As I See It

As I See It

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

We all want to ensure integrity in our elections. We want to make sure every legally cast ballot is properly counted. But we don't need major reform to make that happen. Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein won't let go of her fears that voting integrity is somehow compromised in…

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Wednesday - January 4, 2017 8:57 am

Progress from 115th Congress, or drain the swamp

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Let the swamp draining commence. The 115th Congress has now been sworn in. What can we expect with this new Congress? from the 114th Congress, which some label the worst ever, we got little action but plenty of bluster. Sure they named a few post offices, and managed to pass…

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Tuesday - January 3, 2017 9:31 am

We need more choices for President

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Don't we deserve better? In the most recent presidential election, voters were again left with only two real choices. But we didn't really like either of them. In fact, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump scored higher in unfavorability ratings than any presidential candidates in history. We had to hold our…

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Thursday - December 29, 2016 10:05 am

WI Transportation Secretary no longer willing to try

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Sometimes, when you shout from the mountain tops long enough, and no one bothers to listen, you lose your voice and have to stop shouting. That seems to be the case with Wisconsin's Transportation Secretary. Mark Gottlieb is retiring from that post after six years of imploring for more state…

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Wednesday - December 28, 2016 9:05 am

Wisconsin not one of the easiest places to vote

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The headline reads “Wisconsin is still one of the easiest places in the country to vote.” That quote comes from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who has worked tirelessly to make it harder to vote. He wasn't always successful, as the judges ruled the law was not on his side. Walker…

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Why such a fascination with who pees where? Politicians across the country, including Wisconsin, remain intent on trying to determine which bathrooms public school students can use. State Rep. Jesse Kremer introduced a bill in Wisconsin's last legislative session to force LBGT students to use the bathroom that corresponds with…

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What is it like to be white? That is a question that will be attempted to be answered by some students at UW-Madison. A course entitled “The Problem of Whiteness” is among the course offerings at the university next semester. And some have a real problem with this. Two Wisconsin…

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Wednesday - December 21, 2016 9:47 am

Kudos for ending homeless among veterans

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Mission accomplished. Those involved in the effort to end homelessness in La Crosse have already completed the first stage of that ambitious project. The La Crosse Collaborative to end homelessness is comprised of representatives from Coulee Cap, The Salvation Army, and the VA. Their goal was to end homelessness among…

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Fights among inmates. Inmates abused by guards. Intimidation. Staff shortages. The problems at Wisconsin's youth prison have been well documented. But Wisconsin is not alone in facing challenges in its juvenile justice system. Missouri faced the very same problems, 45 years ago. Back in the 1970s, Missouri began a concerted…

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Monday - December 19, 2016 9:41 am

No more twists in this final chapter

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What next in this crazy election season? We have witnessed the unpredictable election of a man many considered unelectable to the office of President of the United States. We have witnessed a pointless recount, but also allegations of Russian hacking. Today, the final chapter in this election will be written.…

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