DART — To drivers who don’t slow down and adjust their habits to deal with snowy, icy conditions. Winter is making an early arrival in our area and some drivers need a reminder that they can’t stop on a dime while driving on roads topped with snow and ice. Two people were taken to a hospital a week ago after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94. No citations were issued, but authorities noted that one driver was traveling too fast for the snowy and icy conditions.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has just been appointed chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the committee that oversees tax policy. Ryan, whose district includes Kenosha County, said this week he is determined to make progress on reforming the U.S. tax code.
We wish him well in that effort — we think. Ryan so far has not been specific about his tax reforms, and the details are important. Tax reform is a popular subject in general, but every specific proposal has enemies. It’s impossible to judge a tax reform plan without knowing specifically what’s in it.
Eighteen months have passed since we moved to Kenosha, and I really feel like this is home now.
It was a slow, gradual process, but my husband and I recently realized how much different it feels now than when we first arrived in April of 2013.
Bad vibrations, as hip types used to say way back in the 1960s.
The President of the United States travels to Texas to mitigate factional strife in his Democratic Party, and on Nov. 22, 1963 is gunned down on a Dallas street. Two days later, alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is shot by small-time hustler Jack Ruby.
May 20, 2017 — President Scott Walker, still basking in the glow of his electoral honeymoon, having won the presidency by a landslide with the catchphrase: Walker: Decisive Action, indicates he is “really really close” to a final decision on the Kenosha Hard Rock Casino.
Sept. 2, 2019 — Kenoshans celebrate the first ever Management Day (formerly Labor Day). Instead of picnics and barbecues, Kenoshans make a brief appearance at work, and then sit in their nice cars playing Candy Crush Saga VII and shopping online.
Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually.
Obama’s decision to back away from our government’s policy of ripping apart the families of undocumented immigrants has called forth utterly contradictory responses from Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and progressives. It should now be clear that the two sides don’t see the facts, the law or history in the same way.
Don’t tax you, don’t tax me. Tax that feller behind the tree.
Or better yet, don’t call it a tax at all: Call it a fine, forfeiture, fee. Really, any word except “tax” will do.
If this were a real breakthrough, I’d be an enthusiastic supporter. I have long advocated for a tangible global agreement to curb carbon. I do remain skeptical about the arrogant, ignorant claim that climate science is “settled,” that it can predict with accuracy future “global warming” effects and that therefore we must cut emissions radically, immediately and unilaterally if necessary, even at potentially ruinous economic and social cost.
I nonetheless believe (and have written since 1988) that pumping increasing amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere cannot be a good thing. We don’t know nearly enough about the planet’s homeostatic mechanisms for dealing with it, but prudence would dictate reducing CO2 emissions when and where we can.