Unfortunately, a number of professional athletes have made insulting remarks about gay people. Their hateful statements, uttered by high-profile, macho role models and amplified by the media, have reinforced negative perceptions and hostility toward gays. They’ve also made it more difficult for young people who are questioning their sexual orientation to talk about and process their feelings.
But Aaron Rodgers is not one of those athletes. To our knowledge, he’s never said anything publicly about LGBT civil rights, marriage equality or anything else related to sexual orientation.
Just as we were preparing this fourth anniversary issue of Wisconsin Gazette for print, we learned that The Onion will cease publication in Milwaukee, Chicago and Providence, R.I., on Dec. 12. The satirical news weekly had already ended its print edition in Madison, where it began, so the news was not surprising.
While we have been preoccupied with the way Russia has taken an ax to democracy and individual freedom, a police state has been evolving right here at home.
There’s been a dramatic increase in the arrest of people who gather at the Capitol to peacefully express their views. The Wisconsin Republican Party has littered “the people’s place” with armed guards charged with eliminating dissent in the very building that symbolizes our constitutional rights to freedom.
Fast-food workers across the country went on strike in more than 130 U.S. cities on Dec. 5 to demand better wages. We enthusiastically support their efforts and others to raise the minimum to a livable rate.
In the initial weeks of full implementation, the Affordable Care Act was marred by computer glitches that left hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of consumers in the lurch. Healthcare.gov, the Web portal established for Americans to purchase health insurance through federal exchanges, is a travesty.
There’s a lot to celebrate with the Affordable Care Act. If you lose your job, you can still get health coverage for you and your family at an affordable price. An insurer can’t turn you down due to a pre-existing condition. You’ll still have a choice of policies and similar access to doctors.
But the ACA represents everything that’s wrong with our political leadership.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is a hot mess. If he performed in female drag rather than country-western, he’d be known as the Miss Mess of Milwaukee politics.
Clarke’s public tirades have become another kind of drag. In recent months, he’s suggested that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele suffers from penis envy and uses heroin. He’s urged Milwaukee County citizens to become armed vigilantes and help his deputies enforce the law.