politicians with no skin in the game, activist judges in faraway coastal states and the ebb and flow of partisan politics in Washington. Meanwhile, rural communities with no say in the hopelessly skewed process are left to live with the consequences.View
Last week I attended the Healthy Lakes and Rivers Webinar put on by the Vilas County Land and Water Department. I think the Healthy Lakes and Rivers Program is such a great program, and it is starting to become more popular with riparian owners, which is great to see.View
Life in the Northwoods is beautiful, serene… and buggy! We certainly have our fair share of insects. Many of those insects are beneficial to the environment. Some of them are a nuisance, and others may even carry disease. But they all serve a purpose. Even the mosquito. Yes, the mosquito. I get that they are annoying. I get they bite. I get there is a small chance they can make you sick.View
The “post-game” analyses of the 2020 Democratic National Convention have gone on for longer than the convention itself. Critics continue to weigh in on whether Barack Obama or Michelle Obama was the more effective speaker and whether Joe Biden, in his 24-minute acceptance speech (remarkably brief by historical standards), put to rest questions about Sleepy Joe.View
I have long thought citizen science is a great way to get involved in the world around us. With everything happening in the world today, and more kids doing virtual learning or homeschooling, I also think citizen science is a great learning tool in which kids have the opportunity to get involved.View
Only hours before Bill Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 18, a strange thing happened. The tabloids published newly discovered photos of the former president receiving a neck massage from a young woman. The pictures were allegedly taken in 2002 during a Clinton Foundation trip to Africa on the jet owned by Jeffrey Epstein, who was revealed years later to be a rapist, thug and serial exploiter of young women. The woman in those photos is Chauntae Davies, then 22 years old and a massage therapist employed by Epstein. She accused him many years later of having raped and mistreated her.View
This week, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors, an entity that is already one of the worst government bodies in Wisconsin when it comes to open government, took another turn down the dark road, voting to pay supervisors per diems for attending meetings virtually rather than actually showing up in person.View
It seems obvious that President Donald Trump is going to need a blockbuster economic revival if he hopes to win reelection in November.View
To say it has been a weird year for fishing would be an understatement, as I believe I have said previously in this very column. The post spawn funk seemed to go on forever, and the water temperatures shot up to what I would consider a sustained unusual level on many lakes. It was just a strange spring and early summer. In the last few weeks, though, things seemed to level off and fish were a little more reliable.View
In his letter of resignation from the Oneida Vilas Transit Commission this week, Oneida County supervisor Bob Mott said that, after a conversation about yet another question brewing over at the commission, this time about the transit manager, he could not sleep.View
To say this year has been a strange one for fishing would be an understatement. Water temperatures shot up quickly early on, the fish — especially the smallmouth — seemed to stay in their post spawn funk for far longer than normal, and in general, everything just seemed a bit upside down.View
Gov. Tony Evers’ second declared emergency order over the COVID-19 pandemic is clearly out of order, and the Legislature should act now to overturn it — if they haven’t by the end of the week — and for multiple reasons.View
As some readers know, my husband, Rod Gaskill, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in July of 2018. This year marks the second annual Rod Gaskill Memorial Bass Tournament, which will be held in Rhinelander on Boom Lake.View
Sometimes good people do bad things, and sometimes good Supreme Court justices do stupid things, and that’s just what happened in a recent decision by the state Supreme Court.View
Being a bit of a geek, but also a tournament bass angler, I find comparing tournament results to be fun and, at times, quite interesting. While there are many smaller club tournaments on lake dotted across the Northwoods, there are three main trails in which bass anglers compete for a bit bigger purse.View
One of the worst failings of political journalism in our time was just illustrated again. When Joe Biden delivered a path-breaking address on climate change, he drew less media coverage than a rumored shakeup in the Trump campaign. Do you care more about the fate of Republican grifters — or the fate of the Earth?View
All during the pandemic, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers liked to talk about how, with his Badger Bounce Back plan, he would, every day or so, announce a new “turn of the dial,” which would slowly re-open the state, get workers back to work, and families back on their feet.View
Pollinators have become a hot topic lately, with their rapid decline in the last few decades. With two-thirds of the food we eat being possible because of pollinators like bees and butterflies, coupled with the increase in food demand brought on by larger human populations, it makes sense people would be worried and try to do what they can to create pollinator habitat and food sources.View
President Donald Trump showed strong leadership this week, best expressed in a single tweet: “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL.”View
Last month, the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department put on a two-day webinar entitled “Healthy Shorelines for Animals, Plants and People.” The webinar in general was very well attended, which was commented on by many speakers.View
The most recent jobs report found that nine of the 10 states with unemployment rates above 14% are in liberal blue states. Ranked from highest to lowest, they are Nevada (25.3%), Hawaii (22.6%), Michigan (21.2%), California (16.3%), Rhode Island (16.3%), Massachusetts (16.3%), Delaware (15.8%), Illinois (15.2%), New Jersey (15.2%) and Washington state (15.1%). I call this the “blue-state jobs depression.” The states with the lowest unemployment rates are all conservative red states: Nebraska (5.2%), Utah (8.5 %), Wyoming 8.8%, Arizona (8.9%) and Idaho (8.9%).View
New York Times/Siena College has Democrat Joe Biden at 50% and Republican President Donald Trump at 36%; CNN has Biden at 54% and Trump 36%; Fox News has Biden at 50% and Trump at 38%. These recent national polls have left Democrats almost giddy with anticipation. But before Democrats put the champagne on ice, they would be wise to remember the prophetic words of an authentically wise Texan. Former Gov. Ann Richards said, on July 3, 1988, on CBS’s “Face the Nation”: “July does not a November election make.”View
The coronavirus shutdown has flattened multiple industries across America — everything from airlines and manufacturers to hospitals, retailers, oil and gas producers, and restaurants. Many of the 30 million small and large businesses in the country have reported a 30% reduction in revenues. Amid the carnage, one sector of the economy is thriving like never before in the history of the republic: the government.View
Under normal circumstances, running a tournament, or a series of tournaments, can be a big undertaking. This year we had a new twist to it all. As many know, I am the tournament director for the Wisconsin River Series. We usually have four qualifying tournaments and a two-day championship. Of course, our tournament in early May had to be cancelled due to the pandemic and the governor’s Safer at Home order.View
It’s the oddest thing. The more America’s Big Tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have contributed to keeping America’s economy afloat during the coronavirus lockdown, the louder the voices get to break them up or to tie them up into regulatory knots.View
Mob rule has been a staple of America’s leftist politics for a while now, and so it is hardly surprising the Left has now unleashed its version of it in the Northwoods, an uprising against honest debate and integrity that most assuredly will be countered and defeated.View
Here’s the fail-safe test for whether a political party is growing and strengthening or shrinking in size and prospects: Is that party spending its time, energy and effort seeking, recruiting and welcoming converts to its ranks, or is that party instead hunting down heretics within its ranks and, in the name of political purity, banishing them to some outer darkness?View
While there are still social distancing best practices in place and things are not exactly as we remember them, we have learned, in large part, to take our meetings and trainings online. As I have said before, this has afforded many of us the opportunity to attend and to learn many things we otherwise would not have.View
In the coming time following the pandemic and its lockdowns, there is likely to be an intense debate about economic recovery, as millions of Americans and small businesses try to get on their feet after the fierce blows that have put so many on the canvas.View
The crisis of the coronavirus-induced economic lockdown and now the violent protests in the streets have unleashed a depression-level financial crisis and unprecedented human suffering — especially in our inner cities. These events have also exposed a Grand Canyon-sized chasm that now separates how the left and the right see America today. To wit:View
Under ordinary circumstances, open dissent from high-ranking military officials, retired and active, against the actions of civilian political leaders would signal a danger familiar to other countries. Such rumblings from the military often indicate that constitutional freedoms are in jeopardy and that martial law, or even a coup d’etat, may be on the horizon.View
The recovery stage for our economy is finally here, and now the policy priority has to shift to getting people back on the job and getting businesses up and running. The best incentive to get businesses hiring again and get workers off unemployment is to suspend the payroll tax for the rest of the year.View
As we report in today’s edition, Linda Conlon, Oneida County’s public health officer, has apparently decided the economic hardships brought about by the Evers lockdown weren’t dire enough, so she has now adopted a policy that will surely cause even more economic damage, that is, to name businesses that were visited by persons testing positive for COVID-19.View
I was lucky enough to attend the furbearer advisory committee meeting last week. One thing I have to say with all of this “social distancing” protocol is it truly has given me the opportunity to attend several things I may not have otherwise. Whether it is logistically not viable or there are two meetings at the same time, I will admit there have always been several things I wanted to check into, whether for my own personal edification or for the newspaper, that I just simply could not get to.View
America is starting to reopen for business across the country — except for a handful of states where lockdown orders are expected to remain in place for weeks to come. With very few exceptions, the cities and states that have ordered their businesses to remain comatose and their millions of workers to go without paychecks are blue, blue, blue. This list includes New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California and Oregon. They all have Democratic governors.View
When people ask me my favorite sport to watch, I usually say football or baseball. In terms of my favorite league, college football stands on top.View
As many know, the fight against terrestrial invasive species has been heating up across the Northwoods (and other areas, of course). The Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) recently came out with its update of the non-native plant plan from 2005, targeting non-native species and putting special emphasis on some species of concern.View
Lake associations generally have slim budgets for projects to sustain or improve water quality and lake ecosystems. It’s even tougher for individual property owners to find money to take on lake enhancement projects, like a natural shoreline restorations.View
This week, NASCAR returned for the first time since March 8. The sound of roaring engines and cars zooming by delighted me as I watched on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It made me happy for a number of reasons.View
For my next adventure, I decided to sign up to do some rare plant monitoring. I though that would be a fun way to spend a day outside and get to also learn some new things. (subscriber access)View
The U.S. economy is at last moving into the recovery stage from the coronavirus, at least in most states.View
Every year I wonder why people do not go to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spring hearings. Every year I wonder why people do not make their voices heard. Even when the option came about to fill out the questionnaire online, turn out was not what I would have expected from such a passionate group of people.View
In the strongest terms we can, we endorse Tom Tiffany for Congress in next Tuesday’s election, and urge voters to cast their vote for a representative who we believe will give the Lakeland area and northern Wisconsin a strong voice in Congress — a much more spirited and forceful voice than that of any representative in recent memory.View
Lakes and rivers seem to get a lot of “press,” if you will. But wetlands do not get a lot of that attention. UW-Extension Lakes has a series of CLMN (Citizen Lake Monitoring Network) webinars on YouTube now, the most recent of which was all about those wetlands. The webinars are hour-long informational sessions about various aspects of water. (subscriber access)View
As many who read the Outdoors section of The Lakeland Times are aware, the Lakes and Rivers Convention, originally slated to happen at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Stevens Point, was turned into an online event. It was still very widely attended, and there were so many great sessions that it was still hard to decide what to attend.View
In our many years of reporting on and analyzing state government, it is hardly an understatement to say that the GOP lawsuit challenging the authority of the Evers administration to unilaterally lockdown this state for another month and contesting the sweeping powers the governor and his health services secretary claim is perhaps the most important of our lives.View
There will be no graduation festivities this spring at dozens of American colleges and universities, including Ohio State, Brigham Young, Howard, Swarthmore, Notre Dame, Duke, UCLA and Yale. That means this year’s graduates and their closest relatives and friends will not have the benefit of sitting on hard chairs and listening to the commencement speaker.View
It was with total shock, and then a heavy heart, that I read an email Monday morning from our general manager, Heather Holmes. She forwarded an email to me from Jacob Friede’s mom letting us know Jacob’s life had been taken in a boating accident last weekend. I sat, staring at the computer, unsure what to think or how to respond.View
I’ve been in a mystery mood lately and decided to revisit one of my all-time favorite movies, “Clue,” this past weekend.View
To say I love a good murder mystery would be an understatement. From the writings of Agatha Christie to modern authors, there’s something alluring about the prospect of a mystery needing to be solved and finding the clues and piecing it together as you read.View
We start with the good news, which you can find here but not in many other media outlets: COVID-19 is not nearly as dangerous as we all thought it once was, nor increasingly does it seem to be so easily transmitted.View
Before the season was suspended, the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo was having a phenomenal season. But where does he rank among current NBA stars?View
There’s nothing quite like an old favorite to lift your spirits and bring some levity to an incredibly stressful. And so, as I was sitting at home looking through some of my favorite films to revisit and do just that, I came across a film I hadn’t seen in years, but always loved.View
“Heresy” by Melissa Lenhardt is a western. There will be mayhem, shootouts and standoffs. There will be horseback races, whiskey and tired cowboys at the end of the day. Cattlerustlers who need to be set straight. The only difference? Women get all the action in this novel.View
I am like a kid in a candy store when I have a new field guide. I love them, and there are so many of them out there. Enthusiasts can find field guides dedicated to plants, animals, insects, fish and any other thing, truly, that may be of interest. A field guide to edible plants is always fun to flip through. But I have to say there are some I will likely never try. Mushrooming is huge with some people, but I do not know enough about it to feel safe just picking up a field guide and heading out into the woods.View
We’re hearing a lot as we approach the spring election about the importance of having nonpartisan redistricting after this year’s census.View
Some of the best movies find their roots in real life, and “Dark Waters” is no different.View
The evening sun dips into purple above the treetops, casting a mellow light across Birch Lake, where grandson Tucker and I, jig rods in hand, hunch over holes drilled in the ice. No one else is around. Earlier in the day, Tucker (7) walked around the edge of the lake with his mom and dad and dogs Bruce and Pizzy, while younger grandson Perrin (6) and I tended the jig rods.View
When Americans are confronting the most threatening national crisis in a generation or more, it would be uplifting to offer a few encouraging words about the president of the United States. And a few is about as many as can be offered at this point. Not only is his performance to date far below what his country needs, but he also shows no sign of having learned the lessons that might allow him to improve.View
With many Northwoods residents stuck inside, or staying home, we are all looking for more things to do at home and more ways to stay occupied. While I have always enjoyed gardening, I can say with a degree of confidence, that I am not the best at it. But I think that is part of the beauty of gardening. You do not really have to be “good” at it to enjoy it. My situation has changed over the years, meaning I have had different soil types to deal with, I have had to create gardens out of lawns and other areas, and I have, most recently, had to downsize quite a bit.View
Last Friday afternoon I sat on the lakefront screen porch, needing only a fleece for warmth, and listened as the melt water from the roof hit the leaves on the ground below. It was a lovely sound after a snow melt that had been agonizingly slow, highs in the upper 30s, low 40s at best, and back to well below freezing overnight, the decline in snow all but imperceptible.View
Throughout the history of film, there have been many movies that have meant a lot to a person, a movie that is special and brings out many emotions. For me, that movie is “How to Train Your Dragon.”View
This is a bewildering and stressful time around the world, but it was even more bewildering and stressful in Wisconsin this week as voters marched to the polls, or in many cases didn’t, to cast ballots in the state’s spring elections — elections that should have been postponed.View
Why in the world is the federal government, 20 years into the 21st century, continuing to pour tens of billions of tax dollars into little-used mass transit rail projects? In a digital age with increasingly popular and affordable door-to-door ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft, universal use of cars by all income groups and the revolution of smart driverless vehicles around the corner, subway systems and light rail are as old-fashioned as the rotary phone. The federal government and urban planners in at least 25 cities are frantically spending money to lay down tracks that, in 10 or 20 years, they will have to rip right out of the ground.View
The recent decision by Oneida County circuit judge Michael Bloom to dismiss the walking quorum complaint against Rhinelander mayor Chris Frederickson and four city aldermen is a case study demonstrating both how good-old-boy politics still dominates in Oneida County and how the state’s activist judges are, case by case, rewriting the state’s open meetings and open records laws.View
I have never been one to understand it, to be honest. People are fond of saying, “we get an extra hour of daylight!” Or “we are losing an hour of daylight!” My question is: how many hours a day do you sleep? Are you awake at all in the morning or evening? Because there really is not that much difference in the amount of daylight we get that next day. It is adjusted — with time being a construct of humanity to keep things orderly.View
First, a confession: I really like presidential debates. Why, you ask? Because these debates give us voters the chance to watch and evaluate the candidates while they stand shoulder-to-shoulder and have to answer the same questions. Away from their carefully orchestrated campaign events, without their teleprompters or an audience of planted, friendly supporters, candidates in a debate are under pressure and facing criticism from both opponents and moderators.View
