Editor’s Note: This Commentary (originally posted in April) is again timely because of the late August damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey. That damage is sure to complicate Congressional efforts to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which will lapse if not reauthorized by Sept. 30. The NFIP is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and provides coverage for more than 4.9 million policyholders, including 593,113 in Texas. The Texas total includes nearly 250,000 federal insurance policies in Houston and surrounding Harris County with a total coverage value of about $69.3 billion, according to FEMA data as reported by rollcall.com. FEMA is authorized to borrow only $5.8 billion to cover claims that exceed the funds it has on hand, unless Congress raises the borrowing limit. Much of the NFIP’s $24.6 billion debt came from damage claims submitted after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
By Joyce Anderson, for the Chippewa Valley Post This past Sunday night (Aug. 13), my family and I took part in the candlelight vigil at Phoenix Park in Eau Claire. As we lit our candles and watched the river roll by, beyond tall summer grass and clusters of Black-eyed Susans, we joined the others present […]
By David Gordon, Associate Editor The technology used for propaganda may – in today’s changed mass media environment – have outpaced and overwhelmed the ability to report the truth, according to Washington Post columnist and associate editor Eugene Robinson. Robinson spoke Wednesday in Chicago at the 2017 conference of the Association for Education in Journalism […]
By Shirley Shelley, Mayo Clinic Health System Are you frustrated with a lack of progress in your weight loss efforts? Does it seem as if you’re eating all the right foods and exercising, but your weight still isn’t going down? If you’re not keeping track of what you’re eating and what you’re doing for exercise, you […]
The Wisconsin Constitution states that “the doors of each house” of the state Legislature “shall be kept open,” except on rare occasions. But even with the doors open, the public may not know what’s going on.
A growing trend threatens transparency — and good government — in Wisconsin. Some legislative committees are using “mail ballots” to vote, instead of voting during public meetings. It’s a practice that goes back over a decade, and one that has been used by both parties.
The petition by 54 retired circuit judges asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to require all state judges to step away from cases involving large donors to their election campaigns reflects broader concerns among lawyers and judges about the way the state’s highest court is functioning, according to retired Circuit Judge Thomas Barland of Eau Claire.