Steve Braunginn

Wisconsin needs to finally awaken to the folly of tossing 17-year-olds into the adult corrections system. And one significant step toward this goal is a bill just introduced by Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee). more

Feb 25, 2010 3:00 PM Opinion

When I was on the Dane County Board from 1992 to 1998, I had the opportunity to work with both candidates for Dane County executive. I think my experience gives me some insight into their character. more

Mar 26, 2009 2:00 PM Opinion

hristmas feels different this year. I'm not exactly sure why, maybe fewer lights, less spending. But it's more than that. There's an unease in the air, but also a sense of hope. I can't wait for Barack Obama to be sworn in as president. I'm ready, as are many others, to see the end of the George W. Bush era. But that's only a part of it. more

Dec 18, 2008 3:00 PM Opinion

When I heard the announcement that "Sen. Barack Obama is now President-Elect Obama," the flood dams broke, letting loose a torrent of tears. A new era was born. more

Nov 13, 2008 3:00 PM Opinion

Wall Street is committing suicide with our tax dollars. Housing foreclosures are at their highest levels since the Great Depression, gas prices are higher than ever before, and the federal government is in panic mode. more

Oct 2, 2008 2:00 PM Opinion

It was a David vs. Goliath moment. A UW-Oshkosh political science instructor, who happens to have a gay daughter, took on the state of Wisconsin over its 2006 amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions. Goliath won. more

Jun 19, 2008 2:00 PM Opinion

Now that Madison School Supt. Art Rainwater is on his way to retirement, it's time to reexamine programs, staffing and curricula throughout the district. more

Apr 10, 2008 2:00 PM Opinion

t's amazing how a few kicks in the behind can be a catalyst for change. That sure was the case with the troubled Ridgewood Country Club Apartments in Fitchburg. more

Aug 2, 2007 5:05 PM Opinion

Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Especially if that small group includes LaMarr Billups. more

May 17, 2007 2:39 PM Opinion

The nasty talk of black columnists and community leaders about the state of Sen. Barack Obama's blackness isn't slowing him down one bit. more

Mar 29, 2007 3:18 PM Opinion

Now I know how a woman feels when she goes through menopause. Hot flashes. Mood changes. Achiness. Fatigue. Loss of appetite. And wondering when it all will go away. more

Dec 14, 2006 4:27 PM Opinion

Opponents of the Nov. 7 referendum include libertarian-minded conservatives, dyed-in-the-wool Republicans, evangelical Protestant churches, synagogues, labor unions, local chambers of commerce, business leaders, the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors and influential African American officials. Conspicuously absent are African American churches and their clergy. more

Oct 19, 2006 3:00 PM Opinion

Excitement abounds during these "Back to School" days. Kids and parents crowd into stores, buying supplies and clothes for the new school year. Less thrilled are the students who know they will show up at the first day of school lacking those supplies, lacking those new clothes, and lacking the money to pay the ever-increasing list of school fees. more

Aug 31, 2006 6:02 PM Opinion