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Consequences, Very Real Consequences

2018 | Week of October 8 | #1276 Frequently I’m asked, “How do bad laws get passed seemingly so easily, even in places where one wouldn’t necessarily think that would happen?”  My answer to this question is the theme for this commentary:  elections have consequences, very real consequences. We are now a month from a […]

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Kavanaugh Confirmation: Concerning Considerations

2018 | Week of October 1 | #1275 I confess. I’m not just concerned about the immediate outcome of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process; I’m concerned about the long-term fallout from this debacle. I’m also concerned about how families are dealing with this since it is so very public, and I’m sure kids have lots […]

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Preparing to Vote

2018 | Week of September 24 | #1274 Are you tired of the political ads running incessantly on TV and radio? We’re still six weeks away from November 6, but the campaigns are definitely in high gear.  Part of this increased campaign pace is Wisconsin’s early in-person voting. Candidates know a growing percentage of voters […]

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The Constitution: What Do You Know?

2018 | Week of September 17 | #1273 September 17 is officially recognized as Constitution Day. All week various events will take place in honor of the day in 1787 when the young congress ratified our Constitution. So here’s a quiz to see what you know about this unique founding document. Here we go.  First […]

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Christian Heritage Week–Say What?

2018 | Week of September 10 | #1272 So did you know this week is officially declared as “Christian Heritage Week” in Wisconsin? If you have school-aged kids in your life, ask them if they have heard about this designated week at school. I’m pretty sure the answer you’ll get is no, which is most […]

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Faith and Works

2018 | Week of September 3 | #1271 I didn’t want to do this commentary. I wanted to do something completely positive, but everyone, parents especially, needs to hear this message. But before I bring the bad news, I do have some very encouraging news to share, coming out of California, of all places. Earlier […]

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Courts Can Make You Pay

2018 | Week of August 27 | #1270 In which branch of our government have those pushing a leftist, secular, humanistic, socialistic, ungodly agenda been most successful? You are right if you answered the judicial branch. Powerful people with seemingly unlimited resources have found courts at every level of our system of government to be […]

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Being Part of the Solution

2018 | Week of August 20 | #1269 Several years ago I served as President of our local public library’s board of trustees. In fact, I had that honor for three years, the entirety of my second term on that board. While on that board, it was my privilege to serve with several other Christians.  […]

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Beware the Slippery Slope

2018 | Week of July 30 | #1266 Slippery slopes. For all the 20-plus years I’ve been doing this work, I’ve warned about them.  Many times in response I’m told even by well-intentioned people, I’m just fear-mongering when I warn people that some law or some cultural acceptance is a slippery slope that will take […]

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It’s Not Poverty; It’s Family

2018 | Week of July 23 | #1265 Family structure matters. It really matters. Family structure matters to children. It matters to adults. It matters to churches. It matters to communities, states and even nations. We’ve been saying that at Wisconsin Family Council for decades.  We’re glad some others in Wisconsin are finally picking up […]

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The Population Lie

2018 | Week of July 16 | #1264 For years one of the secular humanists’, aka liberal progressives’ lies has been that we have a population problem—to be more specific, they assert we have an overpopulation problem. Surely you’ve heard that if we don’t start having fewer children, we will run out of food and […]

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Social Constructs…Truth or Fiction?

2018 | Week of July 9, 2018 | #1240 (Re-airing episode #1240 program from Week of January 29, 2018) Ever heard the term “social construct”? I suspect lots of people hear the term but aren’t really sure what it means. The first time I ran into it overtly was in a public forum several years […]

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A Reminder: Freedom Isn’t Free

2018 | Week of July 2 | #1262 “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s […]

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Wisconsin’s 2018 Family Prosperity Ranking

2018 | Week of June 25 | #1261 Recently The Family Prosperity Initiative publicly released the 2018 version of its hallmark work, The Family Prosperity Index. Wisconsin Family Council is a state partner with The Family Prosperity Initiative. This ground-breaking and game-changing project clearly shows the interrelationship of economic and social issues, in particular as […]

