Bruce Jenner deserves chance to tell own story

Written by michael munson Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:37

Bruce Jenner has been in the public eye since before winning the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics. He has continued living a high profile life on the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which debuted in 2007.

It is not surprising that Jenner’s gender is also in the public eye — by Jenner’s choice and by the actions of others, who are commenting on and projecting about reality TV star’s physical appearance and possible gender-related trajectory. 

On the record, February 26, 2015

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:56

“Politics used to be about where you stood. Now, it’s about what you stepped in.”

Sacrificing common-sense for ideology

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 13 February 2015 09:53

Gov. Scott Walker’s brazen attempt to delete “truth” and “public service” from the Wisconsin Idea tells us everything we need to know about Walker, his administration, the GOP Legislature, their fat cat donors and their own perverted ideas for Wisconsin.

Since his first state budget in 2011, Walker has targeted public education. Hundreds of millions have been cut from K-12 schools, technical colleges and the university system. This attack is part of a decades-long campaign to defund public education through budget cuts, tuition freezes and transfers of tax dollars to vouchers for private schools, many of them religious.

GOP uses poor to push Koch agenda

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette 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. 

The arts can change minds and heal hearts

Written by Jillian Smith,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:03

Running a theater company is like juggling chain saws — there are endless competing priorities. You want to create a season of works with artistic merit to excite performers and staff. You want works that pack a punch and wow audiences. At the same time, bills must be paid, so it is critical to select shows that will attract a wide audience. The two goals need not be mutually exclusive, but it’s a delicate balance. 

It’s easy to find works with strong entertainment value that are certain to do good box office, but they don’t always succeed in other respects. We want to speak directly to the hearts and minds of our audiences, inspiring positive thought, dialogue and change in our world. That is what we believe we were created to do as artists.

Efforts to lower wages reaching new heights in Wisconsin

Written by Richard Trumka,
AFL-CIO president
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 06:53

The effort to lower wages in America is going to reach new heights in Wisconsin this week.  Wall Street billionaires and political extremists are joining together to force a vote on right-to-work legislation which is wrong for Wisconsin hardworking families.

This is a blatant attempt to silence workers’ voices to stop us from speaking out about lower wages and mistreatment at work. 

Fighting a real battle to help Milwaukee’s poor

Written by State Rep. Mandela Barnes Friday, 13 February 2015 06:58

When Milwaukee succeeds, Wisconsin succeeds. Unfortunately, in too many of our Milwaukee neighborhoods, innocent kids are dying, our children lack access to basic human necessities and our neighbors struggle to find jobs.

For far too long, our communities have been crying out in a fever pitch for their elected leaders to address these real problems. However, these calls continue to get paid only lip service by the Wisconsin Republicans who control our state government. 

‘Right to work’ is a step backward for workers

Written by Jamakaya,
Saturday, 31 January 2015 19:22

Republican politicians, their corporate patrons and their cheerleaders on hate radio are gearing up to push “right to work” legislation on Wisconsin.

Everyone deserves the right to work. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Decoding the right-wing lexicon

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:00

Choo-Choo: Dismissive term for high-speed and light rail used by right wingers who are so backward in their thinking they associate these 21st century wonders — fueling commerce and transit systems from Paris to Beijing — with the 19th century locomotive chugging into Petticoat Junction.

It's time to unite again, Wisconsin!

Written by Wisconsin Gazette 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.

For the record: Sarah Palin said what?

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 13 February 2015 04:50

“There’s a connection between vaccinations and homosexuality. Anybody with eyes can see that. It doesn’t take a doctor to figure that out.”

— SARAH PALIN, former GOP vice presidential candidate and half-term governor of Alaska, speaking on the air with Glenn Beck.

Survey: MPD is failing at public relations

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette 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.