ON-Lion Letter
"Wisconsin Interest first appeared 17 years ago, back in 1992, as the flagship publication of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute" (WPRI), Charles J. Sykes begins his editor's note in the newly revamped magazine.  "That first issue featured articles by former Education Secretary Bill Bennett, author Dinesh D'Souza, Professor John DiIulio, Milwaukee's then-mayor John Norquist and, as it turned out, me.  Over the years we covered politics, education, welfare reform, crime, government spending, the media, gambling, heath care, the judiciary and the economy."

The newly revamped magazine now "features a new look and attitude," continues Sykes, who is also a talk-radio host and commentator for WTMJ in Milwaukee.  "We hope you find it as informative as the old one, but also provocative and timely."  He hopes to offer hard-hitting investigative reports into government bloat and boondoggles.

In the new issue's cover article, Sunny Schubert profiles Milwaukee's St. Marcus Lutheran School.  The choice school shows how urban education can succeed in the right setting.  In other stories, John Fund covers voter fraud in Milwaukee and Mike Nichols investigates the spending of tax dollars meant to improve academic achievement on roller skating, bowling, and water-park field trips instead.

And in "What's the Matter With Wisconsin?," Sykes creatively parallels the state's current political and policymaking climate with the anti-business populism excoriated in William Allen White's original 1896 "What's the Matter With Kansas?" editorial.

Sykes concludes his editor's note, "A final word:  Over the last 18 years, it has been a singular honor to serve as editor of Wisconsin Interest, but I am especially delighted to take this magazine into its newest incarnation.  Please let us know what you think."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports WPRI.
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |