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How I became a Packers fan


Living in Minnesota my whole life, I get a common question as a sports fan: Why are you a Packers fan? While I can answer this in a number of ways, I have one simple answer.

Growing up and still to this day, my parents are split on their teams. My dad is a Vikings fan and my mom is a Packers fan. I have no recollection if either of them tried to recruit me to join their side as a kid. I started to watch football with them and picked my own team.

Long story short, I became a Packers fan because of Brett Favre. As a seven-year-old kid, I thought it was so cool a professional athlete had the same first name as me, let alone someone as good as Favre. So I said to myself, “that’s my favorite team.” 

Later out I found out my name is not uncommon and there are numerous “Bretts” in the sporting world. While I still thought it was cool, nobody touched Favre. He was my first favorite athlete and to this day, is still my favorite athlete.

I loved Favre. I soon had his jersey and other memorabilia about him. I had books and posters and other collectibles. I even had a Fathead of him in my room. He was my idol.

Plus, as you all know, he was a pretty good player. I remember him slinging it around the football field, leading the Packers to victory. He was fun to watch as a kid and I loved to watch him play on Sundays.

Once I chose the Packers as my favorite team, I realized a couple of other things I liked about the team. I liked their uniforms and the simple and classic look they had to them. I love the “G” gold helmet. It always jumped off the television and let me know the Packers were playing.

I liked Lambeau Field, the tradition, the coaches and the players on the team. The Packers were just cooler than most of the teams in the NFL, particularly the Vikings. 

Soon after Favre, I learned about their past and loved to hear how we won the first two Super Bowls. I thought Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi were legends.

I quickly learned of other favorite players such as Donald Driver, Al Harris, Javon Walker, Ahman Green and others. These were all players I grew up with and loved. They were larger than life and pretty cool.

The other fun part of this is I get to cheer on the Packers with my mom, something we’ve bonded over for years.

The funny part to the story is I liked Favre so much, I at one point said I would only cheer for the team that Favre was on. If Favre were to switch to another team, that team would be my new favorite team. 

When Favre retired, then un-retired and joined the Jets, I realized I couldn’t abandon the green and gold. I was way too invested in the Packers and could not switch favorite teams. I loved Favre, but not enough to change teams.

It hurt when Favre changed teams. I didn’t understand why he would do that. I still cheered for him and wanted him to have success. He was the reason I cheered for the Packers in the first place. 

Then when Favre went to the Vikings in 2009, I was so sad. Not only was he not playing for the Packers, but for the rival Vikings. Since I lived in Minnesota, I got to watch every single Vikings game and it wasn’t easy seeing him in another jersey. I still liked Favre, but watched with saddened eyes.

As time has gone by, I’m so happy of my decision to cheer for the Packers. I’ve gotten to watch new favorite players like Clay Matthews, Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and Charles Woodson. I love the way this organization is run and how different it is from the rest of the league.

That difference comes from the fact that the fans essentially own the team. They are shareholders and can own a piece of stock of the Packers. I’m happy to say I’m a shareholder myself, owning a piece of Packers’ history. It’s pretty cool to say I’m an NFL owner … kinda.

Yes I am a Packers fan and a proud one. It all started with Favre. I love to watch the green and gold and will always chant Go Pack Go. 

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]


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Help (urgently) needed: US Head of State

The American president, in addition to serving as commander in chief, is expected to be this nation’s consoler in chief, as well as the nation’s teacher and even preacher. Who alive on Jan. 28, 1986, does not remember the words of then-President Ronald Reagan from the Oval Office following the explosion of the Challenger that killed all seven astronauts on board, seen live on television by millions?

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Our View: Beware the clusters

This past month we have been awash in various studies abut the efficacy of industrial clusters — those focused government efforts to provide tax breaks and other financial incentives sufficient to boost a particular industry in a particular place — so it’s time to weigh in about the potential effects of these clusters on northern Wisconsin.

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The fed monopoly shouldn’t compete with private banks

If there is any lesson we have learned about the Federal Reserve system in the last few years, it is that the supposed oracles who run our central bank are anything but infallible.

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Politics in the spirit

The spirit of goodwill can take us by surprise this season, without respect to religion (or even politics). And while such a moment may not quite become an epiphany, it can still make us think again about our lives and times. Which is what happened to me over the weekend before Christmas.

