Category Archives: Good government

Avoid gridlock, let Wisconsin voters make big calls

Now that Wisconsin faces at least four years of partisan gridlock, as evidenced by the rocky transition from Republican Scott Walker to Democrat Tony Evers, how can we get big issues revsolved for the state? An answer might be found in a… Read more

H.W. deserved a second term

George H. W. Bush was born a gold-plated patrician, and he lost his re-election in 1992 partly because many voters thought he was out of touch with the people. But he was one of the most regular, down-to-earth guys you could ever meet. I was… Read more

Voters split tickets, demand gridlock, compromise

The big news from the Wisconsin elections Tuesday: Gov. Walker is out; gridlock is in. Badger State voters waited in record numbers in long lines in a light rain to send a mixed message about where they want the state to go in the next four… Read more

President Trump is beyond divisive

Psychiatrists and psychologists and will trying to figure out what made Donald Trump tick for generations to come. Similarly, social scientists will be trying to figure out what drew a large minority of Americans to this galvanizing… Read more

25 UW campuses increasingly strapped for funds

It’s only a matter of time until the political leaders of the state address the obvious necessity to set an updated strategy for the University of Wisconsin System. Big ideas for new directions for UWS won’t jump out during the careful campaign… Read more

McCain: the right kind of tough guy

When my boys were growing up and I was trying to help them find the fine line between the hard and soft sides of life in America, I pitched this: “Be as tough as you have to be, but no tougher.” It’s this line – between warrior when… Read more

Where have all the fiscal conservatives gone?

As a fiscal conservative, I miss the Republican Party. Even though its leaders have never balanced the federal budget when they were in power in recent decades, they at least talked the talk on the need to bring down the deficit and its… Read more

UWO criminal charges miss the mark

The criminal charges filed by the Wisconsin attorney general’s office against the former chancellor and vice chancellor of UW–Oshkosh have the smell of prosecutorial overreach, scapegoating and missing of the mark. Rick Wells- Photo Credit:… Read more

Disarray in White House not okay

President Trump, who made a TV career out of firing people, is showing that he is very comfortable with firing his people in the White House. Of late, he has terminated at least one a week, like he did on his TV show. President Trump on the… Read more

The Walker agenda: the said and unsaid

Looking ahead at what promises to be a tough election year for Republicans, Gov. Walker’s state of the state address last week was as important for what it didn’t say as for what it did. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker- photo credit… Read more