Do Jerry Bader Show listeners prove there is ‘tremendous support’ for vouchers?

This man is out to get me. I have gotten 28 emails from listeners to the Jerry Bader Show since he put me on blast Wednesday morning. Not a bad showing! And while they haven’t quite persuaded me that I … Continue reading

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The problem with school vouchers is school vouchers don’t work

In the abstract, I am pretty open to the prospect that school vouchers would be an effective policy. And I would have thought they’d work a lot better in Milwaukee than the data show. My column today: (I)t is a … Continue reading

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The Post-Crescent nails Gov. Walker on vouchers

The Appleton Post-Crescent Editorial Board recently slammed Gov. Scott Walker’s voucher plans — the edited version Daily Herald Media ran is here; the (much!) longer P-C version is here. I basically agree with the piece though I have my quibbles. … Continue reading

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The New York Times’ hilarious ice fishing story

A story on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times had a Wausau dateline: WAUSAU, Wis. — The ice fishermen spent a week on the frozen lake, and on the last day, after emptying perch and bluegill from their … Continue reading

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For Oscar weekend: Lincoln for best everything!

In honor of Oscar weekend, I thought I would post my writing about my favorite movie of 2012, Lincoln. I do not care much about Oscars but I will be rooting for Lincoln for best everything in all categories, including … Continue reading

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What it’s like to go without health insurance, with feedback

My column today is about what it’s like for some Wisconsinites to live without health insurance coverage: Nine years ago, when Jasmin Voelz was 20, she woke up screaming, pain like a knife in her gut. She lay on the … Continue reading

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“We’re living in a mobile home in the middle of a dirt field in North Dakota.”

Take 10 minutes and watch this beautiful black-and-white short documentary about the North Dakota oil boom: Sweet Crude Man Camp from Little Brown Mushroom on Vimeo. Bona fide North Dakotan Abe Sauer recommended it to me, saying it is probably … Continue reading

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Saturday conversation: Why leave out mention of mental illness?

It’s impossible to read the details of the Jesse Jackson Jr. case and not be sort of blown away by the wild and outlandish details of his actions: Working with an antiques dealer in Nevada and a furrier in Beverly … Continue reading

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I saw some cool art in Wausau this week

The Woodson Art Museum’s new origami exhibit, “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami,” is really neat and worth seeing. I went this week and snapped a few photos. Here’s a group of elementary students on a museum tour looking … Continue reading

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Transit porn

Oh my goodness, it’s beautiful: Also a bit of a pipe dream, for reasons explained here. Still fun to imagine.

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