As we report today, the Minocqua town board recently fired public works employee Mark Heil after only about a week as a full-time employee, though he had been employed part-time since last October. Specifically, Heil was fired for using a town front-end loader to plow a private driveway on Church Road, in violation of town policy.View
There’s an old saying about baseball and life that no one ever had a 1.000 batting average. It turns out that’s not exactly true. At least when it comes to the Trump economy, anti-Trumpers defied the near-impossible statistical odds and somehow have batted 1.000 on their predictions. They managed to get it wrong every time.View
The power of the president to grant pardons as stated in the Constitution is unconditional, as President Donald Trump has observed. But as he prepares to bestow that favor on Roger Stone and perhaps other felons who have protected him, someone should advise him that a corrupt pardon is nevertheless a crime that can be prosecuted, if not overturned.View
At a recent county public hearing to consider a hotel project planned for Hwy. 51 where once stood the Bay View Inn and a laundromat, the project’s developer, Glenn Schiffmann, who was obviously exasperated, said what many in the room must have been thinking: There’s just too much government. We agree with Mr. Schiffmann and we are just as exasperated.View
In the seven presidential elections since 1992, the Republican presidential nominee has won the popular vote exactly once. The lone GOP candidate to receive a majority of the national vote was George W. Bush in 2004. Bush’s election-day victory over Democrat John Kerry, who had, in most observers’ views, “won” the debates between the two, was explained by the respected Democratic pollster Peter Hart: “Voters preferred I Like over IQ.”View
The Republican and Democratic primaries for the seventh congressional district are Tuesday — the winners will face each other in May to determine who replaces Republican Sean Duffy as our representative in Congress — and in both parties the choice is straightforward and clear. On the Republican side, we believe voters should nominate Northwoods state Sen. Tom Tiffany as the best candidate for northern Wisconsin.View
As on the Republican side, the Democratic primary for the seventh congressional district this coming Tuesday — the winners will face each other in May to determine who replaces Republican Sean Duffy as our representative in Congress — offers a clear choice. That choice is Tricia Zunker, the president of the Wausau school board and an associate justice on the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court.View
In a story in last Friday’s edition, Minocqua town chairman Mark Hartzheim was quoted as saying he could not remember roads being in as poor a shape as they are right now. He’s not alone. Everyone knows it. Everyone talks and complains about it. The problem is, no one is doing much about it.View
After President Trump finished his triumphant State of the Union speech Tuesday night, House speaker Nancy Pelosi did something no one was anticipating: She stood up and ripped apart the printed copy of the speech, calling it a manifesto of untruths.View
President Donald Trump rightly touts the economy-wide savings from his deregulation initiatives. But one federal agency didn’t get the memo. Some members of the Surface Transportation Board, which has oversight over the nation’s network of freight railroads, wants to resurrect price controls on the industry.View
It’s a rough start to the year 2020. Politically, the nation, at least its major media, seems to be consumed by ongoing attempts to remove President Trump from office, and, in general, political polarization has reached ever new heights around the world, from Brexit in Britain to Hong Kong protests.View
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, President Donald Trump again talked positively about negative interest rates. That’s not a very good idea considering negative interest rates are a warning signal of deflation, which can be as bad for an economy as runaway inflation.View
For those who wanted Oneida County to borrow up to $2 million from the state Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) to fund some pretty important capital improvement projects, Tuesday was a bitter blow to their big-government dreams.View
Almost all of us know (because President Trump boasts of it in nearly every speech) that our 3.5% unemployment rate has reached a 50-year low. But this official decline in joblessness doesn’t tell the entire story of the improvement in the job market in the United States. And it doesn’t fully capture the change in direction between what happened under President Barack Obama and Trump.View
Over the holidays, I read Elton John’s biography, “Me.” He writes about his friendship with Freddie Mercury, the ultratalented lead singer of the rock group Queen. Mercury tragically died of AIDS at the age of 45 in 1991. Mercury was one of the last people to die of the disease in Britain during the epidemic years.View
It was a sweet and important win for the average person and for accountability when, as we report in today’s edition, cable giant CNN agreed last week to settle a defamation suit filed by Kentucky high school student Nick Sandmann, who counterpunched against the network for painting him as a racist.View