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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, February 8, 2019 7:30 AM
In late December, we warned that the selection of Preston Cole to run the state Department of Natural Resources was dangerous, not least because we believed Cole would attempt to remake the agency into one much like the DNR under former Gov. Jim Doyle — an agency whose bureaucrats and field staff pretty much terrorized citizens statewide. (subscriber access)
  • When Drs. Foster and Smith were in their heyday, the nation and the world clamored for their online pet supply products, everything from Fido’s pharmaceuticals to grooming tools to pet stain removers. (subscriber access)
  • We hear a lot about special interests these days, but, at least in Wisconsin, we don’t hear nearly enough about one particular self interest — that collection of taxpayer-funded entities that engage in government-to-government lobbying. (subscriber access)
  • In honor of Sunshine Week — a celebration and advocacy of open government — The Lakeland Times presents the newspaper’s 2019 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business.
  • When the Office of Special Counsel completes its assigned tasks and sends its findings to Attorney General William Barr, Americans will expect to learn what is in that document. Despite recurrent warnings that Barr can legally withhold some or even all of the Mueller report, those expectations of transparency must be fulfilled. (subscriber access)
  • President Trump gave one of his most memorable and impactful speeches two weeks ago, when he systematically dismantled the case for socialism. (subscriber access)
  • "Peace," we were told by Mother Teresa, "begins with a smile." Smiles have been very scarce in American political life lately. (subscriber access)
  • It’s not surprising that, when government officials get together, they often conclude there is a great need to spend more money, and also not surprising that they like to raise taxes to do it. (subscriber access)
  • Watching the Republicans strenuously berate Michael Cohen as he appeared before the House Oversight Committee, it was clear that they had no idea who this New York character is or what his testimony means. (subscriber access)
  • It’s becoming all too common an occurrence these days for organizations to change their policies, procedures, and practices before they bother to change the written and formally adopted rules that govern those practices. (subscriber access)
  • When I hear “welfare payments,” I think “poor people.” (subscriber access)
  • The just concluded series on the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce has aired some substantive differences of opinion within that organization about its direction and future — differences that should cause every community served by the chamber to pause and reflect upon. (subscriber access)
  • Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an “emergency” to build a wall, “think what a president with different values can present ... Why don’t you declare (the epidemic of gun violence in America) an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would ... A Democratic president can declare emergencies as well.”  (subscriber access)
  • Socialists and communists have been spinning utopian fairy tales for well more than a century now, fairy tales that somehow end up as gruesome nightmares of economic and individual oppression. (subscriber access)
  • The behavior of public employees on the job is subject to public scrutiny in nearly every circumstance under Wisconsin law. (subscriber access)
  • Well, what do you know! It turns out amateur economist Donald J. Trump knows more about sound monetary policy than Fed chairman Jerome Powell and his team of hundreds of Ph.D. economists. 
  • Cole moves quickly to radicalize DNR
    In late December, we warned that the selection of Preston Cole to run the state Department of Natural Resources was dangerous, not least because we believed Cole would attempt to remake the agency into one much like the DNR under former Gov. Jim Doyle — an agency whose bureaucrats and field staff pretty much terrorized citizens statewide. (subscriber access)
  • The biography of Howard Schultz is the stuff of American capitalist folklore: a man who grew up in a Brooklyn housing project and amassed a fortune worth billions. Now he proposes to repay America by imposing the ruinous rule of Donald Trump for another four years.
  • A lot of water cooler conversation these days — and interestingly, more than a few news stories — revolves around the mainstream media’s latest forays into journalistic malfeasance, which headline writers have taken to cleverly calling media malpractice. (subscriber access)
  • Sunday is the Super Bowl.  (subscriber access)
  • The idea that most university professors lean to the Left is certainly nothing new. (subscriber access)
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