As I See It

As I See It

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

If our lawmakers in Madison were wondering what they need to work on this legislative session, they can stop wondering. The courts have made it clear. Wisconsin needs to redraw its legislative boundaries by November so that the new map is in place for the 2018 election. The same judicial…

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Governor Walker and Wisconsin legislators have been big supports of education. Unfortunately, that support has been limited to a private education. While many school districts have struggled with reduced state funding, they have had to turn to referendum to keep operating. But those who send their children to private voucher…

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Thursday - January 26, 2017 9:33 am

Trump still screaming voter fraud

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Donald Trump just can't seem to get over the fact that he lost the popular vote. Not that it matters of course, since we elect Presidents through the Electoral College. But still Trump won't let it go. In fact, he is doubling down on his assertion that the only reason…

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Fixing the problems at Wisconsin's youth prison may prove to be an expensive undertaking. Especially now that a class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of current and former inmates at the Lincoln Hill School for Boys. That could cost taxpayers dearly. It didn't have to be this way. But…

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Tuesday - January 24, 2017 8:57 am

No more alternative facts

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President Trump is ready for war. With the media. Trump has long been a media basher, but stepped up his criticism over the weekend with his declaration that journalists are among the lowest life forms and that he has a running war with the media. His Press Secretary's very first…

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Monday - January 23, 2017 10:14 am

Tax windfall should pay for roads

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Now is the time to fix our roads. And it couldn't be easier to do. Wisconsin lawmakers have put off for years an agreement on how to pay for roads. As a result, Wisconsin's roads are now some of the worst in the nation. The roads we have built have…

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Friday - January 20, 2017 9:10 am

When enough evidence of global warming?

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It has been hard to know what to think about global warming. Since Al Gore first warned of a changing climate, we have seen scores of research that suggests indeed the planet is getting warmer, and other research suggesting recent changes are anomalies. We shouldn't have to wonder any more.…

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Thursday - January 19, 2017 9:35 am

Wisconsin should legalize marijuana oil

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If your child was sick, and the medicine that could help that child was illegal, wouldn't you want them to have it anyway? Dozens of parents in Wisconsin do, and continue to push lawmakers to legalize a controversial drug they say could help their sick children. These are children who…

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Wednesday - January 18, 2017 9:06 am

Wisconisn examines new police tactics

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Too many communities have been torn apart by a series of police shootings. It was a big issue across the nation in 2016, and in Wisconsin. Is there something police can do to prevent such incidents? A forum this week in Wisconsin seeks to provide answers to that question. The…

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Friday - January 13, 2017 9:19 am

New tax for La Crosse roads a longshot at best

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Many Wisconsin communities are growing tired of waiting for the state to act. They are frustrated with the inaction in Madison when it comes to fixing our crumbling roads. So they are taking matters into their own hands, approving things like local wheel taxes to raise money to pay for…

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