Tight labor market reducing racial unemployment gap

A persistently strong macroeconomy is highly potent medicine for treating economic inequities, including racial ones.

Out-of-pocket health costs aren't that high

We believe health insurance should involve more protection against very high costs, even as it provides more exposure to small ones. That's effectively what is happening.

Only politically correct speech tolerated at Marquette

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has an opportunity to correct an injustice that saw a professor fired simply because he defended a student's right to debate an idea.

Top 10 interesting numbers from 2017

The World Economic Forum says all the plastic trash floating in the ocean will outweigh all the fish by 2050.

How China got a U.S. senator to do its political bidding

By using his power to protect China from accountability on human rights, a U.S. senator compromised American values and helped perpetuate the suffering of innocent people abroad.

Diversity workshop shows feminists are own worst enemies

The workshop leader was the worst, egging on members of the forming group to charge “privilege” toward every accomplishment of every white woman. She was bullying and encouraging bullying, and I said so.

On Christmas, Trump's decision makes Holy Land peace more elusive

As Christmas arrives, the Trump decision on Jerusalem does nothing to move the Holy Land closer toward peace.

Perfecting the art of the self deal

For a president dogged with accusations that he is personally profiting off the presidency, such a massive giveaway to the very hedge-fund managers and real estate executives he promised to confront adds to the stench of self-dealing that engulfs...

Economy is revving. Will Trump get credit?

On the economy, Republicans have always been forced to combat a double standard in much of the media.

Is bipartisan Supreme Court ruling restricting gerrymandering in the works?

Is the Supreme Court about to cause great political upheaval by getting into the business of policing the worst partisan gerrymanders? Signs suggest it well might.


Rediscovering America: A Quiz on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The quiz from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio provides an opportunity to test your knowledge of the civil rights leader.

Confessions of a state rep: 'We need to be tough and disciplined ... Don't hold your breath'

Urban writes that her critics completely miss the point and actually aid and abet the current dysfunction in how the state budgets.

Recalling Jim Turner, the man who saved EB

In his southern gentlemanly way, Turner suggested that moving to non-defense manufacturing wasn’t an option for EB. He was fighting to keep the company in the submarine building business.

Protecting 'Dreamers' is good for the country

These Dreamers are getting an education, starting businesses, serving in our military, and contributing to our economy. Yet, their version of the American Dream is now out of their hands.

Urban's animus toward Amistad ignores recent success

The local state rep has permitted her well-founded disappointment with the failure of the first organization to fuel a continuing opposition to any continuing support for Amistad.

The legal obligation to educationally prepare all our children

The legislature and governor had ample opportunity to address the state Supreme Court’s concerns, and they did not effectively do so.

This president will not be silent on Iran

President Barack Obama repeatedly failed to express America's solidarity with the Iranian protesters. President Donald Trump has taken a different course.

Study suggests slow Puerto Rico recovery could enhance PTSD among residents

Studies show that those who remain in place after a disaster have the worst long-term psychological problems, particularly if the recovery is slow.

Five tough lessons Congress learned in President Trump's first year

A warning to congressmen who are thinking about crossing Trump: If you ask Republican voters to choose between you and Trump, right now, they'll choose Trump.

The opioid crisis isn't just about negligence. It's about complicity.

This isn't just a story of simple negligence; it's a story about whether drug manufacturers and distributors turned a willfully blind eye toward illegal drug trafficking.


Let states deal with the marijuana issue

Before federal authorities, under the direction of the attorney general, start raiding marijuana dispensaries, handcuffing cancer patients or busting...

Despite ugly rhetoric, work to save DACA

Suggesting Democrats “don’t really want it (DACA),” is a lie. Democrats would happily approve a law extending the provisions of...

Nystrom off to good start, but Norwich agenda must include CCD tax

One area Nystrom does not appear eager to explore is the back-breaking and development discouraging special tax that property owners must pay in the...


Columnist Eugene Robinson

Trump rejects American ideals of diversity

Republicans say they want a "merit-based" system of immigration. But what it appears Trump really wants is a race-based immigration system.

Columnist Margaret Sullivan

Conveying Trump's words is no easy task

Commentators and opinion writers who made logical, principled arguments helped bring context to the president's comments. But that kind of...

Columnist Paul Choiniere

Tong misplays bigot card in attack on Herbst

Herbst’s comments appeared to line up with traditional conservative versus liberal debate when it comes to the role of the courts. It was a...