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Heraclitus was right

Although I qualify for the senior discount at the movies, even I’m not old enough to have met Heraclitus, the wise Greek who lived some 25 centuries ago and whom we can thank for the timeless wisdom “Character is destiny.” Here in Washington, one elected national leader commands the affection and the respect of her constituents.

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Our View: ’Tis the season for liberal folly

Actually, it’s always the season for liberal folly, but these cheerless folks have given us a bounty during this holiday, for their single issue — impeachment — is a gift to conservatives that likely will keep on giving right through next November.

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A cheer for the Trump uranium plan

Our sources are telling us that President Trump is nearing a decision on how to revive the all-but-dormant American uranium industry. This proposed plan would create a reserve of domestically mined uranium stored in a “Federal Uranium Security Stockpile.” One option on the table is for the Department of Defense to purchase uranium through the 1950 Defense Production Act. 

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Will Republicans risk a rigged trial?

When President Donald Trump’s defenders aren’t simply lying about the House impeachment inquiry — it all happened in a Capitol Hill basement with no Republicans present, as one of his lawyers told National Public Radio — they complain about the lack of firsthand witnesses to presidential abuse. They assume nobody will notice that Trump himself forbid any testimony by those with the most direct knowledge of his attempts to extort Ukraine.

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The case against socialism

Sen. Rand Paul just wrote a book, “The Case Against Socialism.”  I thought that case was already decided, since socialist countries failed so spectacularly. But the idea hasn’t died, especially amongst the young.

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Experience Wisconsin this holiday season

As we approach the new year, I have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.  

As you likely know, it is the mission of the Department of Tourism to inspire travelers to experience Wisconsin.

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Our View: If only we could purge the state bureaucracy

It’s almost — almost — hard to remember all the abuses enacted against the people of Wisconsin more than a decade ago by the administrative state during the regime of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle and his bureaucratic allies.

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The inspector general brings the truth

Whenever President Donald Trump is caught doing wrong, he answers with categorical denial and a fervent claim that he was wronged. Almost since the day he won election in November 2016, that is how Trump and his minions in politics and media have sought to obscure the glaring and indecent fact that he was sponsored by a Russian dictator who remains deeply hostile to our country.

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Stand up for the U.S., stand up for the North

The Trump administration reached a deal with House Democrats this week over a new trade agreement to replace the dreaded NAFTA, and, assuming the deal holds up and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is ratified, it deserves two cheers.

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Congress must stop subsidizing wealthy car buyers

Why are Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi teaming together to lobby for a tax bill that would provide about 80% of the benefits to Americans who make more than $100,000 a year?

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The forgotten debt

Congress and the media obsess endlessly over whether President Donald Trump should be impeached.  Both ignore $23 trillion of bigger problems.

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Conspiracies, imaginary and real

Nobody on Capitol Hill rants more fervently about imaginary conspiracies than Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and devoted congressional promoter of Trumpian nonsense. 

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Oneida County should not borrow any money this year

Oneida County has a big decision to make, and taxpayers should look closely at what they choose to do.

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Congress bans short-term lending;the poor pay a high price

Washington do-goodism almost always fails to help the people it is supposed to because politicians ignore the Law of Unintended Consequences. Nowhere is that more evident than when it comes to a congressional plan to put payday lenders and other short-term lending institutions, such as the burgeoning online lenders, out of business.

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Hollywood socialism

Hollywood is now obsessing about increasing ethnic and gender diversity. Good. There’s been nasty racial and gender discrimination in the movie business.  Unfortunately, Hollywood has no interest in one type of diversity: diversity of thought. 

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Time past for Democrats to get real on health care

In listening to the Democratic presidential debates, we might conclude that “Medicare for All” is a legislative possibility. It is not, and any presidential candidate with a scintilla of self-respect must admit that fact.

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Our View: A new day dawns

Only a week ago we opined in these pages about the terrible state of open government in the Northwoods, in Wisconsin, and indeed across the entire country. We wrote then that open government was in trouble, with a capital T, and we still believe it is.

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Climate myths

“How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood!” insisted teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction!” 

