As I See It

As I See It

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

Friday - June 26, 2015 12:00 am

Taxpayer funded child abuse?

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Want to know why it is a bad idea for Wisconsin to allow students to attend private schools at taxpayer expense? Look no further than a school in Milwaukee called Right Step. This program, according to its website, develops the minds, bodies and spirits of the community's most challenging youth,…

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Wednesday - June 24, 2015 12:00 am

Time to investigate, put an end to WEDC

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The news just keeps getting worse, but those in charge seem unwilling to do anything about it. We have heard for years about the failings of Wisconsin's job creation agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. And they deeper they dig, the more trouble they find. The latest internal review by…

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Successful politicians have a plan. A plan A and a plan B. But when it comes to the fight over Obamacare, it appears Wisconsin has no Plan B. The United States Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling soon, perhaps this week, in a case that could determine the…

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Friday - June 19, 2015 12:00 am

Audit could solve road funding debate

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What are we getting for our money? We don't even know. We do know that we spend a lot on transportation in Wisconsin. Transportation spending totals about $6 billion in Wisconsin, but that hasn't been enough to fix all our roads. Governor Walker has proposed borrowing an additional $1.3 billion…

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Thursday - June 18, 2015 12:00 am

Strip transportation, Bucks arena from budget

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It appears work on a new Wisconsin state budget has slowed to a crawl. Members of the Joint Finance Committee charged with creating the new budget haven't met in two weeks. Instead, Republican members of the committee have been meeting behind closed doors to try to unify their party on…

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

More reform needed at Tomah VA

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We were shocked to learn what was happening at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Tomah. Patients there being given high powered drugs like they were candy, earning the facility the nickname “Candyland” among patients. Tragically, some patients at the Tomah VA died, including Jason Simcakoski, who died of acute drug…

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Tuesday - June 16, 2015 12:00 am

Imagine less mudslinging in campaign

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We can at least imagine. Imagine what it would be like if we could be spared all those nasty attack ads in the next election. That is possible, although probably unlikely, in the race for one of Wisconsin's U.S. Senate seats. The race between incumbent Ron Johnson and former Senator…

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Friday - June 12, 2015 12:00 am

Patience please during construction

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A little patience, please. Getting around in La Crosse has gotten more difficult of late with all of the construction going on. We're getting a handful of new hotels, new private developments, and lots and lots of road construction. All of these projects happening at the same time is making…

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There are plenty of people who believe our climate is changing. And there are plenty of people who believe global warming is a myth. Both sides can cite plenty of science to bolster their claims. But the fact is, we don't know whether our climate is changing, much less if…

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Thursday - May 28, 2015 12:00 am

Managing parking ramps shouldn't be so difficult

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They mean well, they simply don't know what they are doing. That is the synopsis of the city of La Crosse's Parking Utility Board.

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