Cross exit opens door for UW transformation

Ray Cross is retiring after tough five years at the helm of the sprawling University of Wisconsin System (UWS). He had to contend with major challenges that were working against happy times in the president’s office, including: • Declining numbers … Read the rest

Massive birds decline can be reversed

Shawn Graff has spent his life in preservation and conservation – first of historic Wisconsin mansions and museums, then of precious lands in the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan watersheds. His latest cause is to reverse a major decline in … Read the rest

Big initiatives launched to save Great Lakes

Of all the issues facing Wisconsin, protection of our challenged fresh water assets has to be right at the top. So, the concept forwarded by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to create a Freshwater Collaborative that encompasses the … Read the rest

Bernie’s numbers look low for Medicare for All

Introduction: Since health costs are looming as the biggest issue in the 2020 presidential election and are by far the biggest economic issue facing the country, I will be writing a series of pieces on the management of health costs, … Read the rest

Exits tell story on effective job creation strategy

When entrepreneurs make a big exit, as the Wendorff family did recently, it should be front-page news and cause for celebration. As high-growth entrepreneurs take their often-difficult, lengthy adventures to a big pay-day, lots of good things happen: • Jobs … Read the rest

Calling all UW scientists to save the perch

It is a perpetual puzzlement that the major conservation issues facing Wisconsin seldom animate leaders of our political parties. The latest to draw a lack of response from either party is development of “a yellow perch desert” in Lake Michigan. … Read the rest

UWM goes entrepreneurship-heavy

Not many universities in the Untied States squarely identify themselves with entrepreneurship. Most are entrepreneurship-light with a few courses and programs mixed into standard curriculum. Last week, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee stamped itself as entrepreneurship-heavy with a grand … Read the rest

President Trump: please cut deal for soybean exports to China

The new numbers on our trade imbalance with China hit an all-time high of $419 billion in 2018, up from $347 billion in 2016 before President Trump took office on 2017. That rise comes despite his two-year trade war with … Read the rest

Pols need to check out real reforms by employers

Just as the national debate ramps up on a government take-over of the nation’s health care, it looks like employers and market forces have already worked out a business model that is taming previously out-of-control health costs. A lead article … Read the rest

Bats, fellow mammals, are our friends

If you should meet a bat, thank a fellow mammal. He or she ate 4500 insects yesterday, including a banquet of mosquitoes. If you don’t see one, worry about it. Better yet, do something about it. The sad facts are … Read the rest