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Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
A popular epithet among young people these days is “hater.” They really don’t like intolerance. More of us should start calling out hatred when we see it. That is especially true when one of our two major political parties has made a conscious decision to openly appeal to haters. The current debate in the Senate over allowing gay people willing to risk their lives for their...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
I was way ahead of the media uproar over the latest airport security procedures that include either zapping passengers with radiation to look under their clothing or feeling them up. I’ve long opposed the rituals of pretend airport security. My wife gets very nervous whenever Transportation...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010
At a time when Republicans are once again vowing to kill health care for human beings, great strides are being made in improving health care for all those deer Wisconsin hunters are going out to blow away this week. Concern for deer health has always been a major concern of the state...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010
Politicians sometimes paint themselves into corners where they have to choose between doing something stupid or committing the dreaded political sin of flip-flopping. That is the absurd position Gov.-elect Scott Walker has put himself in on the issue of building high-speed rail...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010
The loss of Russ Feingold, one of the country’s great progressive senators, to an absolute zero was tragic, but it’s the election of Republican Scott Walker as governor that will have a profound effect on...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
It’s taken decades for a state to find the political courage to put legalization of the widely used and relatively innocuous drug marijuana on the ballot. Lest anyone think Wisconsin is ready to jump onto some sort of bandwagon edging toward rationality, local politicians have been falling all over each other recently to expand laws against pot to include non-pot. It seems the most fiendish villains preying...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010
The cruelest irony would be for Sen. Russ Feingold, a progressive populist in the mold of Wisconsin icon Robert La Follette, to be defeated by a millionaire businessman in the mold of Fighting Bob’s rapacious, robber...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Election Day is still a few weeks away, but the right-wing campaign to try to frighten African Americans and Latinos from casting their ballots has no intention of waiting until the last minute to start intimidating voters.
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010
What is truth? It’s the sort of deep, philosophical question that can keep college kids arguing passionately and earnestly far into the night. One thing is clear, however, about the nature of truth in Wisconsin’s...