As I See It

As I See It

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

Thursday - November 19, 2015 12:00 am

Don't confuse Muslims with terrorists

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Wisconsin's Governor and other politicians can stomp their feet all they want about accepting Syrian refugees, but it turns out they have no real say in the matter. Walker sent a letter to the federal government this week, declaring Wisconsin would not accept any of the 10,000 refugees this country…

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Wednesday - November 18, 2015 12:00 am

Change sign to read "Wisconsin is open for corruption."

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Shortly after taking office, Governor Scott Walker posted a sign along the Wisconsin/Illinois border proclaiming “Wisconsin is open for business.” Soon that may have to be changed to read “Wisconsin is open for corruption.” The only step remaining for inviting more political corruption is for Governor Walker to sign legislation…

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Tuesday - November 17, 2015 12:00 am

Support growing for fixing WEDC

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Sometimes things get so bad, they can no longer be ignored. That rattle your car makes. That home repair project. And the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The state's signature job creation agency has been a mess from the very beginning. This private-public partnership was created with the lofty goal of…

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Friday - November 13, 2015 12:00 am

Working to eliminate government waste can be costly

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It's likely something that all taxpayers can agree on. State government should work to eliminate instances of waste, fraud and abuse. So it sounds good when Governor Scott Walker announces he has signed an executive order to create a commission that will study ways to make government more efficient. According…

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Wednesday - November 11, 2015 12:00 am

Believe the judges, not the politicians

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If I had to chose who to believe, between a judge and a politician, I would choose the judge 100% of the time. Both are considered public servants. But a judge is someone who spends their career carefully and fairly deliberating facts and making judgments accordingly. A politician is someone…

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Tuesday - November 10, 2015 12:00 am

New rules needed for rail safety

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Just how much longer should we have to wait? Will it take a catastrophe to get new rules in place to prevent derailments of toxic shipments on the railroad tracks in our backyards? There were two derailments of trains in Wisconsin over the weekend, including a derailment just up river…

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Friday - November 6, 2015 12:00 am

New poster child for government waste

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There is a new poster child for government waste. This one makes those $900 hammers look like a bargain. The Pentagon spent $43 million on a compressed natural gas station in Afghanistan. It is a project that was doomed from the start. But the worst part is that no one…

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Thursday - November 5, 2015 12:00 am

Public housing should be for only those who need it

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It is important that the federal government provide housing assistance to those in need. It should also be important that only those who deserve such federal help receive it. And for the most part, that is the case. Butnot in all cases. This problem is just now coming to light.…

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Wednesday - November 4, 2015 12:00 am

Who visits Gov mansion? Still waiting to find out

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It is not something that generates a lot of discussion at the water cooler, but it is important nonetheless. Just who has been visiting the Governor's mansion in Madison? A liberal advocacy group submitted an open records request seeking the log of visitors to the Governor's residence between Nov. 5,…

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Tuesday - November 3, 2015 12:00 am

Time to end lawmakers golden health-care parachute

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Wisconsin lawmakers enjoy a pretty comfortable living. A nice salary, the best benefits, and even meal money when they are in Madison. What most don't know is that our lawmakers also earn sick leave. Even though they don't have to call in sick if they don't come to work. And…

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