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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