As I See It

As I See It

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

Thursday - July 30, 2015 12:00 am

Low income workers deserve sick pay too

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For many people, being able to take a paid sick day is something they take for granted. But for many others, it is not even an option. More than one million workers just in Wisconsin are unable to earn a single paid sick day. That means even if they have…

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Wednesday - July 29, 2015 12:00 am

Some change to Wisconsin open records laws ok

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Once again, they are talking in Madison about making changes to the state's open records laws. But this time it may not be a bad thing. Open government activists are understandably nervous about changes to Wisconsin's open records laws, given that some lawmakers basically tried to gut the law as…

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Tuesday - July 28, 2015 12:00 am

Allow students to refinance student loan debt

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Lots of people have taken advantage of falling interest rates in order to keep more money in their pocket. Millions have refinanced their mortgage to take advantage of today's more attractive rates. That makes sense. They continue to owe the same principal, but can save hundreds of dollars a year…

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Arming military facilities a good idea

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When a gunman opened fire at a military recruiting center and a U.S. Navy facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week, those who suddenly found themselves under attack didn't shoot back. They couldn't. That's because federal regulations prevent members of the armed forces from carrying certain firearms on military installations. Wisconsin…

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Thursday - July 23, 2015 12:00 am

Taking climate change denial to the extreme

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Some people who deny the notion of climate change take that stance to the extreme. Like Wisconsin State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, who also serves as one of three members of Wisconsin's Board of Commissioners of Public Land. The Executive Director of this board is Tia Nelson, who has served in…

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Wednesday - July 22, 2015 12:00 am

GAB deserves support, not demolition

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It is clear that some of our lawmakers just don't fancy the idea of government accountability. Governor Scott Walker has joined the chorus of those calling for an end to Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board. This board oversees elections and ethics laws in the state. It often issues ruling that some…

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Friday - July 17, 2015 12:00 am

Gov. Kleefisch a scary notion

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So, Scott Walker wants to be President. But if he wins, are we really ready to say hello to Governor Rebecca Kleefisch? Kleefisch is Wisconsin's Lt. Governor, a position with no real responsibility. Perhaps that is a good thing. But if Walker were to win the presidency, Kleefisch would be…

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Wisconsin lawmakers have now approved a state budget. It is filled with a number of items, but once again, lawmakers have failed to do anything about Wisconsin's drunk driving laws. Wisconsin's OWI laws remain the most lenient of any state in the country. First offense drunk driving isn't even considered…

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What did he know, and when did he know it? The answers to those questions remain elusive. But we need to hear the answers from Scott Walker. We need to know just what involvement the state's most powerful politician had in trying to get around Wisconsin's open records laws. 12…

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Wednesday - July 8, 2015 12:00 am

We don't need to get artsy at new county buiding

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I don't know art, but I know what I like. And I don't like a plan to display artwork in the new La Crosse County Administrative Center. The county is planning to move the offices that remain in the old Administrative Center into what is now the Associated Bank building…

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