September 08, 2011Last week's Lake Geneva City Council meetings may have seemed like an unfortunate example of democracy gone awry.
Virtually all the speakers wanted the council to turn down the proposal that might pave the way for a new development in the Geneva Ridge area.
Not only did the council members support the change in the comprehensive plan on a 5-3 vote, but they gave very few reasons for their vote. Only Alderman Tom Hartz provided any explanation.
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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 good, bad and ugly in a communityAugust 25, 2011For many visitors to Lake Genevaís annual Venetian Festival, the first thought that comes to mind is having fun.We go on carnival rides, play games, listen to music, catch up with people, spend time with family and friends and definitely hit the food tents. While all of that is fun, I think the best parts of Venetian Festival are the food and beer tents run by the local charity organizations.
Council decisions will determine cityís futureAugust 18, 2011Monday night is going to be quite a battle.Itís been a long time since such important city decisions were expected to be discussed and possibly voted on all at the same meeting.Probably the most controversial will be the public hearing on the recommended change to the Master Plan for the Geneva Ridge Joint Venture property on the southeast side of the city.
A new battle concept for comprehensive plan hearing: ListenAugust 11, 2011Spyro ďSpeedoĒ Condos and I havenít always agreed.I often see him outside his restaurant when Iím going to take a lakeshore walk and we have short conversations. Last Saturday, Speedo and I had one of these sidewalk conversations. I commented on how nice I thought the bridge looked; he didnít totally agree with me ó which is, as I said, not all that unusual.ďIím a heritage guy,Ē he said.
Itís almost time for Venetian, Walworth County FairAugust 04, 2011The heat is here. But, that also means ... I canít believe Iím going to say it ... summer is almost over. The months of May, June and July just flew by, didnít they?Itís already August and local students will be heading back to school in just more than four weeks. Teachers will be back at school earlier than that and the rest of us who try to get away and enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin summer almost have run out of time.But, August also signifies some of the areaís biggest and best events including Venetian Festival and the Walworth County Fair.
A policy change, a plan for the future, criticism debunkedJuly 28, 2011Two city government stories caught my eye last week.First, there was an item about a change in policy regarding city employees storing personal items on city-owned property.As Alderman Tom Krause said such a practice is ďway out of line.
Itís time to be honest about my problemJuly 21, 2011I have a deep, dark secret.For years, I have hid it well from many. I donít talk about it except with those who have a similar problem.Itís true ó I really enjoy watching wrestling. Itís not the kind of wrestling you see in the Olympics or at local high schools during the winter.
Some things Iíve been thinking about for awhileJuly 14, 2011Normally, we dedicate an entire column or editorial to one topic. Not this week. Unless I wanted to delve into the debt ceiling debate (which I am too frustrated to even discuss right now) none of the other things I have had on my mind, while important, can fill the entire editorial space. So, here are some things Iíve been thinking about lately in no particular order.
Everything you want to know about the newspaper, moreJuly 07, 2011I know you want to learn all about fonts, right? Be honest. Are you sure, now?Donít be silly, Iím not going to bore you with those ďtypesĒ of details. But seriously, the Regional News is embarking on a redesign of the newspaper and website. Weíve been working on these improvements for several weeks now. An unveiling of the new-look Regional News is a few weeks away and the website is being improved weekly. Make sure to check it out at www.lakegenevanews.net.
Viva the differences ó what July 4th really meansJune 30, 2011ďCan you write a column about July 4th?Ē Editor Lisa Seiser said. ďI donít want to write the same thing I wrote last year ... and the year before.ĒActually, she wasnít giving herself enough credit. There were differences. Last year, for instance, the editorial ran horizontally. The year before it ran vertically. The headlines were different. And one had a picture with it; the other one didnít.Itís true though that they were both similar in that she wrote about the Declaration of Independence and the remarkable freedoms it bestowed on us.
Kenosha, we have a problem ó a serious problemJune 23, 2011Unless you work in the office at the Regional News or the Kenosha News, you donít know that there almost wasnít a newspaper last Wednesday.The streak of the paper coming out on time ó 139 years long ó almost came to an end.Yes, really, no paper. Well, maybe it wouldnít have been that disastrous. More likely only a day or two late, but that would have been bad enough.