Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2020 | Week of August 3 | Radio Transcript #1371 With all that is going on in our state and nation right now, on one level it seems almost trivial to talk about Wisconsin’s fall partisan primary election. On another level, all that is going on actually makes it imperative that we bring up that election because every election has consequences—consequences that are very real, sometimes become even life and death consequences, and are...

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2020 | Week of July 27 | Radio Transcript #1370 As the COVID crisis was escalating, President Trump called for a National Day of Prayer, on Sunday, March 15. In a Tweet, the president said, “We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these….” President Trump was right. We have a long and storied history of our leaders praying and of our leaders calling the nation to...

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2020 | Week of July 13 | Radio Transcript #1368 How K-12 schools will operate this fall in The Badger State is anything but certain.  But this we know: collective formal education will happen, whether virtual, in person, or as a combination of the two. Culturally and financially—at least from the government schools’ perspective—we are way too far down the road to hope that everyone would or could homeschool. I will say I am concerned...

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2020 | Week of July 6 | Radio Transcript #1367 After surviving Y2K, I decided in the summer of 2000 along with two good friends to take some of the money I’d carefully saved and take a trip out west. I mean a big trip out west. Honestly, before that, I hadn’t been west of Kansas City, Kansas. We started planning, as I recall, on January 2—once we knew all was well, and we weren’t going to be cooking on camp stoves, eating and using...

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2020 | Week of June 29 | Radio Transcript #1366 The US Supreme Court just gave us another supremely bad decision. More on that shortly. First a brief explanation about why two commentaries back to back on bad decisions from our highest court. Our US Supreme Court’s session runs from October through June 30. The court typically holds release of its decisions on high-profile, meaning the most watched and most controversial cases, until...

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2020 | Week of June 22 | Radio Transcript #1365 Judicial activism is alive and well in America, especially in our US Supreme Court. On Monday, June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision, redefining the term “sex” in the congressionally passed, legally enacted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, to...

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2020 | Week of June 15 | Radio Transcript #1364 Scripture tells us we are to destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ. To be faithful to Scripture, we dare not just respond to any thing in life, including cultural happenings emotionally. While emotions are part of God’s good design for us as humans and as His image bearers, Scripture does not direct us...

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2020 | Week of June 8 | Radio Transcript #1363 “Just do what you wish your father had done for you. Be the dad you wish you had had.” That was the advice in a book I read recently about being a good dad. That’s such a simple but powerful admonition. Most children pretty intuitively will tell you what’s important to them about their dads. They want time with their dad, time to talk, time to play, time to learn, time to share. They want...

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2020 | Week of June 1 | Radio Transcript #1362 As I write this commentary, I’m sitting where I can easily see an American flag flying on private property. It’s waving in the stiff breeze coming off one of Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes. I’m not far from Madison or Milwaukee right now geographically, but it feels as though I’m a million miles removed from what has been taking place in these two cities and other Wisconsin cities over the...

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2020 | Week of May 25 | Radio Transcript #1361 To mail or not to mail—ballots? That is the question.  Due in large part to COVID-19, in Wisconsin’s election last month, a record number of absentee ballots were requested. Over 1.3 million absentee ballots were mailed to Wisconsin voters, with nearly 1,160,000 or just about 90 percent of those requested being returned. These absentee ballots represented about 75 percent of the total...

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2020 | Week of May 18 | Radio Transcript #1360 Do you have plans made for next Monday, May 25? I hope you do. It’s Memorial Day. And that should mean some special planning. I realize that in most communities in The Badger State Memorial Day won’t be commemorated as it has been for decades. Already in my community we’ve been told there will be no parade. No special service at the bridge with wreaths being thrown into the river while we...

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2020 | Week of May 11 | Radio Transcript#1359 Are our constitutional rights and freedoms designed just for times of peace and prosperity, when things seem to be going well, or are they also designed to protect us even in times of, say, a statewide emergency, like a declared public health emergency? In times of crises, is it appropriate that our constitutional rights and freedoms be set aside for what some would say is for the “greater...

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2020 | Week of May 4 | Radio Transcript #1358 The Bible, in a myriad of ways, honors mothers.  Stories of Jocabed, Moses’s mother; Hannah, Samuel’s mother; Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother; and certainly, Mary, the mother of Jesus, in addition to the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31, all remind us of the importance of mothers.  These stories span the Old and New Testament and happened thousands of years ago, but the...

