Author Archives: johntorinus

Americans must play new job game better

No one disputes that the severe shortage of workers has become a drag on the U. S. economy. Nor that it looks to be a long-term problem. For lack of labor, restaurants have closed either permanently or for some days … Read the rest

Rep. Ramthun: Leave my sacred vote alone

Why in his grandstanding press release calling for cancellation of the Wisconsin presidential election outcome did State Sen. Timothy Ramthun, a Republican from Campbellsport, not offer a single incident of actual voter fraud in his district? Nothing. Nada. Not a … Read the rest

Pioneering Entrepreneur Makes World Go Around

If there were ever a hall of fame in our community for entrepreneurs—as there should be—at the top of the list would be Lehman Rosenheimer. We have been blessed with many wonderful business people who started companies during our almost … Read the rest

To make good, Rodgers should apologize, get a shot

Reams have been and will be written about the obfuscations of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on why he did not get vaccinated and his resulting infection and absence from Sunday’s loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. Obviously, his self-interest … Read the rest

Minor Voting Flaws Trigger Overblown Response

My mother-in-law, Margaret Keenan Icks of Green Bay, spent a good part of her life as a leader of the League of Women Voters. It campaigned for a decade to “get out the vote.” The concern back then was that … Read the rest

Endangered bats start flying again

After seven to eight years of watching almost helplessly as little brown bats careened toward extinction, Andy Hanks has newfound reason for optimism. Hanks comes from a family of bat gurus. He is in the pest control business in Door … Read the rest

What happened to the Blue Cross money?

One astute Wisconsin politician asked this question when the subject of the UW $450 million Blue Cross endowment for public health came up: “What happened to all the money?” When Blue Cross went public 20 years ago, the Blue Cross … Read the rest

Downtown renaissance defies COVID

When the organizers of the restoration of the historic West Bend theatre were mounting their efforts in 2017 to 2019, they operated on the fundamental premise that the community would “own” The Bend. Community members far and wide pitched in … Read the rest

A Roth Challenge: rethinking education bottom to top

As Sen. Roger Roth pursues reorganization of the University of Wisconsin System, he has a chance to put Wisconsin in the vanguard for getting every invaluable child off to a successful life and career. The temptation over the next decade … Read the rest

Washington County Way Behind on Virus Controls, Results

Would it surprise you to know that Washington County has no COVID-19 guidelines, recommendations or requirements for businesses when it comes to masks or vaccine mandates? The county is in the “very high-risk” category for spread of the contagion. Cases … Read the rest