Op Eds and Milwaukee Life

Get a Move On, Milwaukee

April 30, 2006

Get a move on, Milwaukee! By RICHARD THIEME Posted: April 29, 2006 Icame to Milwaukee in 1987 as the head pastor of a downtown church. In my sermon at the installation service, I named two issues that I believed were critical to Milwaukee’s future, economically and spiritually – race relations and the kinds of jobs […]

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A Modest Proposal

October 25, 2005

The battle over a new stadium is unsettling to everyone. Most of us know about this event because the media give it so much coverage. This is only appropriate. During a week when the Israeli Prime Minister warns of the likelihood of nuclear terrorism, mass graves are uncovered in the Balkans, and economic data reminds […]

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Will Wisconsin decide to compete in the 21st century?

June 24, 2005

Will Wisconsin decide to compete in 21st century? The Business Journal of Milwaukee – June 24, 2005 by Richard Thieme How many psychiatrists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Just one, says the old joke, but the lightbulb has to really want to be changed. The same is true for Wisconsin in the […]

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Persons of Conscience and the Laws of Robotics

March 12, 2005

Persons of Conscience and the Laws of Robotics by Richard Thieme The Three Laws of Robotics I have been listening a lot lately to persons of conscience. What do I mean by “persons of conscience?” Let’s take a cue from Jeffrey Wigand. Wigand, made famous by the film The Insider, is the man who called […]

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Betting on the Boomers

March 11, 2005

We’re living longer and longer, but we still treat boomers as if they’re busted. It takes society a while to catch up with itself. One thing changes – and it might be a really big thing – but institutions with deeply ingrained habits don’t see that they’re out of step … until the gap widens […]

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New Mugs at Stone Creek Coffee – The Simple Pleasures of the Poor

January 7, 2004

from the Stone Creek coffee newsletter … New Mugs at Stone Creek Coffee – The Simple pleasures of the Poor “Wow! just FEEL that!” Not used to such enthusiasm from my wife about holding a hot cup of coffee, I looked at her hands cupped around the new Stone Creek coffee mugs. Her fingers moved […]

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Human Nature Doesn’t Stop at the State Line

December 15, 2003

“It’s different in Wisconsin” The first time I heard that was as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during a political science course. I had lived until then in Chicago and when I raised issues based on my experience with the Richard J. Daley machine, the instructor laughed at my naiveté and spoke of […]

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A Suburban Curmudgeon and the Empty Nest Condo

November 28, 2003

Suburban curmudgeon and the empty nest condo copyright 2003 The Business Journal of Milwaukee – November 28, 2003 When my family moved to Milwaukee 16 years ago with four children still in school, the five-bedroom brick colonial we found in Fox Point made sense. But, one by one, the kids left, and their bedrooms became […]

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Going the Distance (after 9/11)

October 30, 2001

Americans tend to be sprinters.  Hair-trigger reflexes at the ready, we wait at the line for the gun, and when it comes, we shoot out of the blocks and burn it up. The wars we fought in the Gulf, in Panama, Somalia, Grenada, were sprints. We broke that tape and returned to our homes. Now […]

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The Spirit of Success

May 2, 1997

The Spirit of Success Books on spirituality and business are flooding the marketplace. Why? The boomers, the biggest market in history, are in midlife. They’re asking hard questions and looking for answers. Their questions — how do my values relate to making a living? How can I balance life’s practical demands with the urgency of […]

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