I Speak Out For Madison Police In This Week’s Isthmus

It is not everyday that one sees their name as the lead words in a first paragraph of a news story. (In the actual Isthmus newspaper my name is in large green font.)

Two months ago I was interviewed by Nathan Comp for an article on police matters in Madison as we sat on my front lawn looking out over Lake Monona.  Though I was not quoted much for the piece (though we spoke for 40 minutes) I am glad to have offered my voice for the Madison police who–as I stated–have a right to go home safely to their families at the end of the work day.

There are too many guns on the street carried by anyone with a whim and the men and women in blue have a much harder job to do today than ever before. Too few ponder the larger concerns facing our police.

The easy part is to grumble and offer an opinion on every facet of police work.  While it is clearly our right to do so I firmly believe that the vast majority of officers in Madison are just the type we would want to have at our dinner table or banter about sports and the weather over the backyard fence.  The idea they are somehow bent on harming those they are responsible for protecting is simply ludicrous.

We have allowed the louder voices to be heard in protest marches and it might seem that there is no other point of view requiring a headline.  But as I talk to people in the city–and especially in my neighborhood–I strongly sense a firm foundation of support for the police.  To pretend, as some would wish us to believe, that this city is somehow akin to a Ferguson type environment is just malarkey.

It is important for good people with common sense to make their voices heard when it comes to our local police.  After all, the police protect you and me.  They even protect those who detest them.

Another Reason Not To Curb Immigration

From the front business page of today’s Wall Street Journal.

In an industry notorious for poor working conditions, farm companies are wooing employees by raising wages faster than inflation and enhancing medical and other benefits. Even so, many farms say these efforts have failed to meaningfully address their worker shortfalls.

Overall in the U.S., the decline in workers is reducing fruit and vegetable production by 9.5%, or $3.1 billion, a year, according to a recently published analysis of government data by the Partnership for a New American Economy, a nonpartisan group that supports a looser immigration policy.

The problem started years ago and was temporarily exacerbated this summer by a glitch that snarled processing for seasonal-worker visas and delayed the arrival in the U.S. of thousands of legal farm laborers, leading to millions of dollars of crop losses in California and other states.

More broadly, growers say they are bearing the brunt of the federal government’s crackdown on illegal immigration, as they lack a suitable alternative workforce. U.S.-born workers unaccustomed to farm labor abandon the job after just days during harvest, farm owners say, and the supply of mostly Mexican laborers that made up for them has shrunk in recent years. That is partly due to tighter U.S. control of its southern border and a declining Mexican birthrate that has decreased the number of young workers heading to the U.S.

Shocker: Mexico Will Not Pay For Wall On Border

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration said there’s no truth to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump’s assertion that the nation would pay for a wall along the border between the countries.

Well that is hardly news as no one in their right mind ever expected or thought that a responsible way to proceed.

“Of course it’s false,” Eduardo Sanchez, Pena Nieto spokesman, said.  “It reflects an enormous ignorance for what Mexico represents, and also the irresponsibility of the candidate who’s saying it.”

The question I have however is will Mexico perhaps pay for the delousing of the mess on Donald Trump’s head?

President Harding’s Lusty Side Has A DNA Answer

History never fails to provide something of interest.

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She was denounced as a “degenerate” and a “pervert,” accused of lying for money and shamed for waging a “diabolical” campaign of falsehoods against the president’s family that tore away at his legacy.

Long before Lucy Mercer, Kay Summersby or Monica Lewinsky, there was Nan Britton, who scandalized a nation with stories of carnal adventures in a White House coat closet and endured a ferocious backlash for publicly claiming that she bore the love child of President Warren G. Harding.

Now nearly a century later, according to genealogists, new genetic tests confirm for the first time that Ms. Britton’s daughter, Elizabeth Ann Blaesing, was indeed Harding’s biological child. The tests have solved one of the enduring mysteries of presidential history and offer new insights into the secret life of America’s 29th president. At the least, they demonstrate how the march of technology is increasingly rewriting the nation’s history books.