Commentary

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Robin Vos holds it together

BY: - May 25, 2022

When Robin Vos is the voice of reason, you know you’re in trouble. At the Republican state convention last weekend, delegates booed lustily when Assembly Speaker Robin Vos had the temerity to state the plain facts: There is no way to recall the results of the 2020 election, remove President Joe Biden, and re-install Donald […]

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - MAY 15: People visit a makeshift memorial outside of Tops market on May 15, 2022 in Buffalo. A gunman opened fire at the store killing ten people and wounding another three. The attack was believed to be motivated by racial hatred. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Seizing on tragedy, Republicans seem determined to make things worse

BY: - May 18, 2022

There is no shortage of godawful news to turn into fodder for this year’s political campaigns. True to form, Wisconsin Republicans are preparing for their political convention this weekend by putting out statements seeking to one-up each other in a game of Who’s the Toughest in response to the shootings last Friday night outside the […]

Crowds arrive for the "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The terrible toll of white nationalism

BY: - May 17, 2022

Revulsion is too tame a word for what I’ve been feeling ever since the heinous racist massacre in Buffalo on Saturday. But I can’t say that I’m surprised by it. Because this is the natural outcome when political leaders and media hotshots traffic in hatred and bigotry. This is what happens when Donald Trump blows […]

Pile of money

In an unprecedented economic recovery, why are we only talking about inflation?

BY: - May 16, 2022

The latest jobs report shows that the U.S. economy continues its rapid recovery from the pandemic crisis. Employers added 428,000 new jobs in April, continuing a now-year-long streak of similarly strong job growth. After surging to a post-World War II high of 14.7% in 2020, unemployment is now down to 3.6%, the lowest level in […]

Pig farm

It’s hard to ignore some facts about the largest hog Confined Animal Feed Operation in Wisconsin

BY: - May 12, 2022

After the so-called Roth II hog factory in the town of Marietta, Crawford County, was granted a Wisconsin Pollution Elimination Discharge Permit by the Department of Natural Resources, Forest Jahnke, a  longtime opponent of such giant operations told me, “To me, it says a CAFO of any type and size can be sited anywhere in […]

Father and daughter

The ACA helped us afford our daughter’s brain surgery. We need to build on its legacy.

BY: - May 11, 2022

It was a humid night in India when my 11-year-old daughter Merlin lost the ability to use her right arm. She was happily playing with friends at a class party when her fingertips started to grow numb. Within minutes, her entire arm was tingling and limp. We returned to our home concerned, but within the […]

AZ abortion rights protest

Overturning Roe v. Wade, part of the ‘war on women,’ will leave blood on the hands of the GOP

BY: - May 10, 2022

There’s a reason the Declaration of Independence reads “all men are created equal” and not “all men and women are created equal.” Simply stated, the Founding Founders were all white guys who didn’t think women were their equals. In fact, the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution after that, basically regarded women […]

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court as justices were hearing arguments in a Mississippi abortion ban case. Photo by Jane Norman/States Newsroom.

The wholly unsurprising fate of Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 9, 2022

Being a woman in this country often feels like an exercise in futility. It’s repeatedly baring your soul and sharing your personal and intimate stories in hopes of proving that you deserve basic rights, only to be slapped in the face with decisions that explicitly negate your own experience. It is exhausting. I am rarely rendered speechless, […]

We’ve been warned! Authoritarianism can happen here

BY: - May 5, 2022

The other day, I went to the Great Hall at the University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union to listen to a lecture about our democracy at risk. It was given by NYU history professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of “Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present.” You may have seen her on MSNBC or CNN. She really knows […]

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‘We saw this day coming’ — midwives prepare to protect abortion access in Wisconsin

BY: - May 4, 2022

The morning after the terrible news broke about the draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v Wade, I called my homebirth midwife, Ingrid Andersson. Ingrid is my hero. She helped me have all three of my daughters at home. No one is more dedicated to women’s health and bodily autonomy, to creating a warm, nurturing […]

DHS reversal puts seniors at risk

BY: - May 3, 2022

On April 21, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) rescinded the citations it had issued to a senior health care facility for having violated state law when it evicted my mother, Elaine Benz, last fall. No reason was given for the state’s reversal. My sister, Diane, and I, who have power of attorney for […]