We give thanks that, for most, this begins the season of plenty. It is the season of hope, of anticipation, of joy and love. But sadly, for too many, this is the season of want and need, cold, loneliness and despair. We give thanks then that we are a generous people when generosity can do much good, and bring some needed comfort to those who need it most.
We have been waiting for immigration reform, of some kind, for more than two decades. We have pleaded for it, asked our representatives in Congress to support it, urged action at every opportunity, any time there was even a small hint that progress was possible. Our friends and neighbors by the thousands have been hoping for some resolution of their status, to let them at last emerge from the shadows. We all have waited and gotten nothing but squabbling, accusation and political posturing in the face of obvious and urgent ...
How do you do that? The voters have very narrowly approved Initiative 1351, to lower class size across the range, K-12. The measure of course came without instructions, or anything resembling a funding mechanism, so legislators must be befuddled. New estimates from the House Appropriations Committee says the initiative, which requires the state to hire tens of thousands of new teachers and school employees, will cost around $5 billion over the next five years and $2 billion per year thereafter. That doesn’t include the cost of new schools or future ...
We sat down Friday afternoon to cheer the Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort for its adept use of cold air, hard work and keen snowmaking equipment to cover its slopes and yet again be the first ski area in the state to open for the season. We logged onto The Ridge website and clicked on the webcam link to see what’s up, and to our great joy didn’t see a thing.
Historic. Such is the ubiquitous description of the climate agreement recently announced in Beijing between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in which China promised for the first time to cap carbon emissions.
My bicycle takes a rest during the cold weather. It doesn’t complain, mind you. It is a willing and trustworthy machine, and works as well in a cold November as a blazing July. It’s the pilot who grows shy of starting the day with a frozen face and inoperable fingers.
Modern political strategy rests on seeking the most flamboyant and attention-grabbing way of doing nothing. You must appear to be decisive in indecision, consequential in ineffectiveness and earnest in amorality. That is the right thing to do.
MILWAUKEE — It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Department of Justice wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for handicapped children, DOJ’s aim is to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort enjoyed by affluent DOJ lawyers.
News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis’ broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.