Monday, July 28th, 2014

Waukesha Freeman Page A10, Opinion 11/27/2013 No Merry Christmas in parade Too much drama for Girl Scouts It was cold at Sunday’s Waukesha Christmas Parade, but that’s not what is bothering two Girl Scout leaders. Just prior to the parade start, parade organizers tried squeezing them for an additional $100 each. This was the first […]

Waukesha Freeman Opinion Page A5 11/21/2013 A little off the top, added to bottom line Waukesha tax levy goes up despite budget trim There was a teachable moment in Tuesday night’s meeting of the Waukesha Common Council. The Common Council cut the proposed city budget $38,800 but you’re not going to benefit from it. City […]

Over at the MacIver Institute this week, I commented on President Barack Obama’s decree that henceforth no insurance policies shall be canceled because of Obamacare. “So it shall be written. So it shall be done.” Well, not quite. Meanwhile, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited on Wisconsin on Friday. Maybe when she get’s back to Washington […]

Waukesha Freeman 11/14/2013 Page A5 Opinion Walker’s waffling on casino unworthy Time to make a decision So much for deadlines. It’s a good thing Gov. Scott Walker isn’t a newspaper columnist because we sailed right past his original deadline on a casino decision into a waffle time warp. (The Waukesha Freeman’s copy editor is laughing […]

Special Interests Unite on New Bucks Arena November 14, 2013 by James Wigderson Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute We’re told, if we’re not entirely convinced, the Milwaukee Bucks need a new arena. The BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee is twenty-five years old this year. While it still stands in pretty good […]

When Was the Last Time a Government Program Shrank? MacIver Institute, November 6, 2013 by James Wigderson Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute Can we provide a social safety net at a lower cost while still serving those most in need? Most of us would answer yes, and that belief is being tested with […]

Over at RightWisconsin, I commented on the tepid performance by Mary Burke, the Democratic focus group candidate for governor, on the Rachel Maddow Show. Somebody had to make the sacrifice. Here’s a bit: The closest Burke came to controversy was when Maddow attacked Walker on abortion, accusing him of shutting down abortion clinics (as if […]

Waukesha Freeman 11/07/2013, Page A08  Mayor’s vetoes the result of poor leadership  Scrima’s grandstanding creates unnecessary tension   On Tuesday night the Waukesha Common Council voted to override Mayor Jeff Scrima’s vetoes of the increases in salaries for the mayor and the aldermen. The increases will not take effect until a new term in office. In defending […]

Trick or treat!  Recent developments make one want to scream Waukesha Freeman Opinion Page A6 10/31/13 It’s Halloween time again. If you live in the city of Waukesha, tonight is trick or treat. Prepare for the invasion of little ones begging for candy. Make sure you give out the good stuff in case it’s my […]

This column appeared in the Waukesha Freeman in 2007. I hope you enjoy it. Re-reading it brought back some fond memories. It seems like everyone’s sweet on Halloween Teenagers begging for treats as popular as giant glowing lawn displays these days   By JAMES WIGDERSON October 25, 2007 The children of the Wigderson family couldn’t wait […]