As I See It

As I See It

Wisconsin's longest running daily commentary, a daily tradition since 1971.

The state of Wisconsin doesn't have an unlimited amount of money to spend. We see that with the billion dollar hole in the state's transportation budget our lawmakers can't fire out how to fill. But when it comes to handing out money for students to attend private schools in Wisconsin,…

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President Trump is right about one thing. The federal government spends too much money. And much of that spending is a waste of our tax dollars. The latest Pig Book proves that. The Pig Book is an effort by the fiscal watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste to detail federal…

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Wednesday - July 19, 2017 9:00 am

Kudos for more work to end opiod epidemic

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It took five months, but they finally got it done. Governor Scott Walker called a special session of the legislature back in January to tackle the problem of opiod addiction in the state. This week, Walker finally signed 11 bills into law, all designed to prevent and treat opiod abuse,…

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Tuesday - July 18, 2017 9:01 am

La Crosse likes to say no

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La Crosse has a long history of saying no. Whether it is a baseball stadium or a new road, development deals, or a roundabout, or even a lower speed limit, many in La Crosse like to proudly stand in the way. Our airwaves are routinely filled with callers who don't…

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It may sound crazy on the surface. And it no doubt is a longshot. But it also may be the answer to a number of problems in Wisconsin. Rep. Melissa Sargent has introduced legislation calling for the legalization of marijuana in the state. Not just medicinal marijuana, but full-blown recreational…

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The rift between La Crosse police and the county's judicial system continues to grow. Police have become increasingly frustrated with local judges, suggesting openly and publicly that our judges are soft on crime. A recent arrest magnifies that growing rift. Police arrested an Onalaska man this week who is being…

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Today is July 13th. Two weeks past the deadline for passing a new state budget in Wisconsin. The new budget was due June 30, but two weeks later the state is still no closer to finishing the document. In fact, they still aren't even close. The key budget committee hasn't…

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Wednesday - July 12, 2017 9:01 am

Ban fundraising during budget talks

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Governor Walker has been busy raising money. He is a politician after all. Walker has not yet officially announced his intentions to seek a third term as Wisconsin's governor, but the amount of money he has raised makes it clear he plans to run again. Walker announced this week he…

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Wisconsin remains the only state in the nation where drunk driving is not a crime. And despite the repeated efforts of some lawmakers, that is not likely to change anytime soon. In Wisconsin, it seems getting a drunk driving ticket is almost considered a right of passage. Those caught first…

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Voting is a very private matter. Our voting records are kept secret. We never have to tell anyone who we voted for. We don’t even have to vote at all. But now, the federal government thinks states should hand over the confidential information of voters. The newly-formed Presidential Advisory Commission…

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