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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week

The Journal Sentinel did an investigative series on day care providers, which is good, but the paper’s sensationalized coverage was disgraceful. If there is fraud, it should be prosecuted, but the vast majority of the cases being labeled as fraud simply appear to be reporting errors. It is similar to the person who puts a number...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

Many people are critical when they learn that government gives direct financial assistance to private developers. But rather than complaining, two advocacy and organizing groups—the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) and the Good Jobs Coalition—are urging that workers see some...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Plus Jerks and Letters of the Week

North Shore residents elected Democrat Sandra Pasch in November because they felt her long career in health care and sensitivity to providers and patients would result in sensible legislation. Pasch has just delivered on that promise by introducing a bill in the state Assembly that protects women who breast-feed. If approved...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

Plus Jerks and Blogs of the Week

He was unknown to most people before the Shepherd Express profiled him in a cover story on Sept. 22, 2005, but Milwaukee’s Will Allen is now enjoying the national spotlight for his revolutionary agricultural innovations. Allen, who received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2008, launched the urban farm Growing Power...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

School-Reform Push Poll Masquerading as Truth

If you’ve donated to the Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA), you should ask for your money back. The pro-voucher “reform” group commissioned a poll on voters’ attitudes before Milwaukee Public Schools board members face voters in April. But the poll, which ASA leaders are presenting as scientific, is anything...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

Health care reform continues to be a major issue in the presidential campaign even as economic problems dominate the headlines. Voters want a better and more secure system of health insurance. The interesting fact is that the health care debate is no longer between those who want to reform the system and those...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week

Issue: The Paid Sick Days coalition, led by the working women’s group 9to5 Milwaukee, collected more than 42,000 signatures in support of a referendum that will likely be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot. Jerk: On July 16, the conservative syndicated host said this about autistic children: “In 99% of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.’”
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week

When Rep. F. Jim Sensenbrenner tried to score cheap political points by demonizing undocumented workers, did he really think that rounding up, detaining and imprisoning almost 400 meatpacking plant workers in Postville, Iowa, would be good for the nation—or his Republican Party? According to an essay by court...
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Plus Summerfest, Army try to put smiley face on war

Last week, in a split decision, the conservative activist wing of the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of a long-standing handgun ban in Washington, D.C. While it affirmed the right of individuals to possess guns, it also left intact some restrictions, including a local licensing law. The decision could have implications for...

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