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Open government is in big trouble, with a capital T

We begin this week by quoting the words of the immortal Harold Hill in “The Music Man”: “Friend, either you’re closing your eyes To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated …. Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City.” Well, to echo the fictional professor Hill, we’ve got big trouble in Wisconsin, and it’s worse and later than most people think.

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Trump needs Tax Cut 2.0

Every single plausible Democratic candidate for president has endorsed tax increases as a centerpiece of their economic agenda. Think about what we are hearing from Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and the rest of the “Punch and Judy” show: new wealth taxes, carbon taxes, energy taxes, higher death and income taxes with rates up to 70%. Payroll taxes would rise to pay for Social Security benefit expansions and Medicare for All.

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Mandatory shortages

Governments create problems. Then they complain about them.

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Is he their president or ours?

Instead of watching Fox News, which manufactures heroic propaganda about President Donald Trump, Republican voters could learn much more from seeing a few hours of Russian television. It is on shows broadcast from Moscow and St. Petersburg where the truth about the Trump administration can be heard.

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Our View: Oneida County: One small step for taxpayers, a giant leap for nobody

Oneida County approved a 2020 budget this week that, when it comes to the property tax levy, was pretty benign.

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The Post and liberal media again get it wrong about Trump economy

First, a full admission about this article: I originally sent a version of it to The Washington Post for publication, but for reasons that will become obvious as you read on, they rejected it.

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Mike Pompeo was definitely not a Marine officer

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has impressive credentials: He graduated third in his class from Los Amigos High School in California’s Orange County before winning an appointment from his congressman — “B-1 Bob” Dornan, a conservative remembered for his unstinting support for the California-built U.S. supersonic aircraft — to the United States Military Academy.

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Nancy Pelosi’s stall tactics hurt America’s economy

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if for one brief shining moment in Washington, Congress put good policy over politics — and passed a bill that would benefit American workers, investors and businesses?

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Our View: For Evers and Democrats, it’s all about power and money

The Democratic Party has not functioned as a serious policy organization for a long time now, and this week’s political stunt — otherwise known as Tony Evers’ special session to address gun violence — only proves the point.

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Set money free

House members summoned Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to Washington, D.C., and grilled him — harshly — about his plan to create a new currency, Libra.

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Quiet eloquence of example

The 1994 funeral of former Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill was truly memorable. To the same North Cambridge, Mass., church, St. John the Evangelist — where O’Neill was baptized as an infant and had married his beloved Millie — came two former U.S. Presidents, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, scores of senators and members of congress. But more important to O’Neill, also filling the pews were nurses, waitresses, firefighters and nuns.

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Our View: Living with eyes closed, Schiek misunderstands all he sees

Once again, Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has delivered an open meetings decision that is impressive in its lack of clarity, a mangled mishmash of gobbledygook that is epic in its unintelligibility and abstruseness.

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Trump economy surges, Biden and Obama hog the credit

Joe Biden is at it again — living in his own parallel universe. The same former vice president who says that his son Hunter was hired by a Ukrainian oil and gas company because of his expertise in energy policy is now claiming President Donald Trump has “squandered” the strong Obama economy he inherited.

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Ending wars

Four years ago, the media were talking about a “Libertarian Moment.”  I had high hopes!

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Now Republicans hate the rules they made

Congressional Republicans don’t want to debate President Donald Trump’s attempt to extort political prosecutions of Americans from Ukraine — and given the damning facts emerging every day, their reluctance is understandable, if not honorable.

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Washington subsidies not helping the wind industry

Last week, the lobbying arm of the wind energy industry made an unsurprising, though somewhat embarrassing, announcement. It wants a longer lifeline with federal subsidies. So much for wind being the low-cost energy source of the future.

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Better than a loan

Student loan debt keeps growing.  There is a better solution than the ones politicians offer, which stick the taxpayer or the loan lenders with the whole bill and it’s called an “income share agreement.”

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Our View: In budget hearings, Fried shines; others kick a brewing crisis down the road

As Oneida County gets ready to take up its 2020 draft budget next month, it’s clear that most Oneida County supervisors, with a few notable exceptions such as supervisor Billy Fried, are just content to ignore all the fiscal red flags around them.

