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Wisconsin is in a rapidly-shrinking minority of states that have not legalized marijuana,  one of only ten in the country . Our immediate neighbors are way ahead of us.  Illinois has … more
One of my responsibilities as Chairman of the Assembly Workforce Development and Economic Opportunities Committee has been to ensure that our local businesses have access to the talent they need to … more
Certain segments of our society insist that minor children have a constitutional right to read or view whatever they choose in public schools.  And that educators know better than … more
When my wife told me that Pierce County Health Department employees had picked “branding” as one of their top priorities for the next two years, I felt very nervous for all the patients … more
This week finally broke me. Life has been wearing at me for a while, like swirling water against a stone. I pride myself on keeping it together, especially in tough times. But I was broken this … more
Memorial Day weekend is the sort-of unofficial start to summer even though the solstice is still a few weeks away. In my neck of the woods it’s been the measuring stick for when to plant … more
Every year, it gives me great pleasure to remind everyone of the importance of Memorial Day and to encourage everyone to remember this day and the courage it represents. As we continue to see … more
Memorial Day is almost upon us, and it reminds me of the days when I was a kid and marched to Lincoln Cemetery with the high school band and heard the American Legion commander read the names of the … more
Whenever I see red geraniums, I think of Memorial Day and my grandparents. When I was a little girl, I accompanied my grandparents on their Memorial weekend rounds. My grandma took the duty very … more
I have a confession to make that will not shock long time readers of this column or anyone who knows me. I have toys in the attic. Yes I am a little eccentric and strange, but in this case … more
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. Wisconsin's state constitution also affirms the right to bear arms for self-defense, defense … more
My wife has mentioned that the worst part of growing up without a father (her parents divorced when she was seven) was that two years prior the family had moved from the “home farm” to … more
Inspired by the question “What would Wisconsin be like without its 13 public university campuses?” that UW System President Jay Rothman has been asking, I am now posing that question to … more
I’m not going to lie. I learned not to expect much fuss on Mother’s Day. Since becoming a mom and stepmom, it’s been forgotten by my family a few times. I realize children … more
Thirty-nine-year-old U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher has only been in Congress since 2017. Yet, Democrats didn't oppose him in his 2022 reelection race. He rolled to a big victory in the once swingy 8th … more
Broadband development is important to Western Wisconsin’s economic growth, educational prospects, and overall quality of life. Legislators, like me, want to bridge the digital divide and ensure … more
The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on first name: Jim last name: Camery address: W11860 County Road FF … more
Sunday, May 14 is a big day for moms. It’s an even bigger day for sons, daughters, in-laws, and outlaws to come through in the clutch. The term clutch is as subtle as Effort vs. Results, … more
A unanimous voice vote by the Wisconsin Senate on a piece of legislation is a rare occurrence. But that’s what happened on April 19, when state senators approved a bill to undo a decision by … more
With my wife and me bereft of both mothers and offspring, Mother’s Day somehow gets swept under the rug in our household. But as the nostalgia of old age creeps over us, I think more and more … more
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