On a warm and muggy Thursday afternoon last month, I joined hundreds of people assembled to participate in a celebration of life for Jeff Fox of Janesville. We stood in line for hours to pay our respects. Despite the heat and long line no complaints were heard, just lots of quiet conversation amid a somber mood.
Three years ago, I inadvertently landed on a YouTube episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," and my heart stopped when I heard the bells introducing the theme music. When Rogers started singing his signature greeting, I burst into tears.
Let me begin by stating I was bullied as a kid. It was a difficult time. I was fortunate to have a family system that supported me and helped me through it, even though I didn’t agree with or understand their reasoning at the time. I do now. It shaped how I addressed similar situations with …
This week, President Trump went to Singapore to meet with the most repressive dictator on the planet, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un. Kim presides over a slave state of 25 million people, with gulags stacked with hundreds of thousands of political dissidents. He has diligently pursu…
Giving in to pressure from its workforce, Google recently announced that it is pulling out of Project Maven, a groundbreaking Pentagon program to harness artificial intelligence to sift through and interpret video imagery from drones. The move came after an uprising by 4,000 Google employees who signed a letter urging the company to cancel Project Maven and promise to never "build warfare technology." Google should be ashamed.
Well, the so-called peace summit with North Korea has come and gone. And as anyone with a scintilla of intellect could’ve predicted, Trump made a fool of himself.
History encourages persistence, despite setbacks, and the Korean Peninsula is an especially important example. The summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un underscores this. The meeting has been primarily symbolic but may lead to diplomatic relat…
That was quite a show Donald Trump put on in Canada. Insulting our closest friends and trading partners while sucking up to Russian leader Vladimir Putin—well, that got people’s attention. As Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium, tweeted, “Just tell us what Vladimir has on you. …
There will be few tears for Aaron Persky. California voters gave the Superior Court judge his walking papers last week. Persky, the state’s first judge to be recalled since 1932, became a target of national fury two years ago when he sentenced Brock Turner, a Stanford University student convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman after she got drunk at a party.
Charles Krauthammer, a man who has beaten unbelievable odds and overcome obstacles that would defeat most mortals, has finally encountered one foe over which he says he can't claim victory.
If your contention is that President Donald Trump has the propensity to sound like a bully and an authoritarian, I’m with you. If you’re arguing that Trump’s rhetoric is sometimes coarse and unpresidential, I can’t disagree. I’m often turned off by the aesthetic and tonal quality of his pres…
Native-American tribes that operate Wisconsin casinos are carefully reviewing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision giving all states the option of legalizing and regulating sports betting.
I have been uncharacteristically silent these past 10 months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I'm afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.
President Trump’s sound and fury on immigration has delivered close to nothing. Trump never lets up, thundering against “illegal aliens” as a criminal class while pushing his enforcers to treat the impoverished ones without mercy. But actually, illegal immigration is again rising—and signifi…
This week, the Supreme Court ruled on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. That case involved a religious Christian man, Jack Phillips, who decorates cakes for a living. Two men came into his shop one day and demanded that Phillips decorate a cake for their same-sex wedding. Phillips refused. For this grave breach of civic duty, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission referred his case for prosecution, ruling that he had breached the customers' rights to receive service.
Whataboutism is a “logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument.” Thank you, Wikipedia.
Local journalism is at the core of what we do at The Gazette, and we’ve had to make some difficult choices to ensure our newsroom can continue its award-winning work.
On the evidence of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s CNN interview over the weekend, the likely next speaker of the House is a mindless sycophant and a threat to the constitutional order.
The summer before his freshman year of college, David Hernandez got a notice from the University of California asking him for a housing deposit he had no idea was due.
Supreme Court Justice William Bablitch was mad. For years, he had started his Capitol day work by picking up one of the court’s copies of the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper and catching up on the news.
Last week, the British police arrested Tommy Robinson, founder and former leader of the English Defence League, a far-right anti-Islam group. Robinson is a controversial character, to be sure, a sort of Milo Yiannopoulos lite. His chief focus is on the threat of radical Islam, which he belie…
With consumer confidence at a 17-year high and economic prospects looking relatively strong, congressional Democrats have taken to grousing about the gas pump as a midterm strategy. “These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices,” declared Senate Minority Leader Chuc…
At a duel, each man is allowed to choose a doctor to accompany him. At the most famous duel in American history—Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr, 1804—both men chose Dr. Hosack.
Of course, I’m jealous of Ivanka Trump—because any criticism of another woman has to be jealousy, according to the letters I shall receive. In the following order, I want her wardrobe, hair, makeup, private transportation and height (5’11”)—and all of her trademarks in China.
Imagine the horror of learning you have a terminal illness for which science has not yet come up with a treatment. Now imagine receiving the same diagnosis, and then learning a promising new treatment exists that could save your life -- but you can't get access to it thanks to governmental obstacles.
Roseanne Barr’s divorce from civilization started 28 years ago. Given the honor of singing the national anthem at a San Diego Padres-Cincinnati Reds game, she shrieked the words and, upon concluding, spit at the ground and scratched her crotch. All choreographed for a national TV audience.
It may overstate it to call this weekend’s state Democratic Party convention put up or shut up time for the out-of-power party. But not by much.
We’re going to try something different today. Rather than pontificate yet again upon the motives of Donald Trump’s supporters, I’ll let a few of them explain themselves in their own words.
If the Justice Department and FBI are, as we’ve been told incessantly over the past year, not merely patriots but consummate professionals incapable of being distracted by partisanship or petty Washington intrigues, why are Donald Trump’s antagonists freaking out over the fact that an inspec…
The recent rash of videos showing white people lashing out against blacks and Hispanics isn't just because everyone is carrying around an internet-connected camera in their pocket.
After months of pretending to be normal and reasonable on the diplomatic stage, North Korea's mask has slipped, and Pyongyang is back to threatening a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown" that will "make the U.S. taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now."