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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.

If that’s the case, northern Wisconsin is in deep trouble as long as Tony Evers is governor. For, while he hasn’t been able to deliver a knockout blow to our head yet, his administration so far has used our region as a punching bag, popping us with focused punches, the accumulation of which could cause serious injury that will linger long after he is gone.

The trouble is, the lighter hits don’t get as much public attention as the big ones, and so the governor has a chance to punish us with small smacks over the next three years and maybe more.

Let us look at the barrage of jabs that has already come our way.

Just this week, the governor announced the funding of 64.5 new assistant district attorney positions, and once again he slighted northern and rural Wisconsin in egregious fashion, so he could give more political goodies to his Democratic base.

For example, the county of Milwaukee will get three new positions, though a Legislative Audit Bureau workload assessment indicated that Milwaukee already has 115 percent of the positions it needs. Other Democratic areas scored well, too: La Crosse picked up two positions, as did Wood County.

And Dane County gets a new position, though its staffing rate is 85%, among the highest in the state.

Northern Wisconsin and rural areas aren’t so lucky under the governor’s plan. Oneida and Vilas counties get no new positions, though Oneida County’s staffing rate is only 56% and Vilas County’s is 70%.

It should be noted that, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau last May, the Oneida County district attorney did not request new position authority for some reason. Who knows why, but that should not have prevented the governor from providing staffing where staffing is needed.

The governor also took away positions the Legislature had recommended for Monroe and Manitowoc counties, which are staffed at 41% and 51% of need.

All totaled, according to Republican Rep. John Nygren, Evers vetoed the Legislature’s county-by-county allocation for 35 of 65 new positions in the budget and instead allowed unelected bureaucrats to determine the distribution of new prosecutors.

Those prosecutors are not unimportant in rural and northern Wisconsin. While Milwaukee County may have a far higher crime rate, our region is struggling with heroin and methamphetamine epidemics. By ignoring the needs of all but the strongest Democratic strongholds, the governor is putting the public’s health at risk.

His constant slaps to the North are not only endangering future prosperity but our very lives, as surely if he was a boxer punching our heads constantly.

The is just the latest example. When he first took office, the governor appointed an economic development advisory team that was loaded with Madison and Milwaukee viewpoints. During the budget process, he attempted to impose a gas tax that would have been devastating to the northern region.

His budget overall was a disaster to the Northwoods. Evers vetoed a $250,000 grant for Lakeland STAR School/Academy, biennial funding for FAB labs, which are critical in rural areas, and a Department of Workforce Development grant to Northcentral Technical College for workforce training in county jail facilities.

Also in the recent state budget debate, after legislative Republicans inserted a one-time $90 million appropriation into the budget specifically for local roads, Evers, through a partial veto, slashed the funding from $90 million to $75 million and removed language that restricted the use of the money.

While that shenanigan was later tempered somewhat, Evers’s intention — as well as his other budget moves — was declarative of his contempt for northern and rural Wisconsin. As was his appointment of four people from Milwaukee to his administration’s most important cabinet posts: the Department of Administration, the Department of Corrections, and, shockingly, the Department of Natural Resources and of Tourism.

During the last administration, we often criticized Gov. Scott Walker for not listening enough to the north and of channeling economic development dollars to southeastern Wisconsin. That criticism was well deserved.

By comparison, however, Scott Walker was benign and perhaps even benevolent next to Ever’s head-jarring policies. At least Mr. Walker just mostly ignored us, while Evers is the boxer in the ring, throwing punches to our head every chance he gets.

Our northern and rural lawmakers are at least being vocal about this bias, to their credit, and that was no less the case after Evers’s announcements about the assistant district attorney positions this week. The Legislature is trying to curb the worst of the excesses and biases, but a powerful governor is still able to inflict damage.

The criticism doesn’t seem to phase the governor anyway. The only thing that seems to us to be a viable way to stop the pounding is the next election, and constant exposure of the bias between now and then.

It’s not too soon to start preparing, if we can just bob and weave enough over the next three years.

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No sports: Now what do I do

No games to cover and no professional sports to watch. As sports reporter at The Lakeland Times, I miss the games and the action. But I’ve stayed busy in the day-to-day activities.

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The challenges of distance metings

Like many people, I have attended a variety of online meetings lately. What has been the most interesting, over the course of the last week, was participation.

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Book review: ‘Monday’s Not Coming’

What would you do if one day, out of the blue, your best friend just ... disappeared? Without a trace, without so much as a message or a text?

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Draft day buzz: Packers should look at receiver

The NFL Draft is one of the last avenues to improvement of one’s team in the offseason. The Packers will look to use their picks to fill in the gaps of their team.

