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The Do-Nothing’s


By Robert Meyer We have heard complaints about the “do nothing congress” for the past several presidential administrations. Indeed, we frequently see that congressional approval numbers flirt with historically low positive rates. This has occurred whether the majority of congress has belonged to democrats or republicans. The American people have often decried the inability of congress to stop the bickering ... Read More »

The Gentleman from Fond du Lac


Wisconsin Republicans gather to honor long time Congressman Tom Petri By Rohn W. Bishop On a Wednesday evening in early April, a couple hundred activist Republicans from all across Wisconsin’s Sixth Congressional District gathered at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in downtown Fond du Lac for an event honoring Former Congressman Tom Petri. With Former Governor Scott McCallum ... Read More »

Dreams, Redux


BY John Price-Kabhir, the Buddhist Adviser (This column follows from last month’s piece about dreams and dreaming.) But dreams have a lightness about them. As a brick or stone carries weight, dreams carry no weight. Although the images in dreams are ethereal, the “things” of dreams do not have weighty substance. We float through our dreams. Even nightmares keep us ... Read More »

April elections and, Did the GOP commit treason?


By Rohn Bishop Attorney General, Brad Schimel, likes to remind his audience how a bill becomes a law, using the “School House Rocks” cartoon as his example. It goes something like this: “First, a bill passes the Assembly; if it passes the Senate in the exact form; it goes to the Governor’s desk. If the governor signs the bill, it ... Read More »

Media Rants Talks to Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe

BY Tony Palmeri Democracy activist Mike McCabe, former Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and author of the reform manifesto Blue Jeans in High Places, will speak at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Reeve Union 306. Attendance is free and open to all. If you are interested in what is ailing ... Read More »

The State of Media Vetting


BY Robert E. Meyer Scott Walker got elected as governor of Wisconsin without a college degree. That has the usual purveyors of snide remarks, such as democratic provocateur, Howard Dean, questioning Walker’s presidential qualifications. Funny, once upon a time the unlikely achiever was celebrated as an American success story. In Howard Dean’s world, Walker is shunned because he isn’t an ... Read More »

The Long Path to Equal Citizenship


BY Dennis Riley The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees every citizen equal protection of the laws of the state in which that citizen — any U.S. citizen in any state for any reason — finds himself or herself. The amendment doesn’t define equal protection, but the First amendment doesn’t define free speech, the Fifth doesn’t define due process, ... Read More »

Dreams, Dreams To Share My Dreams


BY John Price-Kabhir the Buddhist Adviser [Note: This is Part I of a two-part column on dreams. Part II will appear in a future edition of The Scene.] Waking life had a hardness about it. We can rap our knuckles on the table, feel the cold, feel pain, become exhausted after heavy activity. But dreams are different. Though every bit ... Read More »

Remembering a Contrarian Gadfly


BY Robert E. Meyer On December 11, 2014, Robert Nordlander, a household name to anyone who habitually read the opinion pages in the Appleton Post-Crescent, passed away after a lingering illness. Nordlander was also once a columnist in this publication and some years ago his portrait graced a monthly cover. Because I frequently offered rejoinders to Mr. Nordlander’s letters, I ... Read More »

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