As I See It

As I See It

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

It took three years, but the city of La Crosse may finally have gotten it right. The city began charging to park in its municipal ramps three years ago, and ever since the effort has been marred by delays, frustration and confusion. City hall took forever to come up with…

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Much work has been done to combat homelessness in La Crosse. And much more work is about to be done. The city of La Crosse is taking part in a collaborative effort to end all homelessness in the city. It is an ambitious goal, but there is a good track…

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The issue goes to the very heart of our democracy. Voters in Wisconsin are finding their votes don't matter much. That is because the current legislative boundaries drawn by our lawmakers in Madison have been so gerry-mandered they have been declared partisan and unconstitutional by a judge. The boundaries, which…

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College is a time when many people shape their world view, when they identify the issues they are passionate about, and speak out about them. In Wisconsin, that could soon get them kicked out of college. Some Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation that would punish those students who protest speakers…

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It is called the prevailing wage law, and some Wisconsin lawmakers think it is time for the law to go. Prevailing wage laws require governments to pay those who secure contracts for public projects pay their workers whatever the prevailing wage is there. That is designed to ensure those companies…

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Thursday - April 27, 2017 10:57 am

Cookie bill looks tasty

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Finally, some common sense in Madison. Lawmakers are considering ending the state's ban on the sale of home-baked goods. The legislation is called the “cookie bill.” If passed, it would allow people to sell their homemade treats, like breads, muffins and cookies. It is not clear exactly why it is…

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Wednesday - April 26, 2017 9:03 am

Referendum on voucher schools?

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School referendums are in the sights of some Wisconsin lawmakers. They want to make it harder for public school districts to hold referendums, considering legislation that would limit how often and for what reason they could ask voters to approve more money for education. These lawmakers also want to punish…

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Tuesday - April 25, 2017 9:36 am

Make it easier, not harder, to vote

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The election was rigged. We heard that throughout the course of the recent presidential campaign. It wasn't true of course. There is no evidence of millions of illegal immigrants casting ballots, or felons voting in droves. But, as it turns out, there were many ballots which were cast in Wisconsin,…

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Monday - April 24, 2017 9:15 am

WI Supco for sale to highest bidder

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There can no longer be any debate. Justice is for sale in Wisconsin. Certainly that is the case on the state's highest court, which has rejected a call for justices to recuse themselves from cases that involve their political donors. A group of 54 retired judges submitted a petition that…

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Thursday - April 20, 2017 9:23 am

La Crosse County's lame logo

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Branding can be important for a business. It can help them stand out from their competitors. But is it important for government as well? La Crosse County apparently thinks so, spending $60,000 on a new branding campaign that includes a new logo and tagline. But, boy, is it boring. Even…

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