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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, May 17, 2019 7:30 AM
Oneida County’s demand for an independent transit commission audit is welcome news, assuming the transit commission complies, or doesn’t try to be sneaky and play games with such an audit. (subscriber access)
  • As someone who was lucky enough to cover the 1992 presidential campaign — involving Republican incumbent President George W. Bush, Democratic challenger Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and the independent maverick, Texas billionaire businessman Ross Perot — from start to finish, allow me to make one semi-important point: Perot was not at all like anybody else who would, allegedly as a billionaire businessman, run for the White House as the GOP nominee — successfully — in 2016.
  • Oneida County should listen to its bureaucrats*
    No, we haven’t gone crazy — readers will notice that there is an asterisk on the headline. The asterisk is: As a general rule, that’s a terribly bad idea.

    However, in reading surveys about the county’s fiscal future turned in by Oneida County department heads, it turns out they have some good ideas, here and there. (Subscriber Access)
  • Recording events from public land shouldn’t be a crime.
  • A century ago, newspapers employed more than 2,000 full-time editorial cartoonists. Today, there are fewer than 25. In the United States, political cartooning as we know it is dead. If you draw them for a living and you have any brains, you’re working in a different field or looking for an exit.
  • In signing the new state budget, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed out grants totaling $250,000 over the next biennium for the Lakeland STAR School/Academy. (Full disclosure: Gregg Walker is the publisher of The Lakeland Times and is president of the Lakeland STAR governance board.) (Subscriber Access)
  • In the first Democratic presidential debates, Sen. Kamala Harris of California defended forced busing back in the 1970s as a civil rights triumph and criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for racial insensitivity for once opposing the policy.
  • The city of Dunedin, Fla., wants Jim Ficken’s home. 

    Ficken’s mom died, so he went to South Carolina to take care of her estate. He asked a friend to look after his house. 

    But then the friend died, and no one cut Ficken’s grass. When it grew to 10 inches, Dunedin officials started fining him $500 a day. 

    The fine is now about $30,000. 
  • The Congressional Budget Office has just released its mid-year update on the federal fiscal situation, and it portends a debt avalanche. But don’t bother to tell Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren that. They’re busy advocating tens of trillions of dollars in new federal spending.
  • Opinions: In DPI case, Rebecca Bradley hits the mark
    It’s always nice to have a conservative state Supreme Court — that’s elected, by the way — to serve as a check on other, more liberal elected officials, notably our governor, and, far too often, the GOP-dominated Legislature. (Subscriber Access)
  • At least three score years ago, my savvy precinct committeewoman impressed upon me an immutable political truth: Every election is not about the candidate(s); no, every election is about the voters ... and about the future. I’m relieved that my precinct committeewoman was not around to hear the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates spend four hours of network TV time talking about each other and about themselves and very little about the voters.
  • Appeals court should end Oneida County 
pier regulations once and for all
    Oneida County is without peers when it comes to zoning overregulation, and it most certainly is without peers when it comes to regulating piers — it is one of the only Wisconsin counties to do so, if not the only one. (Subscriber Access)
  • Presidential candidates and the media keep telling people “it’s immoral” that a few rich people have so much more money than everyone else. 

    They talk as if it doesn’t matter what the rich did to get the money. Instead, the fact that they are rich is itself immoral. 
  • Time to get off the transit-go-round
    And around and around they go, the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission and the Oneida County Board of Supervisors.

    Oneida County supervisors keep asking questions, the transit commission keeps resisting (though it claims otherwise), then Oneida County supervisors vote to allow them to borrow money anyway, even though they are not sure the transit operation is functional or even on the up-and-up.

    Then they do it all over again the very next year. What a carnival. (Subscriber Access)
  • Among the most disturbing moments during the last presidential election cycle occurred in September 2016, when a group of top intelligence officials briefed congressional leaders on the Kremlin’s aggressive hacking campaign.
  • Some blessed day, America will be rid of the Trump administration. But the “normalization” of misconduct by this president’s entourage will leave indelible stains — one of which will bear the name Jared Kushner.
  • British goon cops acting at the request of the United States government entered Ecuador’s embassy in London, dragged out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and prepared to ship him across the pond. After this event last month, most of the mainstream media reacted with spiteful glee about Assange’s predicament and relief that the Department of Justice had exercised self-restraint in its choice of charges.
  • Both Republican and Democratic politicians want government to “do more” to give parents paid time off. 
  • The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, “Big Bad John,” was christened in 1992 in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first father-son duo of four-star admirals, “Slew” and Jack. On July 12, 2018, their son and grandson respectively, retired Navy captain and U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III was added to the official namesake of that Navy ship in a ceremony in Yokosuka, Japan. This American destroyer and its crew, as reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Ballhaus and Gordon Lubold, were told by Navy and Air Force brass — in response to a directive from the White House — that during President Donald Trump’s Memorial Day weekend visit to Japan, the USS John S. McCain needs to be kept “out of sight.”
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