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Author: Op Ed

No longer the only voice of power, white men feel oppressed

“I signed up to fight Nazis 73 years ago and I’ll do it again if I have to. Hatred, bigotry, and fascism should have no place in this country.” – John Dingell, former Michigan Congressman Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression. Nobody is trying to legislate away their right to marry. Nobody is trying to make them buy insurance to pay for ‘male health care.’ The law never enslaved their great-grandparents, robbed their grandparents, imprisoned their parents, shot them when unarmed. There is no massive effort at the state and local level to disenfranchise them of the...

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Foxconn deal likely to create more jobs from its environmental disaster cleanup

In a short-sighted rush to give away Wisconsin’s resources to a multi-national corporation, state legislators are pushing to pass a bill to exempt the Foxconn manufacturing company from state environmental protection laws. Foxconn’s proposed 1,000-acre site is a major project that could have significant wetland and waterway impacts. The full scale of this exemption will depend on where the project will be located. But if this law passes, any wetland or waterway impacts wouldn’t be regulated under state environmental protection law. And any wetlands that are not under federal jurisdiction – Waters of the US – would be entirely...

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Rev. Willie E. Brisco: Transit routes in crisis

Milwaukee’s Community Brainstorming Conference will gather the public, community leaders, and key elected officials to discuss JobLines routes 6 and 61 on April 22. The routes are viable transit solutions to connect Milwaukee’s inner city workers with over 150 employers in Waukesha and Washington counties. The conversation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew C.M.E. Church at 2944 North 9th Street. Since the decline of industry and manufacturing in the city of Milwaukee in the 1970s, 80s and the 90s, there has been a steady deterioration of the middle class, especially in the inner...

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Op Ed: Olmsted’s Lake Park bridge spans history

The debate about preserving the elegant Ravine Road Bridge in Lake Park deserves the attention of every concerned citizen. Milwaukee County officials want to demolish the iconic bridge without the evaluation required by the National Register of Historic Places. Both the bridge and Lake Park are listed in the National Register. The caprice and expediency by which its removal is being pursued should be a concern to all citizens who care about Milwaukee County’s historic park. Whether you are a bicyclist, runner or weekend wanderer, the integrity of your park system is at risk. And this is not just...

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Op Ed: A case for the conservation of Asylum Grounds

“Twenty years ago ‘Save the County Grounds’ was the rallying that eventually led to a compromise on development that many thought had settled the matter.” – LuAnne Washburn The last unprotected part of the County Grounds is threatened with new development in a proposed City of Wauwatosa Master Plan and that cry is being raised again. As evidenced by the overwhelming public turnout at a recent Wauwatosa meeting about the Master Plan, the community still wants to save the County Grounds. The 60-acre parcel in question was once the County Asylum Grounds. The land, owned by Milwaukee County, has...

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Filmmaker Chip Duncan reflects on his study of the world

A WORLD VIEW It was bound to happen. My new American president tweeted a part of a statement that I feel deserves a public response. On Monday morning, in a tweet defending his policy on immigrants, refugees and visa holders entering the USA, the new president said “…study the world!” His statement was directed at the millions of people who have protested his policies since he took office. And, when it comes to “studying the world,” the president inserted himself directly into my wheelhouse. For the past 30 years, I’ve worked internationally as a filmmaker, photographer and writer. My...

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