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Our View: For once, a wise decision

Perhaps it was the exception that proves the rule, but this past week the Oneida County Board of Supervisors made a wise decision — for once — when it rejected an outright prohibition on mining on county-owned lands.

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Trump’s new mouthpiece

On the same day the White House plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis by refusing to provide witnesses or documents to House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry, word leaked of a new member on the Trump legal defense team.

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Domestic and foreign wars

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is controversial within her party.  She says the U.S. should talk to its enemies. She was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

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Our View: State, federal transit rules need immediate overhaul

As our reporting over the past several weeks makes clear to us, the area’s Northwoods Transit Commission is doing everything it can to put private-sector transportation companies out of business.

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What the presidential candidates are missing: economic growth

While running for president in 1960, John F. Kennedy campaigned against the moderate growth economy (2.5% annual GDP rise) in the last years of the Eisenhower administration. He appealed to Americans’ highest aspirations by saying in his typical Boston drawl: “We can do bettah.”

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Smearing Joe Biden, 2016 style

Not only is Joe Biden innocent of any wrongdoing in Ukraine — as almost every legitimate news organization now acknowledges — but his actions concerning his son’s business interests there were precisely the opposite of the smears launched against him by the Trump campaign.

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Our View: The confiscation of democracy, and of freedom itself

Several weeks ago, we reported on new initiatives planned by Democrats to, well, confiscate every law-abiding citizens’ guns, or at least every gun they can get their hands on.

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Stop blocking us!

I now make my living by releasing short videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  I assumed you who subscribed to my feed or became Facebook “friends” would receive that video every Tuesday.

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‘Stop scaring the children’

A friend of mine’s third grade daughter came home from school a few weeks ago with tears streaming down her cheeks. “My teacher says we only have 10 years before the oceans rise and we are underwater,” she moaned. “Are we all going to die?” That’s a heavy burden to place on the shoulders of a 9-year-old.

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The politics of accountability

In comments made at this week’s Rhinelander city council meeting, Oneida County Economic Development Corporation executive director Stacey Johnson offered up a full-throated defense of city council member and former Oneida County detective sergeant Ryan Rossing, who has been enmeshed in issues surrounding honesty and secrecy, including litigation about an alleged walking quorum stemming from a complaint by this newspaper.

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How to run an impeachment inquiry

Americans have good reason to suspect Donald Trump of committing various and serious crimes, but they have no immediate means to hold him accountable. Rising frustration over this malefactor’s impunity was only exacerbated by the latest House Judiciary Committee hearings, which featured two empty chairs and an insolent, prevaricating witness named Corey Lewandowski.

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Renewable energy will only be possible with massive increases in the supply of critical minerals

The recent threats by Beijing to cut off American access to critical mineral imports has many Americans wondering why our politicians have allowed the United States to become so overly dependent on China for these valued resources in the first place.

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Our View: Under Evers, the accumulation of pain

When it comes to brain injuries, it is said that the accumulation of small hits to the head are actually more damaging than concussions in causing neurodegenerative disease, and the same might be said of political and economic injury, that the accumulation of small slights can be more devastating to a region’s prosperity than one major political assault.

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Good news

I rarely watch cable news anymore. It’s all hysteria, all the time.

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Giuliani unmasked

Eighteen years ago, on a terrible day every American then living remembers too well, Rudolph Giuliani earned respect for his calm, inspiring and unifying leadership of a wounded New York City. Too much has happened since then to feel anything but disappointment in him, but on this year’s 9/11 anniversary, the man once known as “America’s Mayor” descended to a new and ominous low.

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Better schools

With most services, you get to shop around, but rarely can you do that with government-run schools. Philadelphia mom Elaine Wells was upset to learn that there were fights every day in the school her son attended. So she walked him over to another school.

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Politics as it should be practiced

Back when Richard Nixon was president, a Washington saloon five minutes’ walk from the White House named the Class Reunion was the go-to watering hole where press, politicians and real people could rub and bend elbows. To be candid, I was a regular at “the CR,” as it was called, but frankly went there more for the uniquely bipartisan conversation and good-natured needling, which were the hallmarks of the place.

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Democrats once again embrace population control to save the planet

Is the left once again embracing Malthusian population control in order to save the planet?