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Honoring Our Father

2018 | Week of June 18 | #1260 Yes, I know Father’s Day was this past Sunday—and I hope all you fathers had a great day! However, it’s never the wrong time to talk about the importance of fathers. God’s Ten Commandments as given to Moses in the Old Testament clearly instruct us to honor […]

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The Good of Faith-Based Adoption Agencies

2018 | Week of June 11 | #1259 Just how important are faith-based agencies in child welfare, especially when it comes to adoption?  We’ve had such organizations around for so long and been so blessed by them that too often we take them for granted. We shouldn’t.  Laws and court cases dealing with religious freedom […]

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Religious Freedom Wins at High Court

2018 | Week of June 4 | #1258 On Monday, the United States Supreme Court released its opinion in one of the major cases of this term, the Masterpiece Cakeshop case originating in Colorado and involving owner Jack Phillips who declined to design a cake for a same-sex wedding. The high court ruled 7-2 in […]

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Now 4-H Wants Inclusiveness

2018 | Week of May 28 | #1257 Recently the Boy Scouts of America made news because they are renaming their cornerstone program. That program which had been historically exclusively for boys went from being “Boy Scouting” to “Scouts BSA.” As reported, the change takes place early next year and is being done to promote […]

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It’s Good News Time Again!

2018 | Week of May 21 | #1256 It’s time for some more good news—some from here in Wisconsin and some from the national level, but all difference-making in a good way. First, I hope you at least vaguely remember that the Choose Life Wisconsin license plates have been available for sale since late October […]

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Sometimes I Hate Being Right

2018 | Week of May 14 | #1255 Believe it or not, often I hate being right. Seriously.  Way too frequently I have to be the one who is saying this is a slippery slope, or if this city does this certain thing, watch out because other cities in Wisconsin will soon follow.  I hate […]

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Mom: A Pygmy in Stature; A Giant in Character

2018 | Week of May 7 | #1254 When she stretched out full-length standing on her tip-toes, my mom was almost five feet tall.  She always lamented that she had a belt-buckle view of the world—and eyed with a certain envy those of us who saw considerably above belt buckles. When I was two years […]

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The Church & Parents: Partners Together

2018 | Week of April 23 | #1252 Today’s big question: how can the church equip parents to lead well and do more by being spiritual leaders at home? A recent article in the Baptist Bible Tribune deals with this very important question. In fact the entire edition of this magazine was given to God’s […]

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Time for Some Good News

2018 | Week of April 16 | #1251 Are you starved for some good news? In the midst of ongoing allegations of scandals, US missile strikes in Syria, disturbing election outcomes in our state, uncertainty in many areas, a stock market swinging on a pendulum, income tax time and who knows what else, I know […]

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Shut Them Down Now!

2018 | Week of April 9 | #1250 This past Friday news broke[1] that a man from Hartford was charged in federal court with sex trafficking, fraud and coercion. According to the criminal complaint, Christopher Childs worked out of the TNT club in Lebanon and the Hardware Store in Clyman. What may not be readily […]

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A Bad Idea for Milwaukee–or Any Other WI City

2018 | Week of April 2 | #1249 Most often, it would be nice if what happens in Milwaukee stays in Milwaukee.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t usually happen, and I seriously doubt it will with this latest debacle. Last month, we learned the Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee was holding a hearing on […]

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Voting: Giving Voice to Your Values

2018 | Week of March 26 | #1248 Do you really believe that what you believe is really real? Need that repeated? Do you really believe that what you believe is really real? When we believe that what we believe is really real, our actions show it. So, do you really believe that your values […]

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Compelling Life-Ending Speech

2018 | Week of March 19 | #1247 Pregnancy Centers are hope-giving, life-saving, women-helping places. Wisconsin is blessed to have well over 60 of these terrific organizations located all around the state. Unlike Planned Parenthood, with now just 20 facilities and with the bulk of those being in major population centers, pregnancy centers are in […]

