Editorial

There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission, which is dominated by his appointees, study the health effects of wind turbines. His transparent intention is to continue stalling on development of this renewable energy source, which is opposed by the real-estate sector and producers of dirty energy, including Koch Industries and Exxon Mobil. Those industries have bestowed Walker with beaucoup bucks and, as he’s proven time and again, he’s not about to let the state do anything counter to their interests on his watch — not even for the best interests of Wisconsinites.

It's time to unite again, Wisconsin!

Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:35

For more than a century, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other corporate-right groups have been trying to eliminate labor unions. Corporate chieftains fear that by negotiating fair wages, safe workplace conditions and benefits for workers, unions reduce their profits. They fail to consider that unions might increase their profits by providing them with better-trained and more committed workers.

Plan to drug test the poor is senseless

Friday, 30 January 2015 02:14

Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Wisconsin Republicans threw some red meat to their tea party supporters with a proposal to require recipients of public aid to pass drug tests. The law, which Walker touted during his gubernatorial campaign, is certain to pass the GOP-controlled Legislature. It will apply to people who receive food stamps, jobless benefits and public health care.

The hypocrisy of the drug-testing proposal is impossible to justify.

A streetcar named desired

Friday, 12 December 2014 06:09
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Update Feb. 10: The Milwaukee Common Council approved the streetcar connecting downtown to the lower east side the morning of Feb. 10. 

Hancock County Wind Energy Center in Hancock County, Iowa. The wind farm has been in operation since 2002 without any reported adverse health consequences.

There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission study the health effects of wind turbines. His transparent intention is to continue stalling on Wisconsin’s development of this renewable energy source, which is opposed by the real-estate sector and producers of dirty energy, including Koch Industries and Exon Mobil. Those industries have bestowed Walker with beaucoup bucks, and, as he’s proven time and again, he’s not about to let the state do anything counter to their interests on his watch — not even for the best interests of Wisconsinites.

GOP uses poor to push Koch agenda

Friday, 13 February 2015 00:41

State Sen. Alberta Darling.

State Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, has never been a champion of the poor — quite the opposite. She’s one of the most reliable foot soldiers that the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has in Wisconsin. The Koch’s darling, she’s been on board, if not at the helm of, nearly all the major laws enacted in Wisconsin over the past four years to benefit the Koch’s agenda at the expense of the middle class, the poor and the environment. 

Editorial: The realities of free speech

Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:46

The horrific massacre of journalists in Paris on Jan. 7 demonstrates what happens when the freedoms of speech and religion collide with extremism. The French collision involved Muslim radicals, but, here in the United States, we have a growing movement of right-wing extremists who need to understand the First Amendment guarantees provided by the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. 

We must overcome voter apathy

Friday, 28 November 2014 07:07

The midterm elections and their aftermath show the extent to which our democracy is failing. In the primary races leading up to Nov. 4, a record low of only 7 percent of Americans said they had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. Yet nearly all incumbents survived their primary challenges.

Selling names of state parks is obscene

Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:31

Wisconsin's state parks. Is Scott Walker putting names up for sale?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker created a $2.2 billion deficit by reducing taxes on his wealthy cronies, and now he's scrambling to mend the gap as he gears up for a presidential run. A spreadsheet awash in red ink is an albatross around the neck of a tea party leader, but so is raising taxes. That leaves him with few options.

Survey: MPD is failing at public relations

Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:17

Successful community policing is built on positive relationships between law-enforcement officials and the public. So the results of a recent ACLU of Wisconsin survey about attitudes among Milwaukeeans toward the police are concerning.

Milwaukeeans who live in heavily patrolled black and Latino neighborhoods and who have had contact with the police are less likely to trust law enforcement than people who haven’t had contact with officers. The survey’s subjects were primarily 14 to 24 years old.

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Parsing the 2014 elections

Thursday, 13 November 2014 18:43

A race is lost, and so is a rising star.