Today's Opinion

The future of the voter ID law

Wisconsin residents’ opinions about requiring a photo ID to vote can be very far apart. That’s true of the state’s judges as well.

Justice Crooks sees Act 10 clearly

Act 10, the law passed in 2011 that restricts the collective bargaining rights for most public employees, does not violate the state constitution, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The BadgerCare-Obamacare gap

Gov. Scott Walker made it a point to put his own stamp on the way the Affordable Care Act is implemented in Wisconsin.

Local Columnists

Some numbers for the Kennedy Park debate

By Steve Lund

Which do you think has more traffic, the city’s electric streetcar line or Kennedy Drive?

Four Oaks at midnight

By Dave Klimisch

My wife deployed to the war zone in March, 2003. On St. Patrick's Day, she enjoyed a green MRE as part of the medical staff onboard the USS Tarawa. At the same time, I was managing as Mr. Mom with two youngsters and a baby, having recently moved from D.C. to Florida. New to the area, I was still developing relationships, changing diapers and worrying constantly about my wife.

For spring break, I loaded the kids and drove 10 hours back to D.C. Around midnight, after a brief ship-to-shore satellite call with my bride, our seven-month old threw up all over his clothes and car seat. The retching sound and pungent smell woke the other kids, filling my minivan with very tired cries.

International community shows strength after Flight 17 tragedy

By Arthur I. Cyr

The criminal destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine has been compounded by de facto desecration of the remains of those killed. The crash site has also been severely contaminated.

Sloppy treatment of both the human remains and the aircraft wreckage confirm that committed thugs and killers cannot be trusted to carry out either humane or forensic tasks. We already knew that.

Syndicated Columnists

Kerry the Clueless


The talks also undermined Egypt’s cease-fire proposal, which Israel had accepted and Hamas rejected. “Kerry tried through his latest plan to destroy the Egyptian bid,” charged a senior Palestinian official quoted in the Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat — a peace plan that the PA itself had supported.

It gets worse. Kerry did not just trample an Egyptian initiative. It was backed by the entire Arab League and specifically praised by Saudi Arabia. With the exception of Qatar — more a bank than a country — the Arabs are unanimous in wanting to see Hamas weakened, if not overthrown. The cease-fire-in-place they backed would have denied Hamas any reward for starting this war, while what Kerry brought back from Paris granted practically all of its demands.

Hulsey campaign a losing proposition

By Bill Lueders

Brett Hulsey arrives for an interview at a downtown Madison cafe and points to the loafers on his feet.

“The Associated Press accused me of running a shoestring campaign,” he announces with a gap-toothed grin, before setting the record straight. “I can’t afford shoestrings.”

The GOP’s impeachment two-step


If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.

There is a reason why impeachment is a big deal in Washington this week. It’s not just because a call to defend President Obama motivates the Democrats’ base, although it surely does. John Boehner is having trouble countering fears that House Republicans will eventually try to oust the president because the speaker’s colleagues have spent years tossing around impeachment threats as a matter of routine.

Politics in Video

Voice of the People

Zoerner had a big impact at Wilmot High

Kenosha has enough play areas; keep road open
Regulations, taxes send American jobs overseas

Pets in carriers pose no threat at outdoor events
Beth has been a forward-thinking sheriff

It was a great weekend in downtown Kenosha
Park improvements have taken years
Penalty for drunken driver was not sufficient

Palestinians built tunnels instead of creating jobs
Silver Lake can’t just wait for change