Author Archives: johntorinus

David vs. Goliath on soaring health costs

Self-insured employers have been fighting the good fight against runaway health costs for their companies and for their workers for decades, without much help from state and national politicians. But a ray of sunshine has emerged: the courts. A cause-driven … Read the rest

GOP facing post-Trump return to reality

Congressional hearings on the Trump-orchestrated Jan. 6 assault on the American presidential election process have been so embarrassing for Republicans that they have gone into what amounts to denial. The video footage and quotes from people directly engaged in the … Read the rest

Trump: ‘kiss of death’ for Michels?

Under the heading of “Be careful what you wish for,” Donald Trump’s endorsement of Tim Michels for the Republican nomination for governor of Wisconsin may prove to be the kiss of death in the general elections this fall if Michels … Read the rest

What would our fallen veterans say to us? Contribute, be united, be tough.

How could a Memorial Day parade and service be carried off any better than last Monday’s in downtown West Bend? It was a sunny, breezy day, perfect to remember and model ourselves after local heroes, to say thanks to our … Read the rest

GOP shaky on Ukraine; Wisconsin delegation hangs tough

It is not often in life that Americans are presented with a black and white choice between good and unmitigated evil, between war and peace. Such is the weight of the strategic decision to stand with heroic Ukrainians and their … Read the rest

Does Wisconsin need another hospital merger?

Could someone please explain how the pending merger of the Advocate-Aurora Health (A-A) of Chicago and Milwaukee and Atrium Health of Charlotte, North Carolina helps patients and employers in Wisconsin? That fundamental question needs deep examination by federal and state … Read the rest

Remember the Walker 2010 jobs pledge?

Remember back when jobs, jobs, jobs was the dominant issue in the race for governor of Wisconsin? My friend Tom Hefty and I met in 2010 with several Republican big wigs who were planning Scott Walker’s campaign for his first … Read the rest

Are community colleges a good answer?

More than two dozen leaders in Washington County showed up last week to show their support for West Bend’s two-year liberal arts campus. Despite grievous enrollment declines, there was unanimity that some way forward must be found for the satellite … Read the rest

Want to be governor? Deal with big challenges.

Finally, we have a real governor’s race in Wisconsin. It now revolves around two heavy-weights who have aspirations of challenging Democratic Gov. Tony Evers November 8. Evers, who qualifies as a heavy-weight after a successful first term on a number … Read the rest

Ukraine, NATO cannot let Putin win

The sinking of the flagship cruiser Moskva, the pride of the Russian navy, could prove to be a turning point, not only in the showdown in Ukraine between one insane autocrat and an entire citizenry of liberty-loving people, but also … Read the rest