Luc's Line

 

Clear Water, Moving Forward

There's a sense of forward motion in Eau Claire, the likes of which I have never felt. Read more...

Socially Engineered For The Better

July 2nd marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act Of 1964.  Discrimination was outlawed if by race, or color, or sex, or religion.  Regardless of our ideology, we can all agree that this was a good piece of legislation in our nation's history, correcting obvious societal wrongs.  It was a good example of...social engineering. Read more...

Walker Will Get This Done

The announcement by Governor Walker of his support for the Confluence Project brought to mind a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The quote goes as follows:  "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." Read more...

We Can All Just Get Along

A few weeks ago, I was walking out of an area convenience store when someone held open a door for me while on my way out holding a couple bags.  The man then recognized me from being on the radio here on 790 WAYY, saying "You're that liberal from the radio!"  With a smile and a laugh.  We joked a bit, and I was on my way; that made my day. Read more...

Dividing Wisconsin

Definitely worth a read:  the recent series by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called "Dividing Lines" on the political polarization of Wisconsin.  The main focus is on the Milwaukee metropolitan area, and the stark difference between the passionately Democratic Milwaukee County, and the equally passionate Republican Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington Counties.  What does this mean for us? Read more...

A True Voter ID For All

So the latest attempt at a voter ID law in Wisconsin has been struck down.  Good.  Too many would be burdened-enough that they will not be able to vote under that law.  Accepting that this was the wrong approach -- and with me fully believing that ID is not necessary for any problem with fraud, since fraud is nearly non-existant -- I ask about a third option:  a free voter ID card issued to all residents. Read more...

Blue Clear Water

Now that the April 1st election is plenty behind us, we can look at *why* the pro-Confluence Project referendums passed, and a prime reason has to be, well, demographics.  As the legendary Hall Of Fame coach Bill Parcells once said, you are what your record says who you are.  Adapted for a city, the record shows what Eau Claire is:  a blue city. Read more...

The Individual & The Society

Talking recently on "NewsTalk 790 Today," the debate about school vouchers returned, and the debate seemed crystallized around one proposition:  what is more important to us, society-at-large or the immediate individual?  A caller said that he should be able to move his children from an under-performing school to a better school (presumably in terms of academics, behavior, quality of teachers, etc.) so his kids can get a better education.  My argument was that vouchers allow parents to move the better-performing kids out of some problems schools, leaving more misbehaving/under-performing kids at that leftover public school, thus hurting the future prospects of the remaining students. Read more...

John Doe? Old News.

The release of the approximately 28,000 e-mails relating to the John Doe investigation into Governor Walker's administration as Milwaukee County Executive had the potential to cause controversy, and to a degree, they did.  The outcome of the release, however, may be somewhat unexpected:  Walker's path to the presidency may have just gotten easier. Read more...

Yes! No! Does It Matter?

Here is a brief note to keep in mind as the coming weeks bring plenty of local debate about the April 1st referenda relating to the Confluence Project.  Remember that the largest chunk of money for the project comes through state approval, and part of that approval will come via the Wisconsin Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee.  A year ago, the chair of the committee, Rep. Stephen Nass, said he opposed the project and would go so far as to fight inclusion of the money in coming state budgets, terming the Confluence Project a "white elephant." Read more...