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Guest Editorial | Pushing Liberalism in West Bend High Schools | By Owen Robinson

Feb. 15, 2019 – West Bend, WI – At West Bend High School, there is a required, one semester class called “U.S. Government and Law.” The course overview says: In this course, students will experience how the wheels of government and justice work at the local, state, and federal level.

Deer in West Bend | By Owen Robinson

July 28, 2017 – West Bend, WI – There has been a push in West Bend in recent years to allow some sort of hunting in the city parks. The reason for this is that there are a LOT of deer. But the data has been hard to come

Repeal the Minimum Markup Law | By Owen Robinson

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May 23, 2017 – West Bend, WI – West Bend has been enjoying something of a retail renaissance in the past few years. Unfortunately, Wisconsin’s Unfair Sales Act, A.K.A. “Minimum Markup Law,” is preventing consumers to reap the benefits of such an upsurge in competition. Just in the last

Justman’s Troubled Past in County By Owen Robinson

April 3, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Owen Robinson posted this story a couple weeks ago. I tried a number of times to get a hold of Nancy Justman, who is running for West Bend School Board. She said she’ll be available Monday after 11 a.m.  We’ll bring

Boots & Sabers: Reforms for Referendum Process. By Owen Robinson

Wisconsin Republicans Propose Reforms for Referendum Process When the state passed Act 10 in 2011, it did a few things. It pulled back state funding, but gave districts much more freedom to actively manage their budgets. The intent was that school districts would be prudent stewards of the taxpayers’

West Bend School Board race: One vote for Gieryn, Miller and Cammack. By Owen Robinson

March 21, 2017 – West Bend, WI – April 4 brings us another opportunity to exercise our right to elect our political and judicial leaders. While the national and state elections tend to get all of the attention, it is our local elected officials who arguably have more of

Considering our library and its debt By Owen Robinson

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  Jan. 18, 2017 – West Bend, WI – A little spat over debt between the West Bend library and the city of West Bend, of which the library is a part, has been resolved, but it begs us to confront some broader questions. At issue was an old

School safety discussed in forum By Owen Robinson

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Nov. 13, 2016 – Jackson, WI – About 50 people turned out for a forum Saturday at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School regarding school safety and gun-free schools. Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) plans to reintroduce a bill next session to allow private schools to permit firearms in their schools.

Referenda belie need to increase state spending

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Despite the fact the state of Wisconsin spent more than $450 million more on K-12 education last fiscal year than it did four years ago, the persistent lie about Republicans “gutting education” is apparently taking its toll as legislative Republicans signal a willingness to spend even more in the

Thousands of Wis. kids are going into the wrong grade

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You can feel it in the air. The leaves on a few trees are starting to turn and the temperatures dipped down into the 50s this weekend. There is no mistaking it — we are in the waning weeks of summer. In case you had any doubt, over the

Diversity in State Government a Must

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In about 1832, former federal judge James Doty and two partners purchased over a thousand acres of land on the isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona for $2,400. He intended to build a city in the Four Lakes region which was centrally located to the strategically important ports of

The RPW Need Not be Trumped by Owen Robinson

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It has been a week since Donald Trump won the Indiana primary and with Ted Cruz and John Kasich, dropping out, became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States of America. In a primary field full of weighty Republicans, the most lightweight candidate

Boots & Sabers – Finding Justice by Owen Robinson

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The City Administrator for West Bend, T.J. Justice, has been arrested and charged with two felony counts – one for child enticement-prostitution and one for soliciting a child for prostitution. If convicted, Justice could spend the next 50 years in prison. Justice has posted bail and is on paid

West Bend Needs a Super Super by Owen Robinson

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The West Bend School District is searching for a new superintendent. Whoever gets the job has some big shoes to fill and some challenges to tackle. We should be as concerned about why a good superintendent would choose West Bend as we are about the school board choosing a

Vote For, Not Against by Owen Robinson

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With only two weeks left until the April 5 election in Wisconsin, we are about to endure a withering political barrage that will not end until that blissful dawn April 6, when all of the presidential politicians, their courtiers and the locustal media move on to the next state.

Let the sun shine by Owen Robinson

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We all got a glimpse of spring this Saturday with warm temperatures and bright sunshine before gloomy, cold rain settled into southeast Wisconsin on Sunday, but the nation is aglow this week as Sunshine Week commences, celebrating access to public information. Access to public records sounds like a boring

Voters to determine Supreme Court’s direction

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to review eight cases ranging from guns on public buses to open records to how low-income properties are assessed to how far a police officer’s “hot pursuit” can extend into a citizen’s home. With less than a month before Wisconsin voters head to

Frustrating Trump

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Some of our worst mistakes have been born out of the frustration to do something. Frustration over the rising cost of health care pushed the country to lurch into the disaster of Obamacare. Frustration over the ongoing American cost of Iraqi peace lured our nation into a precipitous withdrawal

Analysis from Owen Robinson on Neitzke

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http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com posted earlier this evening the story about the resignation of West Bend School Superintendent Ted Neitzke. Columnist Owen Robinson of West Bend shared the post and offered this insight at bootsandsabers.com about how the resignation makes the April 5 school board election that much more important. First, congrats

Justice Scalia Slips the Surly Bonds of Earth

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Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual mainspring of the conservative wing of the Supreme Court appointed by President Reagan, is no more. Known for his brilliant opinions and clarity of expression, Scalia occupies a rare space in American legal history with the likes of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Hugo

Choice spreads throughout Wisconsin by Owen Robinson

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Wisconsin has long been a state in which labor unions have thrived. With the state’s strong manufacturing and mining background, it always seemed natural that many Wisconsinites would be members of a union. As it turns out, it wasn’t so natural after all. The most recent report about union

Self-Insuring State Employees by Owen Robinson

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Governor Walker’s fifth State of the State speech last week was primarily a defense of his leadership to date and was most notable for its lack of grand ideas that have defined his tenure. Walker did, however, highlight one initiative that should be advanced. Wisconsin should self-insure its employees’

Campus Carry by Owen Robinson

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The Wisconsin legislature is back in session for a short time before they go home for the year to run for reelection. This November, a third of the Senate and every seat in the Assembly is on the ballot. Normally this session is a quiet one in which only
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