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Book review: ‘By The Way’

People are busy these days, rarely finding time to themselves. The short “By The Way” devotional radio segment, broadcast throughout the United States and beyond, changes that for those who chose to listen.

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The unsung heroes

Congress passed and the president signed a $2 trillion “stimulus” bill.

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Book review: ‘Heresy’

“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.

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Retro Rewind: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ captures the heart

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.”

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Gray to white

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.

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Because the state of Wisconsin said you can

With everything changing in our lives, seemingly by the day, it is comforting to know we can still do things to bring a touch of normalcy to our lives. As of this writing, and I for one expect it will continue, we can all still go fishing.

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Free agency frenzy: Packers off to good start

The Packers’ 2019 season had a little bit of everything — exciting games, fun players, close finishes and a playoff run. Now that free agency has mostly come and gone, have the Packers improved?

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A great guide to growing my own food

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.

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What the pandemic tells us

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.

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What matters

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.

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‘Dark Waters’ a riveting depiction of a real-life tragedy

Some of the best movies find their roots in real life, and “Dark Waters” is no different.

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Right now, a time for shared sacrifice

These are tough times, and in tough times Americans unite.

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What to do, what to do

For a day or two, it would be easy to pretend it was just too cold, or too rainy, and we did not want to go anywhere or do anything.

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Not wasting a serious crisis

My sainted mother was a public school teacher until she married my father and immediately, as a married woman, was forced by local Massachusetts rules then in force to leave the classroom.

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A glimmer of light in a Dark State

Of all the Sunshine Weeks we have covered, this is simultaneously one of the most discouraging ones and one of the best ones.

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Through the ice

It can be tricky getting a kid hooked on fishing. It’s all about action — number of bites, not size of the fish. Take a kid out and catch nothing, the kid equates fishing with boredom.

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Democrats escalate war on northern Wisconsin

What’s worse than a bureaucrat?

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Gov. Evers: Putting the partisan back into nonpartisan

We’re hearing a lot as we approach the spring election about the importance of having nonpartisan redistricting after this year’s census.

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We all have a favorite field guide

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.

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A modest proposal

Clean Boat Clean Waters education is the cornerstone of aquatic invasive species prevention in our state. It’s great as far as it goes. Does it go far enough?

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Learn to love the wet

I should have written this column a month ago, since February 2 was World Wetlands Day. The topic is also timely because the Oneida County Board on February 18 voted to reduce the setback for grading near wetlands from 15 feet to 5 feet.

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Daylight Savings Time

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.

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Mass Transit Is Making Gridlock Worse

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.

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Michael Bloom’s Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

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.

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Our View: Personal use of Minocqua town equipment raises important questions

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.

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Improving debates

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.

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Trump’s corrupt pardons

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.

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Trump’s critics on the economy: So wrong, so often

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.

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Revolutionary Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders leads the race for the Democratic nomination.  He may become America’s first self-described “democratic socialist” president.

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Our View: Too much government equals no prosperity

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.

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Will we like Mike?

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.”

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Zunker would best represent Democrats in 7th district race

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.

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For the GOP, Tiffany is the clear choice

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.

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Crumbling roads and Tony Holes represent failure at all levels of government

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.

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Don’t regulate the rail industry

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.

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Shredding the myths of the Democratic Party

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.

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Our View: Shredding the myths of the Democratic Party

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.

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The economy’s unsung hero is low interest rates

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.

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The silver linings of the human journey

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.

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Working hard versus hardly working

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.

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Our View: Oneida Board deserves praise for refusal to borrow money

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.

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In defense of Iowa

We have reached that time in every presidential nominating year when distinguished, national opinion leaders beat up on Iowa and that admirable state’s influential role in determining the two major parties’ eventual presidential nominees and, therefore, the next president.

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Opinion: Why does Washington demonize drug companies?

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.

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Opinion: Licensed to fail

People who want to work should be allowed to work. That includes people who once went to jail.  With President Donald Trump’s support, Congress spends your money giving ex-cons “employment assistance.”

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Our View: Kentucky student backs down cable's Goliath

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.

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The danger of a chaos presidency

What President Donald Trump said to the nation about the prospect of war with Iran impressed many listeners far less than the way he said it — or slurred it. Unlike the manipulated video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made her appear drunk, Trump delivered a live speech that made him sound impaired.

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Opinion: Try to remember...

Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime?

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Our View: A plea for policy, please

Remember the good old days when politicians talked about policy?  It seems like such a long time ago, but back in the day elections actually turned on what policy positions candidates took, and whether incumbents had lived up to their promises.

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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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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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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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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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