Don't feel bad if you don't understand the latest hoopla surrounding a proposed trade deal with Europe and Asia. Usually, you can give politicians credit for simplifying even the most complex issues into something average citizens, and even journalists, can understand.
After Rep. Paul Ryan was named Mitt Romney's running mate in the 2012 presidential election, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely candidate in 2016, had a few words of advice for his fellow Wisconsinite.
With six weeks to go before millions could find themselves without affordable health care, Republican leaders in Congress still don't have a plan to respond to the potential disaster for many families.
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Amid the growing chorus of commentators, pundits, consultants and advisors heading into the 2016 presidential election, Rep. Paul Ryan is one of a small group of people who can share advice on the race from personal experience.
And his advice for the Republicans running in 2016?
To be good at running on a presidential ticket you have to be sincere and be yourself, even if it means it will cost you the election.
Now that my sons are grown and off on their own, the piano on which they gained a love of music, a passion that remains with them today, sat unused in our dining room.
It deserved a new family, so last week, I placed an ad in the Messenger, our weekly newspaper covering northern Rock County, and by Sunday the piano had been loaded on to a trailer and off to a family in Edgerton to inspire a new generation of musicians.