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Some outsiders who could re-think UW System

If historical patterns hold up, it’s 90% certain that the University of Wisconsin Regents will take the safe and predictable route of hiring from the inside for the next president of the 13-college system. That’s been the case for the selection of the recent presidents. The last two, Kevin Reilly and Ray Cross, moved up from ...

Trump and health cost transparency, real or fake?

President Trump probably really thinks that by snapping his fingers and putting out a Twitter message that he is going to cause hospitals and clinics come clean with their chaotic, lucrative and out-of-control price schedules. His intentions are noble. But he grandly under-estimates the power of the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC). The big insurance companies and ...

Obituaries give life to community papers

The grim reaper who has swung his scythe at community newspapers may turn out to be their savior. The end-of-life accounts are providing an unexpected source of revenues, which helps to offset the loss of newspaper advertising and subscription revenue. Paid obituaries are flourishing at papers large and small. Back in the day when I broke in ...

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