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with Craig Thompson

10/01/12

In Wisconsin, we make things

As Americans, we take pride in making things. We also have gotten pretty good at wallowing in things, as well. While there is no doubt the United States faces some significant challenges – many of our own making and some a result of external factors – we seem obsessed these days with proving we understand just how bad things are. If I hear one more analogy to the Roman Empire, I think I am going to be sick. Ditto if I again hear the tired line “we used to make things in America.” You know what? We still do make things. We still do it pretty damn well. And you know what else? That is especially true here in Wisconsin.

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08/15/12

A rising tide lifts all Badgers

A lot of different things come to mind when you think of Wisconsin. The Packers, cheddar, the Brewers, Colby, the Badgers, Gouda, the Dells, havarti, Whistling Straits, Asiago, the House on the Rock, Parmesan. For some reason, unlike our fellow Americans on the East and West coasts, not many cheeseheads identify our ports or the fact that we are surrounded on three sides by water as one of our state’s distinguishing traits.

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07/18/12

Ten things you should know about the federal transportation bill

There is a pretty good chance you haven’t heard that Congress recently passed and the president signed a national transportation bill. The same week that the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) and Congress voted to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, they somehow managed to come to an agreement on a surface transportation bill that determines federal policy and funding for roads and transit systems in this country.

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06/20/12

The big dog on the block

Does anything convey the image of summer like a bicycle? In “Girls in Their Summer Clothes,” Bruce Springsteen paints the picture: “Well the street lights shine. Down on Blessing Avenue. Lovers they walk by, holdin' hands two by two. A breeze crosses the porch. Bicycle spokes spin 'round.”

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05/17/12

But how will my wife get her shoes?

These days it seems like we can argue over just about anything. The only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that we need more jobs. Start talking about how we accomplish that, however, and all hell breaks loose. Some arguments are to be expected. Markets and the economy are tricky things, with very smart people holding many disparate opinions about what actions stimulate or retard growth. Some arguments, however, can make your head hurt.

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Craig Thomspon is the executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. Founded in 1971, the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin promotes the vitality and safety of the state's transportation system, including public transit systems, public-use and general-aviation airports, railroads, commercial ports, and roads. Thompson also serves as secretary for the referendum committee Vote Yes for Transportation. www.TDAwisconsin.org and www.VoteYesforTransportation.com.

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