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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, September 27, 2019 7:30 AM
In comments made at this week’s Rhinelander city council meeting, Oneida County Economic Development Corporation executive director Stacey Johnson offered up a full-throated defense of city council member and former Oneida County detective sergeant Ryan Rossing, who has been enmeshed in issues surrounding honesty and secrecy, including litigation about an alleged walking quorum stemming from a complaint by this newspaper. (subscriber access)
  • House members summoned Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to Washington, D.C., and grilled him — harshly — about his plan to create a new currency, Libra. (subscriber access)
  • The Democratic Party has not functioned as a serious policy organization for a long time now, and this week’s political stunt — otherwise known as Tony Evers’ special session to address gun violence — only proves the point. (subscriber access)
  • The 1994 funeral of former Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill was truly memorable. To the same North Cambridge, Mass., church, St. John the Evangelist — where O’Neill was baptized as an infant and had married his beloved Millie — came two former U.S. Presidents, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, scores of senators and members of congress. But more important to O’Neill, also filling the pews were nurses, waitresses, firefighters and nuns.
  • Four years ago, the media were talking about a “Libertarian Moment.” 

    I had high hopes! (subscriber access)
  • Joe Biden is at it again — living in his own parallel universe. The same former vice president who says that his son Hunter was hired by a Ukrainian oil and gas company because of his expertise in energy policy is now claiming President Donald Trump has “squandered” the strong Obama economy he inherited. (subscriber access)
  • Once again, Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has delivered an open meetings decision that is impressive in its lack of clarity, a mangled mishmash of gobbledygook that is epic in its unintelligibility and abstruseness. (subscriber access)
  • Congressional Republicans don’t want to debate President Donald Trump’s attempt to extort political prosecutions of Americans from Ukraine — and given the damning facts emerging every day, their reluctance is understandable, if not honorable. (subscriber access)
  • Student loan debt keeps growing. 

    There is a better solution than the ones politicians offer, which stick the taxpayer or the loan lenders with the whole bill and it’s called an “income share agreement.” (subscriber access)
  • As Oneida County gets ready to take up its 2020 draft budget next month, it’s clear that most Oneida County supervisors, with a few notable exceptions such as supervisor Billy Fried, are just content to ignore all the fiscal red flags around them. (subscriber access)
  • Last week, the lobbying arm of the wind energy industry made an unsurprising, though somewhat embarrassing, announcement. It wants a longer lifeline with federal subsidies. So much for wind being the low-cost energy source of the future. (subscriber access)
  • Perhaps it was the exception that proves the rule, but this past week the Oneida County Board of Supervisors made a wise decision — for once — when it rejected an outright prohibition on mining on county-owned lands. (subscriber access)
  • Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is controversial within her party. 

    She says the U.S. should talk to its enemies. She was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. (subscriber access)
  • On the same day the White House plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis by refusing to provide witnesses or documents to House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry, word leaked of a new member on the Trump legal defense team. (subscriber access)
  • As our reporting over the past several weeks makes clear to us, the area’s Northwoods Transit Commission is doing everything it can to put private-sector transportation companies out of business. (subscriber access)
  • While running for president in 1960, John F. Kennedy campaigned against the moderate growth economy (2.5% annual GDP rise) in the last years of the Eisenhower administration. He appealed to Americans’ highest aspirations by saying in his typical Boston drawl: “We can do bettah.” (subscriber access)
  • Not only is Joe Biden innocent of any wrongdoing in Ukraine — as almost every legitimate news organization now acknowledges — but his actions concerning his son’s business interests there were precisely the opposite of the smears launched against him by the Trump campaign. (subscriber access)
  • A friend of mine’s third grade daughter came home from school a few weeks ago with tears streaming down her cheeks. “My teacher says we only have 10 years before the oceans rise and we are underwater,” she moaned. “Are we all going to die?”

    That’s a heavy burden to place on the shoulders of a 9-year-old. (subscriber access)
  • Several weeks ago, we reported on new initiatives planned by Democrats to, well, confiscate every law-abiding citizens’ guns, or at least every gun they can get their hands on. (subscriber access)
  • I now make my living by releasing short videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

    I assumed you who subscribed to my feed or became Facebook “friends” would receive that video every Tuesday. (subscriber access)
  • In comments made at this week’s Rhinelander city council meeting, Oneida County Economic Development Corporation executive director Stacey Johnson offered up a full-throated defense of city council member and former Oneida County detective sergeant Ryan Rossing, who has been enmeshed in issues surrounding honesty and secrecy, including litigation about an alleged walking quorum stemming from a complaint by this newspaper. (subscriber access)
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