February 03, 2011So you're in Lake Geneva for Winterfest.
You heard there were some neat snow sculptures. They're really cool, but so is the weather. So now you're wondering what else to do.
When I go to a new city, I dream of running into some local resident, someone in a little coffee shop maybe — someone to serve as a tour guide.
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January 20, 2011Although I enjoy almost all sports, I don't typically use this column to talk about those things.
An editorial should be about important national topics such as our more than $14 trillion national debt, increasing health care costs and the use of politics by some to make excuses or try to explain why an insane man shot people at an Arizona grocery store.
An editorial typically should be an opinion about a local issue such as the rescue and fire services disagreement between Geneva Township and the Lake Geneva Fire Department or whether the Walworth County District Attorney's Office should have filed charges against Lake Geneva city staff for mismanagement.
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The real reason why we’re losing our freedom of speechJanuary 27, 2011The concept of political correctness has run rampant and is ruining this country and our freedoms.According to Webster’s dictionary, being politically correct means “conforming or adhering to what is regarded as orthodox liberal opinion on matters of sexuality, race, etc.”But, it also states that the term is “usually used disparagingly to connote dogmatism, excessive sensitivity to minority causes, etc.”
Stumbling along to another new yearJanuary 13, 2011I took an expensive walk the other day.I decided to leave my car at work and walk the two miles to my apartment. The walk back the next morning was chilly but exhilarating. I noticed other walkers and was happy I wasn’t the only one crazy enough to be out on a winter morning. But as I approached the Regional News, I noticed something was missing. My car.
Attacks on America head list of decade’s top storiesJanuary 06, 2011The decade is over.Throughout this edition of the Regional News, we have taken a look back at some of the intriguing, long-lasting, tragic and exciting stories from the past decade.However, just like always, our focus was local.
Prediction machine on target for onceDecember 30, 2010It’s official. I’m not so terrible at making predictions after all.These are last year’s predictions with an explanation of what really happened in 2010.Prediction No. 1: Winds of change will blow through local, state and national elections. Throughout the city of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and the country, people are fed up with the current lack of leadership. Before the end of 2009, the recall election victory by newcomer Bill Mott over Tom Spellman may have paved the way for more change in the city come April. However, the most obvious losers will be the Democrats in Washington for overspending, not listening to their constituents and expanding the size of government. Watch for Tea Party revolts leading up to the elections. Republicans aren’t safe either. The conservative movement is on the rise.
I’m not really the Grinch or Scrooge ... am I?December 23, 2010I’ve recently come to an important realization in life.For many years, I have believed I was the ultimate Grinch during the Christmas holiday season. A “Bah, Humbug” growl here and there and an uncomfortable response when people say Merry Christmas. For me, the holidays didn’t seem any different than the other time of the year. But, this year I don’t feel that way at all.
Area woman overcomes nightmares to become inspirationDecember 16, 2010Erin Merryn is one of those people you know has something important to say. The 25-year-old part-time Linn Township resident, who has spent many summers and weekends in the Lake Geneva area, wastes little time captivating her audience with her detailed description of childhood sexual abuse.She tells a story not many people would be willing to share. She was first abused at age 6 by the uncle of her best friend.
Serving in public office is about more than just an electionDecember 09, 2010An open letter to those interested in public office:Election races for aldermen, village trustees and presidents, town supervisors and chairmen, among others all will be up for grabs around the area come April. Nomination papers are due in less than four weeks from both prospective candidates and incumbents. But serving in an elected office is more than just gathering some signatures and having your name on the ballot. There’s no point in running at all if a candidate is not willing to work — before the election and if elected, for years after.
Black Friday shopping all it’s cracked up to beDecember 02, 2010There are plenty of cliches involved with Black Friday shopping — long lines, early-morning stakeouts and people rushing into a store as soon as it opens. Well, they’re all true. My fiancee Erin and I found out firsthand early Friday morning right here at Sears in Lake Geneva. But the events leading up to our shopping experience were just as, if not more, crazy than actually shopping.
Traver Hotel options should be in hands of ownersNovember 18, 2010It’s impossible for those of us who work at the Regional News to ignore what is known as the former Traver Hotel at 323 Broad St. Every day we pass it, go around it and even look out the windows of the editorial office to see the fire escape and upper floors of the now dilapidated, old building.That’s also why it’s so difficult to consider the future possibilities of the property.
Political winds shift, but history has own compassNovember 11, 2010We expect more from our leaders than they can deliver.Last week’s election was a rebuke of President Barack Obama more than a victory for the Republicans. And the one before that was a rebuke of the Republicans. We’re always trying on a new pair of pants to see if they fit better.As far as leaders go, Ronald Reagan is the darling of the right and someone I also admire for his leadership abilities at least.