Wisconsin, Forward … Not!

May 10, 2015

My relationship with Wisconsin began in spring of 1973, 42 years ago. A cute college rep showed up at my high school, talking about Ripon College. “The place for me,” the 15-year-old thought. Then I heard about Beloit College, and decided it was really the place for me, and the place I needed to be, ASAP!

Alas, I had one problem: I was only a sophomore in high school. I was working to angles to finish high school in three years. I got my classes/credits completed, and got a conditional agreement from parents about graduating in three years. Three years? OK, if I agreed to attend the University of Arizona for at least one year. Then I went to work,

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Iran Nuclear Deal Opposition

April 4, 2015

The words today are all mine! They’re prompted most immediately by the Iran nuclear deal and Scott Walker: I’ll blow up any Iran deal, no matter what our European allies think, written by Greg Sargent for The Plum Line at the Washington Poston April 2.

Let’s get some facts on the table, straightaway. The world is a complicated place. The United States of America has relationships every country in the world, including enemies like Iran and North Korea. And, sometimes, we agree with another nation on one issue and not on another. So, for example, we’re aligned with Iran in Iraq, fighting ISIS—or whatever it’s called—and maybe, perhaps, a little bit aligned with Saudi Arabia in Yemen, fighting

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People Who Matter, and Those Who Don’t!

February 19, 2015

I read King David by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic, posted earlier in the day. Mr. Coates received the George Polk Journalism Award for Commentary for The Case for Reparations, published in The Atlantic in June 2014. Big deal! In the essay he recounts how David Carr taught him to be a writer, sharing his thoughts on an extraordinary man who passed, who made a difference in his and many other lives.

However you see Mr. Coates’ on reparations for African-Americans, please read King David as a primer about how to be an inspiring boss and leader. Yelling may not be part of the playbook, and some people are one-offs, but Mr. Carr clearly knew how to inspire others,

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