Avrum D. Lank

Essayist, Freelance Writer

Avrum D. Lank was an award-winning reporter and columnist at the Milwaukee Sentinel and Journal Sentinel for more than 35 years. He lives in in Whitefish Bay and his freelance work has appeared in Milwaukee Magazine and Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine, among other places. He is an occasional panelist on the Interchange program on Milwaukee Public Television and holds degrees in economics from Antioch College and journalism from Northwestern University.

Politics & Government
5:22 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

ESSAY: Unpacking Sen. Ron Johnson's Comments and Lawsuit over 'Obamacare'

Essayist Avi Lank on health care

When U.S. Senator Ron Johnson announced he was suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act, a lot was made over the difference of opinion within Republican circles over the suit. 

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12:41 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

ESSAY: Consider That Not Everyone Celebrates Christmas

Essayist Avi Lank says there's been an "undue public emphasis" on Chanukah to coincide with the Christmas holiday.
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Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank says he's part of the minority of Americans who don't celebrate Christmas.

I once worked at a social service agency filled with people who truly cared about humanity and toiled diligently for small pay to understand and help everyone.

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Economy & Business
2:14 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Essay: Influential Milwaukeean Mitchell Fromstein, 85, Fought Manpower's Takeover

The late Mitchell Fromstein (left) was a former CEO of Manpower, who led the business through upheaval. Also pictured: current ManpowerGroup CEO Jeff Joerres and co-founder Elmer Winter
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Lake Effect essayist Avrum Lank remembers an influential Milwaukeean.

Mitchell Fromstein died recently at the age of 85. History’s currents are broader than the life of a single individual, but Fromstein’s life certainly captured an era in Milwaukee.

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Politics & Government
11:11 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Essay: The Bottom Line of Treating Government as a Business

Essay by Lake Effect contributor Avrum Lank.

Ever since the Reagan administration, there have been increasing demands that government be run like a business.

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Economy & Business
5:20 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Essay: Why Amazon Will Now Collect Wisconsin Sales Tax

Amazon's logo
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Essayist Avrum Lank explains why Amazon will now collect sales tax in Wisconsin.

The news hit late last week that a new stream of sales tax revenue will soon be coming to the Badger State.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank tries to put the development in perspective.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Essay: Anticipating New Year's...Already

School has just started, and already some of our listeners are looking ahead to New Year’s.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank is one such person.

Lank was an award-winning reporter and columnist at the Milwaukee Sentinel and Journal Sentinel for more than 35 years. He lives in in Whitefish Bay and his freelance work has appeared in Milwaukee Magazine and Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine, among other places.

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Politics & Government
11:28 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Essay: State Should Embrace Singer-Protestors

Singing protestors at the State Capitol in Madison have recently been arrested.
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Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank reflects on the protest songs being sung at the State Capitol.

Recently in Madison, singing protestors have been making themselves heard in the State Capitol building, and that has Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank thinking.

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Politics & Government
12:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Essay: Wisconsin at Tax Disadvantage Over Gay Marriage Laws

A gay couple gets married days after the Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
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Essayist Avi Lank weighs in on the Supreme Court's recent ruling on DOMA.

The US Supreme Court’s recent ruling on DOMA will have many far-reaching effects on our society. Essayist Avi Lank says not the least of those will be economic.

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6:32 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Essay: Independent of Independence Day Sales

Essayist Avi Lank offers his thoughts on Fourth of July sales.

We're just two short days away from July 4th - which means, Independence Day fireworks, cookouts, and big sales at retailers.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank may partake in the first two traditions, but as for the third - count him out.

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