Commentary

Jar for prescription drugs stuffed with hundred dollar bill representing high cost health care

Prescription drug costs relief awaits Senate action

BY: - December 20, 2021

For too long Wisconsinites have had to pay too much to get the prescription drugs that we depend on. We pay three times more for the same medications as people do in other countries, leaving many people having to ration pills or forgo essential medications altogether because of cost. In 2017, more than 20% of […]

I’m a janitor and a union member. This year I became an activist, too

BY: - December 15, 2021

Like many people, for much of my life I didn’t think elections were for me. Over my 57 years I would vote occasionally, but the reality was that I didn’t feel like anything I did would matter. COVID-19 and my union changed that for me, and now I want to share my story in hopes […]

Underly and Evers on the first day of school with kids outside on sidewalk

Stop playing politics and release the federal funds public schools needed a year ago

BY: - December 14, 2021

In May of this year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) put forward a fair and common-sense plan for allocating federal ESSER III funds (funds allocated by Congress for COVID relief) that was rejected by the Joint Finance Committee. Had it passed, the DPI plan would have quickly moved much needed funds to schools […]

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 10: Kyle Rittenhouse becomes emotional describing events leading up to the shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum as he testifies during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse shot three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while police attempted to arrest him in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 at the time of the shooting and armed with an assault rifle. He faces counts of felony homicide and felony attempted homicide. (Photo by Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images)

Stop calling Kyle Rittenhouse a hero. He killed two unarmed people

BY: - December 10, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot three men at a riot in Kenosha, killing two of them, was acquitted of all criminal charges. He has been hailed as a hero. He has been feted by politicians, including Donald Trump. He has been compared to John Wayne as a symbol of law-abiding people fighting back against lawlessness. When […]

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Coming together in a polarized political atmosphere

BY: - December 8, 2021

In the middle of one of the worst weeks in recent memory for democracy in Wisconsin, the Rotary Club of Madison hosted a luncheon with speakers from the group Braver Angels on Dec. 1, to talk about “starting conversations, not fights” and bringing people together across our gaping political divide. As the Rotarians met to […]

Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman leads the partisan review of the 2020 election. (YouTube | Office of the Special Counsel)

Michael Gableman, ugly offspring of Spiro Agnew and Joe McCarthy

BY: - December 6, 2021

If you missed Michael Gableman’s testimony at the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections on Wednesday, you’re a better person for it.Because you would not have enjoyed seeing this bully in action. Trust me.He was a toxic blend of Spiro Agnew and Joe McCarthy.He went after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s longtime Capitol reporter, Patrick […]

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When government and colleges come up short in meeting student needs, faculty unions step up

BY: and - December 1, 2021

Where can students turn for help with basic survival needs when their colleges and government programs fail them in a crisis? At a growing number of campuses, students are getting aid from the same people they turn to for classroom help: their professors. Halima is a Somalia-born dental technician student at Milwaukee Area Technical College […]

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones his hugged by a supporter after the jury convicted Travis McMichael in the trial of McMichael, his father, Greg McMichael, and neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, Wednesday at Glynn County Courthouse. The three defendants were found guilty Wednesday in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, Pool

Bookman: Guilty verdicts in Arbery killing give no pleasure, only relief

BY: - November 26, 2021

There’s no pleasure to be taken from the guilty verdicts returned Wednesday by a Glynn County jury in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery; there is only relief and thanksgiving that in the end justice could be done, at least in a case in which the evidence was so well-documented and seemingly obvious. Given that they […]

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After Waukesha Christmas parade massacre, trying to make sense of senseless violence

BY: - November 23, 2021

State Rep. Sara Rodriguez (D-Brookfield) was marching in the Christmas parade on Sunday afternoon with the Waukesha County Democrats and had just reached the end of the parade route when the crowd came surging up behind her. People were screaming and running from a red SUV that broke through police barricades and barreled into the […]

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 05: Kyle Rittenhouse looks back as the late Anthony Huber's great aunt, Susan Hughes, enters the courtroom during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 5, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while being arrested in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 at the time of the shooting and armed with an assault rifle. He faces counts of felony homicide and felony attempted homicide. (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)

Rittenhouse verdict flies in the face of legal standards for self-defense

BY: - November 22, 2021

In a two-week trial that reignited debate over self-defense laws across the nation, a Wisconsin jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse for shooting three people, two fatally, during a racial justice protest in Kenosha. The Wisconsin jury believed Rittenhouse’s claims that he feared for his life and acted in self-defense after he drove about 20 miles from […]

Protesters and the family of Jacob Blake hold a candle light vigil in Kenosha on Jan. 4, 2021. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Waiting for the Rittenhouse verdict as the world falls apart

BY: - November 19, 2021

While waiting for the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial, I stepped out to visit the principal at my kids’ high school — the same school I attended, Madison East. East has been in the local news a lot lately for a series of rowdy protests and fights, including a recent melee in which […]

Menominee River sign reading Clean Water Maters on a cut out fish

Legislative roadblocks force DNR to abandon water pollution protections

BY: - November 18, 2021

In early 2019, a drinking water study in rural southwest Wisconsin captured headlines across the state. An alarming 42% of the private wells sampled were contaminated with bacteria or nitrates or both, rendering the water unsafe to drink. The study came on the heels of other concerning well test results in northeast, central and western […]