It may be the time for families to gather, but my relatives this year are far flung. 

Moyers & Company on PBS Sunday ran excerpts from a program that followed two Milwaukee families, the Stanleys and the Neumanns, whose breadwinners lost factory jobs in 1990. With its once-vigorous economy based on industry, the hub of southeast Wisconsin now misses manufacturing jobs tha…

With all the chatter about misconduct by the IRS, Justice and State departments, and claims of mismanagement at the highest levels of government, it’s easy to overlook some real scandals that affect our health and safety everyday. 

I admire Fareed Zakaria, but once again we seem to disagree. First it was on the Keystone XL pipeline (he was for, I was against). Now it’s hydraulic fracturing, the process by which gas and oil trapped deep underground in shale is released under pressure of water, sand and chemicals.

Okay, I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. It’s true that as columnists go, I’m probably less opinionated than most. I rarely write screeds, and the journalist in me still requires that I consider both sides of an argument.  Like our president, I occasionally take flack from…

As Congress returns from yet another recess, they’re set to take up the issue of immigration. Long overdue, comprehensive reform could bring approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants out from the shadows and into the mainstream.

Finally, the U.S. Senate voted March 22 to pass an amendment by Mark Begich (D-AK) to require labeling of genetically engineered fish. The senator noted that more than 60 countries currently require labeling of GE foods, including Russia, China and the EU. Also, more than 2,000 grocery store…

When people ask my position on the Keystone XL pipeline, I tend to waffle, saying I don’t know enough about it yet. That is partly true, yet now I’m faced with a dilemma. Two of my heroes have taken opposite sides on the issue.

Anyone who thinks vertigo is just a Hitchcock thriller simply hasn’t been there. But is it a disease or merely a symptom? A correct diagnosis could make the difference between a brief inconvenience and a debilitating malady. 

In the aftermath of the Connecticut shootings we’re learning more about our society’s gun culture and the appalling dearth of services for those with mental illness.

As a member of the media for more than two decades, I rarely complain about news coverage, but so little was said during the election debates, if one can call them that, about the real problems this country faces. 

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