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Is Trump playing with a full deck?

Over the past few weeks, Donald Trump has previewed his campaign against Joe Biden, still apparently the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2020. “Joe isn’t playing with a full deck of cards,” barked Trump with his usual grace and originality, after the former vice president said something awkward about “poor kids” and “white kids.”

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It’s time for Oneida County taxpayers to be very concerned

This week, as we report in today’s edition, The Times has filed an open-meetings complaint against two supervisors, Robb Jensen and Jack Sorensen, for what we believe to be talking out of turn at a recent meeting, in which they took it upon themselves to plug a new $10-million-plus expense for county taxpayers, namely, a new county highway department facility.

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Natural gas, America’s Wonder Fuel

One of the many idiocies of the “Green New Deal” and other such anti-fossil fuel crusades is that all of this arrives on the political scene at a time when the price of producing energy from fossil fuels is lower than at any time before in human history.

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Oneida County’s Famine Follies

Back about 1740, when a potato famine hit Ireland, a prominent philanthropist in the Irish village of Maynooth decided to do something good for starving village farmers: she put them to work building a gigantic and ornate stone structure, and paid them by giving them food for free.

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Bad law keeps people poor

Why does most of Africa stay poor while other parts of the world prosper?  

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Our View: Oneida County must demand public answers from Teichmiller

The long anticipated audit of the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission is in, and, as expected, the company performing the audit, known Wipfli, found no condemnations or misconduct that would result in blaring headlines.

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Trump’s promise

President Donald Trump promised he’d get rid of bad rules.  “Remove the anchor dragging us down!” he said when campaigning for president. “We’re going to cancel every needless job-killing regulation!” 

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Climate change is no party

Mr. Moore got it both right and wrong in his column “Partying like there’s no tomorrow.” He got it right, that a lot of rich people hastening to hold a meeting on an island in their private jets and yachts appears hypocritical when their mode of transportation burns so much more fossil fuel than do average people’s cars. However, he got his “alternative facts” wrong on climate change. 

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Reducing mass violence — Let’s focus on the real problem

There is a palpable sense of frustration in the nation after two more mass shootings with more than 30 deaths, this time in Texas and Ohio.

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Sending an SOS to the Federal Reserve

To keep the economy from a further growth slowdown, the Fed must inject more dollar liquidity into the global economy — immediately. 

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No, Mr. President, not both sides

After the massacres in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, we watched Donald Trump, the president who spends most of his time on social media to divide and polarize America, speak up for national unity and an end to “destructive partisanship.” From the White House he issued a statement condemning white supremacy and bigotry as “evil.” And even if his voice droned as he read the teleprompter, people wanted to believe he meant what he said.

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Partying like there’s no tomorrow

Back in the day, when kids caught their parents doing something those parents had told them it was wrong for people to do, the parents had a ready answer: “Don’t do as we do,” the thundering command would come. “Do as we say do!”

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Why the Fed shouldn’t compete with private banks

Do we want the U.S. Federal Reserve Board to operate as a commercial bank — and compete with our private banking system? The Fed apparently wants to, and it’s a policy shift that could greatly expand the mission of the Fed.

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Stupid news

“Fake news!” shouts the president. His supporters cheer. 

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Free stuff!

Never before have presidential candidates offered voters so much “free” stuff. 

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In vaccination debate, pro-vax media needs to be honest

For some time now, those who question the nation’s vaccination schedule — the potential for some 69 recommended doses by the age of 18, with sometimes as many as five vaccines at once for young children — have pointed to the nation’s vaccine court and its staggering compensation numbers to prove that vaccinations can have deadly effects.

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Opinion: Democrats, get out of your own way

Robert Mueller’s testimony disappointed anyone seeking drama, but his performance isn’t the problem. What keeps congressional Democrats from fulfilling their constitutional duty to confront a lawless president is their own political inertia.

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Opinion: ‘Who’s afraid of cryptocurrencies?’

Finally, we seem to have a bipartisan consensus in Washington. Both parties are terrified of new private money, and they want to regulate it out of existence. The near universal fear and loathing by government officials of these so-called cryptocurrencies is all the more reason they should exist.  

