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The Humane Progressive: Beyond Econ 101


BY FRANK MCCANDLESS The Great social philosopher George Carlin hypothesized that in the United States, there are three kinds of social classes: the rich who make all the money and pay none of the taxes; the middle class who pay all the taxes and do all the work; and the poor who are there to scare the shit out of ... Read More »

The Winds of Change at O’so


BY LEE REIHERZER Have a discussion with Marc Butera about his brewery and you’ll notice there’s a word that visits the conversation again and again: Fun. Butera is obviously having it. Talk to him about the taproom that he operates in conjunction with O’so Brewing in Plover and you’ll find out what Butera’s idea of fun is all about. “We ... Read More »

Minimum Wage Hike


BY DAVID A. HAYFORD It’s time to give America a raise,” piously proclaimed President Obama recently. He is pushing for legislation to increase the minimum wage for $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, an increase of $2.85 or nearly 40 percent. That, plus immigration reform, are his domestic priorities. Of course, as with any issue in D.C., politics are involved. He ... Read More »

Obamacare: Health Beat vs. Wealth Beat


BY TONY PALMERI Last month in what some in the punditocracy view as a dire warning for pro-Affordable Care Act (i.e., ACA or Obamacare) Democrats heading into November’s midterm elections, Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. David Weigel’s piece released two days before the election (“Obamacare’s Ground Zero”) lent ... Read More »

Richie Ramone — ‘Something in My Drink’


By Dave Hedstrom Richard Reinhardt is back. Back as Richie Ramone that is. Following his much-publicized break up from The Ramones, Richard was no longer interested in being a rock star; he gave up playing drums and returned to his birth name. For 10 years he withdrew from the music industry completely and survived by living on royalties from his ... Read More »

Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp


BY JANE SPIETZ WHAT: Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp, with Orchestra WHERE:  Northern Lights Theater, Milwaukee WHEN: April 30 – May 3, 2014 COST: $84/$78/$72 INFO:  English rock band Supertramp co-founders Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies brought us such classics as “The Logical Song,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Give A Little Bit,” “Goodbye Stranger,” “Dreamer,” “Breakfast in ... Read More »

News and Releases from Around the State


The WI Legislature should leave CCAP alone!  Brett Healy, president of the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, and Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, released the following statement today regarding Senate Bill (SB) 526, which would greatly restrict the amount and type of information found on the state’s online court information system. “SB 526 ... Read More »

Another ‘no-concert-like-it’ experience set for UWO’s ‘Musica Viva!’ April 12


BY ALEX HUMMEL In just four years, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s “Musica Viva!” has made a name for itself. It has become thee ‘no-concert-like-it’ event in the region’s spring musical lineup. This April 12’s “exquisite evening of contemporary and historic musical entertainment” performed by “talented faculty, students and alumni of UW Oshkosh’s music department” takes it up another notch. ... Read More »

Grotenrath and Lichtner: Love of Art and Art of Love


BY ERIN HEILING Schomer Lichtner often recalled the first time he saw Ruth Grotenrath. They were in an art class together, where she sat straddling a wooden drawing horse, completely engrossed in the work on her easel. Schomer later admitted that he knew then he would eventually marry this woman, although they had never met. A mutual friend, Gustave Moeller, ... Read More »

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