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Stopping School Violence: Getting Back to Basics

2018 | Week of March 12 | #1246 Violence in our schools. It’s on everyone’s mind these days—and rightly so. What’s happening in our schools much too frequently is horrific. In reaction, there’s as many ideas on what we need to do as there are people talking about the problem. In my opinion, most ideas […]

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It’s Not Something To Brag About

2018 | Week of March 5 | #1245 As our state’s largest city, Milwaukee has a lot of entertainment options. However, one tourist attraction surpasses them all in terms of number of people who visit each year—and that’s the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino with nearly 6.5 million people visiting in 2016.  In fact, this so-called […]

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What’s So Funny About Divorce?

2018 | Week of February 26 | #1244 I was surveying greeting cards recently just kind of casually looking at the humorous ones when a a subject heading caught my attention: divorce. What had been a time of enjoying some good humor came to an abrupt halt. I don’t see anything humorous in divorce. I […]

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Abstinence: Raising the Moral Standard

2018 | Week of February 19 | #1243 A long-time friend and former employee of Wisconsin Family Council earlier this month wrote an op ed for the Lexington Herald Leader. Thanks to a mutual friend who sent me the link, I was able to enjoy Richard Nelson’s most excellent article, “When Did Abstinence Become a […]

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Are You Ready To Answer Tough Questions?

201 8| Week of February 12 | #1242 How would you react and how would you advise your teen if he or she came home with this news? “At my school 50% of the girls say they are lesbian or identify as boys.” Or how about this: “A guy came to school today wearing heels, […]

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2018–A Big Election Year

2018 | Week of February 5 | #1241 It’s 2018, which means it’s a big election year in Wisconsin—and it starts in just two weeks. On Tuesday, February 20, we have a primary election to settle who will be on the ballot for the spring general election on Tuesday, April 3. Our spring elections include […]

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When Legislative Majorities Don’t Matter

2018 | Week of January 22 | #1239 A year ago the Wisconsin state legislature was just beginning its two-year session. Republicans were elated. They had unprecedented majorities in both houses. Republicans in the Assembly held a 64-35 majority, and in the Senate, they enjoyed a 20-13 cushion. Having the majority means having sufficient votes […]

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Celebrating School Choice

2018 | Week of January 15 | #1238 School choice. It used to be there was no choice—at least no real choice for the vast majority of Americans—regarding where their children would attend school. The local public school was pretty much it—unless you were very wealthy and could afford elite private schools. I distinctly remember […]

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Abortion Realities

2018 | Week of January 8 | #1237 This month we recognize and repudiate the 45th year of the legalized killing of unborn children in America, foisted on us by a rogue US Supreme Court. Seven justices essentially concocted a constitutional right for this heinous brutality out of nothing and then arrogantly wrote of “penumbras” […]

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Little Platoons; Big Difference

2018 | Week of January 1 | #1236 Like you, as 2017 came to a close my email inbox was filled with messages from all sorts of organizations seeking some portion of my hard-earned money.  Subject lines vie for our attention—some humorous, some pun-filled, some pleading, others challenging, some questioning. And so it happened, in the […]

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The TRUTH of Christmas

2017 | Week of December 18 | #1234 Politician involved in scandal. Prominent citizen caught in prostitution ring. Innocent man killed in deadly fight. Infant left to die in the cold. Mother sells daughter for drugs. Man embezzles money to pay for gambling debts. Do those headlines sound familiar to you? They’d fit the first […]

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Chris Abele & Voter Beware

2017 | Week of December 11 | #1233 Hey, Milwaukee, did you know your county executive, Chris Abele, is the chairman of the board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an organization whose sole purpose is to get lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people elected to all levels of office, from school board to […]

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The US Supreme Court, a Cake Artist & Religious Freedom

2017 | Week of December 4 | #1232 This week the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in two cases that definitely have our attention. One of the cases deals with whether or not a federal ban on sports betting is constitutional. New Jersey is challenging this prohibition based primarily on a state’s-rights argument.

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