As I See It

As I See It

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

Monday - February 27, 2017 9:50 am

Backroom deals between candidates should be illegal

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It is the kind of thing that should be illegal. But apparently it is not in Wisconsin. It seems that when running for public offices, it is ok to make a backroom deal with your opponent. It is even ok to promise your opponent a cushy state job if he…

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Friday - February 24, 2017 9:32 am

Proposed resort tax too pricey to afford

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Nobody likes paying taxes. People like paying higher taxes even less. But La Crosse county is asking voters to approve an additional sales tax, that would add an additional half cent tax to a number of purchases. That question will be on the ballot in the April election, asking La…

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Thursday - February 23, 2017 9:03 am

DOT finally recognizes need to be accurate

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We need to do better. That is the overall assessment of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and it comes from the new boss at that state agency. DOT Secretary Dave Ross was called out on the carpet by lawmakers at a legislative hearing this week in Madison. That's because a…

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Wednesday - February 22, 2017 9:02 am

New VA Secretary needs to find missing drugs

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There has been enough troubling news coming out of the VA system. Nationally, we learned of the long wait times for veterans seeking medical care. Then things blew up at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Tomah, where doctors were handing out powerful drugs like candy, and where some veterans died…

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Tuesday - February 21, 2017 9:30 am

Little interest in today's election

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People are sick of politics-as-usual. Seldom does a day go by when there’s not some political scandal that highlights corruption, greed, graft, or straight-up political favoritism. Some of that is no doubt sensationalism, but you have to wonder where all those self-serving politicians come from. The truth is they get…

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Monday - February 20, 2017 9:11 am

Media not Trump's, or American people's enemy

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Donald Trump is right. The media is not his enemy. But the media certainly is not the enemy of the American people. For some reason, our president is making a habit of pitting the people and the press. Our tweeter in chief blasted what he called “fake news” in his…

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Friday - February 10, 2017 9:07 am

Governor's budget again fails to fix roads

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There is much to like in Governor Walker's budget proposal unveiled this week. Unfortunately, plans for fixing our roads is not one of them. For years now, we have seen Wisconsin's roads continue to deteriorate. Our roads are now ranked as the worst in the Midwest, and among the worst…

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Thursday - February 9, 2017 11:14 am

Finally, some money for education in Wisconsin

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It was like Christmas in Madison yesterday, as government and state agencies hoped the big present under the tree would have their name on it. They eagerly awaited the details of Governor Walker's plan for how state money will be spent as part of his two year budget proposal unveiled…

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Wednesday - February 8, 2017 8:58 am

Let people decide future of medical marijuana

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What could be wrong with letting the people decide? Two Wisconsin lawmakers are introducing legislation calling for a statewide advisory referendum on the issue of medical marijuana. They also are calling for passage of the Compassionit Cannibis Care Act, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the Badger…

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Monday - February 6, 2017 10:08 am

Time to talk about earlier start to school year

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In Wisconsin, it is not uncommon for students to still be in school in early June. Especially with our winter weather causing a number of school cancellations already this year. Those snow days have to be made up, often in what we used to call summer. Of course, there is…

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