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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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Social Constructs…Truth or Fiction?

2018 | Week of January 29 | #1240 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 ago. I had been asked to be on a panel to […]

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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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Beware Digital Distraction

2017 | Week of November 27 | #1231 I watched with amazement recently as a darling two-year-old boy took his mom’s smart phone and began using his miniature fingers to maneuver round the keys and buttons without hesitation, eyes glued to the screen, his handsome little face, complete with pursed lips, intent on accomplishing his […]

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It’s Not About Turkeys

2017 | Week of November 20 | #1230 While on hold with a phone call recently, I was doing some mindless, muted channel surfing and caught a commercial that reminded me of the lack of Christian worldview in our society.  The ad was something about Thanksgiving, but that word never was mentioned. A series of […]

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Adoption: Enriching Families

2017 | Week of November 13 | #1229 November is here and this is the month we recognize nationally Adoption Month. While we’ve had this national recognition month only about 20 years, adoption is, of course, an ages-old means by which children are given an earthly forever family. Adoption is a great option to abortion, […]

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Forewarning Wisconsin

2017 | Week of November 6 | #1228 Consider this commentary a statewide alert. The transgender agenda is likely coming to your community, especially if you live in a Wisconsin city, as opposed to a village or town. In states like Wisconsin where those pushing this dangerous and unconstitutional agenda know they can’t advance their […]

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An Incredible Opportunity for Wisconsin

2017 | Week of October 30 | #1227 Over the last six years, Wisconsin has enacted a number of pro-life laws that appropriately proscribe abortion, most of which are helping women be better informed before they take the life-taking action of aborting their baby. We’ve also made some very good progress in defunding Planned Parenthood […]

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Choose Life Wisconsin License Plates Are Here!

2017 | Week of October 23 | #1226 At 8:45 this past Monday morning I walked into the state’s main Department of Motor Vehicles customer service office in Madison on a mission—a long-dreamed of mission. As instructed I stopped at the first desk and when asked why I was there, replied, “I’m applying for a […]

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The Link Should Mean No Pink

2017 | Week of October 16 | #1225 I love October. But that love wanes with the onslaught of grown men in full football pads and uniforms playing a man’s game on a big field while wearing pink wristbands, hats, gloves, shoes and more. Don’t get me wrong. I’m very sure the football players and […]

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Moving Pro-Life Bills Promptly

2017 | Week of October 9 | #1224 Seven months after two bills were given to State Senate President Republican Roger Roth, they are now finally formally introduced. Senate rules stipulate that the Senate President is to “promptly” introduce bills given to him from senate authors. Introduction includes getting a bill number and a committee […]

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Asking the Court for Common Decency & Common Sense

2017  | Week of October 2 | #1223 Wisconsin Family Council signed onto an important friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court last week in Kenosha v. Whitaker, a case dealing with the definition of “sex” and bathroom access rights for a transgender-identifying student. The Amicus Brief urges the Justices of the High Court to […]

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Wisconsin Budget: Some Good, Some Bad, Some Ugly

2017 | Week of September 25 | #1222 In the week following the Governor signing the state’s $76 billion two-year budget, it’s fair to ask, as we echo and take some liberties with Samuel Morse, “What has the legislature wrought?” Maybe there is a budget wonk in a small back office in a government office […]

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Some Said It Was a Miracle

2017 | Week of September 18 | #1221 It was September 1787. It had been a long hot summer in the nation’s largest city, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, in spite of the soaring temperatures and the associated discomfort, 55 men had been meeting regularly in The City of Brotherly Love since May, occupying what was then […]

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Expanding Gambling: A Bad Idea That Needs To Go Away

2017 | Week of September 11 | #1220 Some bad ideas just don’t go away—like expanding gambling in Wisconsin. Simply put, state-sanctioned gambling always involves the state receiving money from the gambling. Thus it is always in the state’s interest to have more gambling so that revenues are increased and the state’s coffers are getting […]

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Time To Listen to Mom

2017 | Week of September 4 | #1219 We’ve all heard it from our moms: “Just because someone else is doing something doesn’t make it good or right.” And of course, the classic, “If everyone were jumping off a cliff, would you just follow them?” From time to time, legislators need to listen to mom. […]

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Free Speech, Religious Freedom & a Dane County Court

2017 | Week of August 28 | #1218 On Tuesday, August 1, about 1:30, I made my way to the Dane County Courthouse, took the elevator to the 5th floor and found Judge Richard Niess’s courtroom. I was apprehensive. I was there to observe oral arguments in a case that we had had something to […]

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Dane County, The Northwest Ordinance & School Year 2017

2017 | Week of August 21 | #1217 Few people in Wisconsin realize who Dane County, the county in which our state capital, Madison, is located, is named for. Dane County is named for Nathan Dane. A plaque rather inconspicuously placed on the back of the Dane County Courthouse gives a bit of information about […]

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Georgia GOP on Gambling: A Most Excellent Example

2017 | Week of August 14 | #1216 Finally. A state Republican party willing to push back against using casinos as part of balancing a state budget. Gambling in general isn’t an issue you hear either Democrats or Republicans talk much about. It should be talked about a lot, but it’s not. Thankfully, Republicans in […]

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Protecting Kids in a Cyber-Crazed World

2017 | Week of August 7 | #1215 The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, recently published and promoted for use in churches, a bulletin insert entitled “Smartphones, Tablets, and Christian Parenting,”[1] authored by Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Commission. Obviously, this is a timely subject, as […]

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