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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)
  • Walking quorum decision walks county further from good government
    In district attorney Michael Schiek’s opinion, four members of the Rhinelander city council and mayor Chris Frederickson did not violate the open meetings law when they composed, signed, and circulated a letter to council president George Kirby questioning his leadership, suggesting he resign, and promising a forthcoming and uncomfortable conversation about it all.
  • The Joint Finance Committee has started taking votes to craft the biennial state budget. Among the first votes the committee took was to remove non-fiscal policy, items that were non-starters for the legislature, and over a billion dollars in tax and fee increases. Full Medicaid expansion was included in the items that were voted to be removed.
  • 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)
  • When police charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with soliciting prostitution, the press said the police rescued sex slaves. 
  • I recently took some flak from Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown for saying in a speech at the Heartland Institute several years ago that the “only place to live in the midwest is Chicago.” He was particularly upset that I took a tongue-in-cheek swipe at Cleveland and Cincinnati as “armpits.” This was supposedly evidence that I hate Ohio.
  • It was all just a joke. It was all said in jest. (subscriber access)
  • In Wisconsin, our natural resources are an essential part of who we are as a state. We value our outdoor traditions and the stewardship program has helped Wisconsinites preserve natural areas and expand access to recreational activities, all of which are beneficial.  
  • “I’m not going to let them bully me out of reporting,” said Tim Pool after recording an Antifa protest where angry activists cursed at him. There might have been violence, but Antifa’s “de-escalation team” protected him, he says. 
  • Socialists like Bernie Sanders tell us that “the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.” 

    That’s a lie. 
  • A job well done, and justice served
    Every day, most public servants go to work and do their jobs carrying out the public interest and protecting the public welfare without getting many thanks. 

    They understand they are not there for the thanks. Still, humans need to be appreciated, and it must be tough to endure year in and year out, especially when colleagues who engage in misconduct get all the headlines and taint the good work they do. (subscriber access)
  • Although Robert Mueller filed his massive report with the Justice Department, the special counsel must have known he was actually forwarding an impeachment referral to Congress. 
  • The time is now to build the wall
    In these polarized days, there are very few issues that afford our nation a chance to work together to achieve a real and lasting result. Only on occasion do such opportunities present themselves, and, when they do, all of us should seize them. The accumulation of single steps makes for a long road forward. (subscriber access)
  • Of all America’s immigrant visa programs, arguably the most successful for the U.S. economy has been the H-1B program.
  • If Donald Trump were the president of any private or public entity — if he were the president of anything, that is, except the United States — he would be under indictment today for obstruction of justice, intimidating witnesses and conspiracy, at a minimum.
  • Well, the Petco fiasco is behind us, and we have a lot more to say about that topic another time, but what caught our eye in Tuesday’s county board debate were remarks by supervisor Bob Mott, when he talked about why the county needed to keep the Petco study committee going. (subscriber access)
  • Are you very afraid? 3D-printed guns are coming.
  • Tuesday’s message — Ignore northern Wisconsin at your own peril
    People and pundits everywhere are still scratching their heads over last Tuesday’s state Supreme Court race, and there are probably as many theories as there are pundits about what conservative judge Brian Hagedorn’s apparent upset victory over liberal judge Lisa Neubauer means.

    If anything. (subscriber access)
  • What caused the financial crisis and Great Recession? A decade later, economists still don’t have a good answer.
  • It’s no secret America’s political system is badly broken, so Scott Rasmussen.com decided to find out what voters think is wrong. (subscriber access)
  • Long before he would become America’s 65th secretary of state, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who served two combat tours in Vietnam. There, Lt. Powell held in his arms a young American soldier whose body had been blown apart — and whose life would, in a few hours, be ended — by a land mine.  (subscriber access)
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