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2020 | Week of April 27 | Radio Transcript #1357 Suddenly lots of parents in Wisconsin are doing schooling at home—parents who never intended to do that. For many other parents, little has changed for them as it relates to the education of their children during the COVID-19 situation. They homeschool all the time—by choice—and are thankful for the opportunity to do so. In 1983, after a pretty bitter battle involving the state...

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2020 | Week of April 20 | Radio Transcript #1356 You have to wonder. Does the Bureau of Indian Affairs know we are the midst of a national health crisis? While most of Wisconsin remains suspended in time and activity and people are focused on figuring life out on a day-to-day basis, apparently that’s not true for the federal-level Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Taking advantage of the media paying little to no attention to anything...

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2020 | Week of April 13 | Radio Transcript #1355 As I have observed and lived this coronavirus pandemic like everyone else has, it’s become obvious that fear is very much part of this situation. I have seen fear on the faces of people in stores. I’ve heard it in voices and read it on social media posts and even in emails and phone calls we’ve received in our office. When people are motivated by fear, outside control becomes very easy....

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2020 | Week of April 6 | Radio Transcript #1354 The Apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote to Timothy, his son in the faith, in I Timothy 2, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good...

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2020 | Week of March 30 | Radio Transcript #1353 It’s not like we need more controversy and confusion right now, but we definitely have it as it relates to our spring nonpartisan general election that is scheduled for next Tuesday, April 7. So let’s cut to the chase here. First, there will be an election and as far as we know right now there will be in-person voting at the polling places on Tuesday, April 7.  But that’s what we know...

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2020 | Week of March 23 | Radio Transcript #1352 How are you weathering the COVID-19 crisis, with government orders changing very frequently and right now not getting more lenient but rather more restrictive? Dave Lingle, our Church Ambassador, took some time recently to jot down some practical ideas for helping all of us deal with this situation that is unlike anything most of us have ever experienced.  We thought it appropriate to...

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2020 | Week of March 16 | Radio Transcript #1351 These are the times that test our mettle. Better said, these are the times that test our faith. I suspect I’m not much different from maybe millions of Americans in my reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s kind of surreal walking into usually well-stocked stores and finding various aisles absolutely empty. Having church via livestream this past weekend was more than a little...

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2020 | Week of March 9 | Radio Transcript #1350 Earlier this month an 18-year-old senior at Rhinelander High School was arrested for child enticement, indecent exposure and fourth-degree sexual assault.  The assault happened on school property and presumably during the school day or at a minimum during a school-sponsored event. The incident didn’t happen in some seldom-used room in the school or under the gym bleachers or the...

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2020 | Week of March 2 | Radio Transcript #1349 “Where else can you buy hope for a dollar?”  I just kind of stared at the person who said that to me in a conversation about gambling. That’s really what people say about gambling?” I asked in disbelief.  At first I wanted to scoff at the stupidity of the idea, but shortly, I was saddened as I realized how quickly people sell not only their dollars but almost their souls for some hope....

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2020 | Week of February 24 | Radio Transcript #1348 How much do those pushing the LGBTQ agenda want? How much do we give them before they say, “it’s enough”?  The answers are everything, and it’s never enough. That is the reality. And almost every day that reality is proven true. For years, our organization has been trying to tell people that those pushing the agenda to normalize, champion, and fully accept the lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

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2020 | Week of February 17 | Radio Transcript #1347 This commentary is dedicated to the proposition that what we don’t know really can hurt us. So what do you know about the Electoral College, the brilliant provision contained in Article 2, Section 1 and in the 12th Amendment to our US Constitution? This means by which we elect a president and vice-president protects federalism, the important concept of sovereign states united by a...

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2020 | Week of February 10 | Radio Transcript #1346 What will you be doing next Tuesday, February 18? I hope your smartphone calendar or the one you keep on your refrigerator or desk has the word vote on it in all capital letters followed by at least one exclamation point! Next Tuesday is the first of the four major elections we will have in Wisconsin this year. This coming Tuesday, February 18, is our Spring nonpartisan primary...

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