Author Archives: johntorinus

Rodgers could go out on high note

For better or worse, I spent a couple of decades in the world of public relations, dealing as a news editor with a half a foot of press releases every morning from people and organizations peddling their points of view … Read the rest

Obvious building blocks for U.S. health care

Neither the Republican nor Democratic parties at the state or federal level brought up health costs and quality as an issue in November mid-term elections, even though it is probably the second biggest economic issue facing citizens and businesses, behind … Read the rest

McCarthy faces monkeys running the zoo

Newly elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Saturday got it backwards when he thanked former President Donald Trump for helping win the speakership. Here is his quote: “I do want to especially thank President Trump. I don’t think anybody should doubt … Read the rest

Forward Wisconsin: Not just tax cuts in 2023

It’s music to the ears of a broad swath of Wisconsin voters that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Gov. Tony Evers, Republican and Democratic leaders of our state, are saying they are ready to reach pragmatic compromises in the New … Read the rest

Bipartisan U.S. resolve paying off in Ukraine

With the election of Derrick Van Orden, a retired Navy Seal with five combat tours to the Wisconsin delegation, there should be more of a united front in favor of the “U.S. investment” in defeating Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. … Read the rest

Two local audits defy election conspiracies

You could imagine the clothes falling off emperor Donald Trump and his loyal courtesans as the results came in from two audits of the Nov. 8 elections in Washington County. A county-executed hand count of the 74,525 ballots revealed only … Read the rest

Put a stop to hospital merger mania

Merger mania for Wisconsin hospital corporations came to a crescendo last week without even a sniff of interest from the state’s regulators. The merger of Bellin Health of Green Bay and Gunderson Health of La Crosse was finalized last week, … Read the rest

Let’s have strategic fun with huge surplus.

There are countless ways to spend the $6.6 billion surplus accumulated by the state of Wisconsin. I have several ideas for the best ways to move the state forward with that unprecedented pile of cash; you have yours, and each … Read the rest

Why are we ducking ugly health costs?

How about a little quiz on one of the nation’s biggest issues that got almost no attention in the state and national midterm elections? Quiz Question 1: What’s the second largest economic challenge facing the country? Roaring inflation is on … Read the rest

Retreat from Kherson: a sobering reality for Putin

The humiliating defeat Vladimir Putin suffered in his army’s retreat from Kherson was a war-changing victory for Ukrainian warriors and their western allies. There’s lot more to it than the reclamation of one regional capital. The retreat of the Russian … Read the rest