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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
Appropriately, much has been made of the historic election of the first African American president of the United States. But President Barack Obama’s inaugural address made it clear his presidency is historic in another very important way as well. We have elected a president who actually believes in government.
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Republicans lack solutions, prefer status quo

Would it be rude to ask whether the Republicans have any new proposals to save the country from this worsening recession? The question arises not because anyone expects the minority party to burst forth with creative ideas, but because conservatives in Congress and the media seem so determined to thwart...
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

His ultraconservative stance means the county will get stiffed

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is once again being accused of putting his political ambitions above the needs of struggling Milwaukee taxpayers. Walker has stated that he’d refuse to participate in President-elect Barack Obama’s plan to stimulate the economy by investing in job-rich public works...
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
This is not about the merits about the paid-sick days referendum recently passed by an overwhelming majority of Milwaukee voters. Convincing arguments both against and for the law, which will require city employers to provide up to 9 paid sick days to their employees, were made to the public previous to the polling date. The referendum passed and is scheduled to become law on Feb. 10.
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

Advocating for the Felmers O. Chaney Correctional Center’s programming

Even in a good job market, the most difficult to employ are those with a criminal record and a minimal employment history.And if you’re a black male in Wisconsin with a criminal record, you have only a 5% chance of getting a callback from an employer when searching for a job. So when the Felmers...
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009

State Rep. Barbara Toles talks about the new Legislature

After Democrats won control of the state Assembly in November, it was assumed that Milwaukee’s representatives would hold more power. Yet, once the secret ballots were counted, Milwaukee’s Democratic representatives were shut out of top leadership positions. But Milwaukee Democrat Barbara Toles...
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

Clearing up misinformation about the auto industry’s troubles

Nearly every current poll shows that most Americans oppose federal assistance for General Motors, Chrysler and Ford, which must be worrying news for members of Congress as they ponder whether to support the proposed $15 billion emergency loan package. Political analysts warn of the consequences for lawmakers...
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

A brief catalog of Bush administration failures

I don’t know what his beef is,” President George W. Bush told a reporter after an Iraqi journalist hurled a shoe at him and yelled “This is your farewell kiss, you dog!” during a press conference in Baghdad. Although Bush may be clueless about why Muntadar al-Zaidi reacted so strongly, the president could take a trip...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008
Milwaukee police praised a central-city mother who called them to turn in her own kids after she recognized them robbing a gas station on one of those ubiquitous surveillance videos broadcast on local TV. I don’t think I could do that. I don’t support crime. I’m not an advocate of “no snitch.”
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

Gates has more in common with Obama than Bush

As Barack Obama makes his way through the transition to power, he is learning the steps of an old dance. Having promised change, he now surrounds himself with experience. Having poured scorn not only on the Bush administration but at times on the Clinton administration as well, he...

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