Tag Archives: Wisconsin

Three Years Ago

Before Governor Scott Walker took office he had already created controversy by stating he would refuse funds for a new light rail system that had already been approved with federal money set to come to Wisconsin. He demanded that the … Continue reading

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Letter to Scott Walker on the Movement Toward Equality

Dear Governor Walker, You were quoted recently as saying that you sense no “significant movement” toward legalizing gay marriage in Wisconsin and you justified fighting whatever movement there is by stating that as an elected official it is your duty … Continue reading

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Northern Lights and Smiles

Several years ago I was driving back to Madison from my hometown of Shullsburg, Wisconsin in the southwestern corner of the state. It was winter and as I was driving I suddenly noticed incredible colored lights in the sky, shifting … Continue reading

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What It’s Like to Be Gay in America Today to Me

The last few days have brought some really great news for queer America, but it has to be tempered with the reality of living life as a gay man–or lesbian, bi, trans, or other alternative orientations and ways to express … Continue reading

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The Crowning of Mary Burke

Mary Burke may well end up being the Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin and she may also be a good candidate. While I have some concerns about her stands on Scott Walker’s Act 10, jobs, and on school vouchers … Continue reading

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Redskins and Whities

Maybe I’m being overly simplistic about this but it seems to me that if I’m using a term and someone points out to me that it is offensive I would stop using that term out of respect for our common … Continue reading

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Unions for Dummies

With Labor Day coming up it seems like a good time to examine unions and their place in our society. Ever since Scott Walker effectively ended collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin I have heard many statements about unions … Continue reading

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How Can We Keep from Singing

For two and a half years singers have been meeting at the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda to sing songs of protest against the Scott Walker administration and the slew of conservative legislation that has passed with the right-wing control of the … Continue reading

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Say It Ain’t So, Ryan

Dear Ryan Braun, As you know your suspension from baseball for using performance-enhancing drugs has disappointed many, many people, not only Milwaukee Brewers fans, but all of those who believed you when you insisted that the allegations you were juicing … Continue reading

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The 1943 Mulcahy Mine Disaster

Shullsburg, Wisconsin is tucked into the southwestern corner of the state, just eight miles from Illinois and twenty miles from Iowa. It is among the oldest cities in the state, founded in 1827, more than two decades before statehood. Everything … Continue reading

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A Supreme Celebration

My thoughts are all over the place this morning due to the Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8. Mostly I’m thinking of how far we’ve come (and a bit about how far … Continue reading

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Paradise (northern version)

In Wisconsin there has been a big battle over opening up land in the Penokee Hills just a few miles from the Bad River band’s sacred rice beds, and just south of Lake Superior. The state legislature passed a bill … Continue reading

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