American democracy is caught on the horns of a dilemma. Most Americans are feeling fed up with the Republicans and let down by the Democrats — with good reason. Both major parties are failing the country. Yet a third party isn’t the answer. Like it or not, America has a two-party system.
So how do we get regular people back in the driver’s seat of our government when both major parties are catering to a privileged few at the expense of everyone else.
Ever since The Milwaukee Art Museum’s winged architectural masterwork transformed the lakefront in 2001, residents have adopted it as an icon. We take pride in “The Calatrava,” the first U.S. building by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Something besides beer has made Milwaukee famous.
While Gov. Scott Walker struts around the country campaigning for president, bombshells from his proposed state budget continue to shred the lives and hopes of millions of Wisconsinites.
The latest example of reckless overreach by Walker is his proposal to overhaul the state’s long-term care system for people with disabilities and the elderly. It had the usual elements of “shock and awe.” It forecloses public input, regional control and transparency. It rewards campaign contributors and destroys an effective public service that was decades in the making.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin seeks to defend the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents. Advocating for police accountability has been a priority of our organization for many years. The ACLU of Wisconsin believes that the City of Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has important duties including oversight of the departments to ensure adherence to the rule of law and the provision of unbiased professional public safety service in every neighborhood.
Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated Dr. Fred Crouther to the Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. If confirmed, he would replace Commissioner Paoi Lor bringing the total number of sitting commissioners to seven until July, 2015 when Commissioner Morgan’s term expires. State law allows the Mayor to appoint an additional two commissioners, which his office has indicated he will do after the hiring of an executive director.
The Bike Fed has been hard at work trying to restore what would be lost if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget passes unchanged.
With your help, we’re making progress. So keep up the pressure. If you haven’t contacted your state senator and representative yet, please do that soon, as we go through public hearings.
As a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist for 40 years, I have dedicated my life to making women and families healthier. This commitment makes it all the more disheartening and disturbing to see Gov. Scott Walker commit to signing a ban on abortion that will put women’s health and safety at risk.
Abortion bans are opposed by the medical community, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association, because they interfere with patient/physician trust and they prohibit women from making private, personal medical decision — even women facing medically complex pregnancies or those whose pregnancy will not survive.
In late 2011, Bill Williams stood on a ridge in the Penokee Hills, overlooking his company’s proposed site for a $1.5 billion iron ore mine. A reporter asked him about the environmental challenges posed by such a project.
On March 6, a Madison police officer shot and killed Tony Robinson, an unarmed African-American man. As further details of the shooting become known, the Madison Police Department and the city it serves will hopefully learn how to reduce officer-involved deaths.
Mr. Robinson is the third individual to be killed by a Madison police officer in the last 10 months. Madison has a problem that cannot be ignored. Whatever this problem’s causes may be, the Madison Police Department needs to take all steps possible to reduce the likelihood of excessive use of force incidents and other types of misconduct, including biased policing.