Recent Columns

Apr 2013: All the news — about him

Turns out those mysterious, thundering booms rattling the poor folks of Clintonville a while back probably weren’t earthquakes after all. They were, I suspect, the sound of a local newspaper … Read full column »»

Apr 2013: Auto body repair shops love Wisconsin’s licensing laws

There’s something about driving around in Wisconsin that has always amazed me: the fact that you don’t have to really understand English in order to do it. “There is not … Read full column »»

Apr 2013: The rest of the story needs to be told in Clintonville

Turns out those mysterious, thundering booms rattling the poor folks of Clintonville a while back probably weren’t earthquakes after all. They were, I suspect, the sound of a local newspaper … Read full column »»

Apr 2013: A landmark case worries private property owners

Joe Fazio doesn’t own Commerce State Bank. Shareholders do. But he runs the little place that has a branch in West Bend and another across the street from a custard … Read full column »»

Mar 2013: Sadly, Badgers losing out to cottontails

This being Easter season, I will try my best to ignore the decimated holly bush in my backyard, the one I paid a lot of money for just last summer … Read full column »»

Mar 2013: Wisconsin winging it; budget cuts will not kill us.

Jim Retzlaff has a pretty basic observation about pilots that a lot of people seem to have forgotten: “We don’t want to die.” I know where you think I’m going … Read full column »»

Mar 2013: We’re just keeping up the tradition in state of bizarre politicians

We’re not New York or Chicago. We’re a little more modest. A gourmet restaurant in the Badger State is a place that offers more than one type of cheese on … Read full column »»

Mar 2013: Chavez and our like-minded Wisconsin left

The death of Hugo Chavez, the anti-American socialist who inspired an almost messianic fervor among many Venezuelans – and some Wisconsinites – has a lot of people in Washington pondering … Read full column »»

Mar 2013: We should think better of the wealthy

Here’s a little test: You’re out one night with some friends who have just filed their tax returns. One of them drinks too much brandy (this is Wisconsin, after all) … Read full column »»

Feb 2013: Bloviating Clarke has nothing better to do

Sheriffs are still kind of a big deal in some places in Wisconsin. In rural and even suburban counties ranging from Washington to Adams to Polk to Price, they fight … Read full column »»