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Opinion: Wages war

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was recently disrupted by campaign workers demanding the same $15 per hour Sanders demands government force all employers to pay. 

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Opinion: Take note — Property owners have a new way to fight government takings

Even though they went to great lengths in their decision to downplay its ramifications, the U.S. Supreme Court made a historic ruling earlier this month that governments must pay property owners before they take their property, or at the time they do so, or they have violated the property owner’s constitutional rights.

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Opinion: Who hates America?

Nobody expects Donald Trump to speak the truth about himself or his opponents anymore. To support him requires a suspension of disbelief that is impressive in a misbegotten way.

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Gagging investigators

Recording events from public land shouldn’t be a crime.

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Oneida County should listen to its bureaucrats*

No, we haven’t gone crazy — readers will notice that there is an asterisk on the headline. The asterisk is: As a general rule, that’s a terribly bad idea. However, in reading surveys about the county’s fiscal future turned in by Oneida County department heads, it turns out they have some good ideas, here and there.

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Ross Perot, truly one of a kind

As someone who was lucky enough to cover the 1992 presidential campaign — involving Republican incumbent President George W. Bush, Democratic challenger Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and the independent maverick, Texas billionaire businessman Ross Perot — from start to finish, allow me to make one semi-important point: Perot was not at all like anybody else who would, allegedly as a billionaire businessman, run for the White House as the GOP nominee — successfully — in 2016.

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Opinions: Political cartooning was murdered. Here’s the autopsy

A century ago, newspapers employed more than 2,000 full-time editorial cartoonists. Today, there are fewer than 25. In the United States, political cartooning as we know it is dead. If you draw them for a living and you have any brains, you’re working in a different field or looking for an exit.

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Evers, you’re wrong and you lied

In signing the new state budget, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed out grants totaling $250,000 over the next biennium for the Lakeland STAR School/Academy. (Full disclosure: Gregg Walker is the publisher of The Lakeland Times and is president of the Lakeland STAR governance board.)

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Government bullies

The city of Dunedin, Fla., wants Jim Ficken’s home.  Ficken’s mom died, so he went to South Carolina to take care of her estate. He asked a friend to look after his house.  But then the friend died, and no one cut Ficken’s grass. When it grew to 10 inches, Dunedin officials started fining him $500 a day.  The fine is now about $30,000. 

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Busing, no; school choice, yes

In the first Democratic presidential debates, Sen. Kamala Harris of California defended forced busing back in the 1970s as a civil rights triumph and criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for racial insensitivity for once opposing the policy.

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Opinions: ‘It’s the spending, stupid!’

The Congressional Budget Office has just released its mid-year update on the federal fiscal situation, and it portends a debt avalanche. But don’t bother to tell Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren that. They’re busy advocating tens of trillions of dollars in new federal spending.

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Unintended consequence of summer of ’19

At least three score years ago, my savvy precinct committeewoman impressed upon me an immutable political truth: Every election is not about the candidate(s); no, every election is about the voters ... and about the future. I’m relieved that my precinct committeewoman was not around to hear the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates spend four hours of network TV time talking about each other and about themselves and very little about the voters.

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Opinions: In DPI case, Rebecca Bradley hits the mark

It’s always nice to have a conservative state Supreme Court — that’s elected, by the way — to serve as a check on other, more liberal elected officials, notably our governor, and, far too often, the GOP-dominated Legislature.

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Appeals court should end Oneida County pier regulations once and for all

Oneida County is without peers when it comes to zoning overregulation, and it most certainly is without peers when it comes to regulating piers — it is one of the only Wisconsin counties to do so, if not the only one.

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Moral capitalism

Presidential candidates and the media keep telling people “it’s immoral” that a few rich people have so much more money than everyone else.  They talk as if it doesn’t matter what the rich did to get the money. Instead, the fact that they are rich is itself immoral. 

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Time to get off the transit-go-round

And around and around they go, the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission and the Oneida County Board of Supervisors. Oneida County supervisors keep asking questions, the transit commission keeps resisting (though it claims otherwise), then Oneida County supervisors vote to allow them to borrow money anyway, even though they are not sure the transit operation is functional or even on the up-and-up. Then they do it all over again the very next year. What a carnival.

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