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Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
Just two weeks into the new year, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke claims he already has a $5 million budget shortage that will force him to shut down major programs in his department. That should immediately prompt the public to question not only Sheriff Clarke’s management skills, but also his political motives for such an extraordinary announcement...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010
One of the things that killed all those idyllic small towns that conservatives remember so fondly, the towns with white picket fences and vanilla populations to match, was shopping malls...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010
The attempted airplane bombing on Christmas Day should set off waves of dread among anyone who flies, and not just as a reminder that there are people in the world eager to blow airliners and their passengers to smithereens. We are still overwhelmingly more likely to die as a result of getting into our cars...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009
2009 began with exhilarating promise for Wisconsin Democrats after the state’s landslide support for President Barack Obama helped them win the Assembly, giving them control of the governor’s office and both houses of the Legislature. Somewhere along the way, however, Democrats decided they were far more...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009
Why would Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, running for governor, continue an apparently losing fight on a controversial local issue that doesn’t gain him any votes statewide and tears apart his political base at home? Barrett’s attempt to seize control of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) from the elected school board failed to muster enough support in the Legislature last week...
Taking Liberties
Monday, Dec. 14, 2009
On my morning talk radio show, I am regularly bedeviled by a black conservative who detests President Barack Obama and parrots extreme arguments he’s heard on right-wing radio. The caller identifies himself as H.S., which tells you everything you need to know. He says it stands for House Slave. Recently, H.S. was insisting Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett would have to scale back his opposition to concealed carry and support...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009
For many adults, the only thing more troubling than thinking about their children having sex should be not thinking about it. Health officials and other brave leaders within Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) have done a public service by proposing free condoms be made available to high-school students to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
Many Milwaukeeans are justifiably paranoid whenever they hear talk about regional economic development. That comes from years of watching corporate leaders move jobs out of the city into surrounding counties. Now the co-chairman of the Milwaukee 7, an organization allegedly formed to promote...
Taking Liberties
Monday, Nov. 23, 2009
In a daring experiment in elementary education, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has joined with Wisconsin deer hunters to teach 10-year-old children to blow away animals with guns. Hunting enthusiasts don’t describe it quite so bluntly, of course. They make it sound like joining the Sierra Club...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
Opportunities to make history in politics rarely adhere to any candidate’s plans. They open up unexpectedly for those who seize the moment. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was an ambitious, young politician who almost certainly envisioned he would run for president...