O’Donnell Park sale leaves public out in the cold

Written by Pat Small,
Special to WiG
Friday, 12 December 2014 15:04

Public parks are rarely sold to for-profit corporations. But Milwaukee County may soon sell the postcard-perfect Lakefront promontory O’Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. On Dec. 18, county supervisors will vote to approve or reject the proposed sale.

Flashback 2014: WiG's honor roll of 2014 advertisers

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 12 December 2014 13:52


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Beginning the journey to racial healing

Written by Sharon E. Davis,
Special to WiG
Friday, 12 December 2014 07:13

Sharon E. Davis. — PHOTO: Courtesy

We as human beings had the ability to dig ourselves into this ditch of racism and we can dig ourselves out. Here are seven things I know for sure about racism:

We must overcome voter apathy

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette 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.

Flashback 2014: What’s up with state’s air, land and water?

Written by Anne Sayers,
Special to WiG
Friday, 12 December 2014 14:06

Anne Sayers. — PHOTO: Courtesy

If you breathe air or drink water, listen up. The Legislature has the ability to impact your air, land and water — and all indications are that the session beginning Jan. 5 will not be a positive one for our natural resources. A review of the last session combined with the recent election results shed a little light on what we’re up against. 

Flashback 2014: Toasts to lesbian, gay artists and divas of 2014

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 12 December 2014 13:00

Alison Bechdel. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Congrats are due to two bona fide lesbian geniuses: artist Alison Bechdel and legal eagle Mary L. Bonauto. Both received prestigious MacArthur Foundation genius grants in 2014. 

A streetcar named desired

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 12 December 2014 06:09

Urban areas today are once again thriving engines of economic activity where Americans want to live, work and play. Large numbers of people, especially young people, don’t want to waste time and money on automobile commutes in exchange for a few more square feet of living space in isolated suburbs with strip malls and big-box stores. They prefer to live near where they work and enjoy the amenities that cities offer, including live entertainment, unique restaurants and shops, and a vibrant atmosphere.

Working for peace year-round

Written by Jamakaya,
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:08

Maybe you’ve seen the hardy band at busy intersections, rain or shine, with signs urging you to “Honk for Peace!” Maybe a team of canvassers came to your door this fall asking you to vote for peace and human needs. 

Flashback 2014: State’s GOP assails women’s health

Written by Tanya Atkinson,
Special to WiG
Friday, 12 December 2014 14:01

In Wisconsin, we have a long history of working together to ensure our friends, family and neighbors have access to essential health care, and we believe in a government that trusts people to make personal health decisions. But our elected leaders have embarked on a divergent path.

To progressives: Make 2015 the year of no regrets

Written by Scot Ross,
Special to WiG
Friday, 12 December 2014 09:24

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With November’s elections failing to achieve a change in leadership, the year 2014 was disappointing for progressives. 

NAACP Milwaukee: From Milwaukee to Ferguson to Staten Island

Written by James H. Hall Jr. Tuesday, 09 December 2014 05:51

Obviously and unfortunately, there are many similarities among the matters involving Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in New York and the Dontre Hamilton situation here in Milwaukee.

Actually, it is even clearer than in the other two cases that the victim — Dontre Hamilton — was not approached by a police officer based on an alleged reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, as there was no suspicion of crime in Mr. Hamilton’s case, and still the interaction led to the same outcome — his death at the hands of a police officer.

The cost of doing business with Boss Vos

Written by Saul Newton,
Special to WiG
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:09

Robin Vos. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Formalizing a decision already hinted at in 2013, the National Basketball Association included as a condition of  the Milwaukee Bucks’ sale that a new arena be constructed to house the team. If a new arena was not constructed, the league could buy back the team, potentially resulting in Milwaukee losing the Bucks as our professional basketball franchise.