November 24, 2011In a few months I will celebrate my third anniversary at the Regional News.
When I first heard about the job opening I was collecting Social Security and working part-time at the library. I hesitated. I had just retired from the newspaper rat race after almost 40 years and I wasn't sure I wanted to get back in. In fact, when I interviewed I was asked why I wanted the job. I heard myself answer: "I don't know if I do."
Now, as I close in on three years, I'm thankful my bosses-to-be didn't listen and hired me anyway.
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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Those helping needy every day are inspirationalNovember 17, 2011I know it’s a week early, but I can’t help feeling warm and fuzzy inside during these days leading up to Thanksgiving. For the past several days, I have spoken with a number of people from First Evangelical Lutheran Church, who are putting on a free Thanksgiving Day meal for those in need or alone during the holidays. These are giving people who are sacrificing their time with family to help others. What better definition of Thanksgiving is there?
Remembering those who served on Veterans DayNovember 10, 2011Each year, on Nov. 11, we honor those who have donned the uniform and have served in battle throughout our history.Veterans Day is Friday and it is my hope everyone takes a moment to remember the sacrifices so many have given to protect the United States as well as help others in countries all over the globe become free themselves as we are.Normally, this is a day that tends to be forgotten by many. It is listed on calendars, but many don’t think about it much past that.
Where, when, how exactly can you pack heat?November 03, 2011Wisconsin’s new concealed carry law, Act 35, which allows residents to carry concealed weapons with a permit, officially went into effect Tuesday.But it appears as though many questions remain. Some are saying the law “is loaded” with rules while others say the law has “broad new freedoms.” Many of the questions regarding the implementation are answered in a 56-page document I found on the Wisconsin Towns website. There is plenty of other information all over the Internet. Whether this is a good law will be determined in the future.
Bank robbery, CNN crews all in a week’s workOctober 27, 2011What a few days it was at the Regional News last week.Last Monday, the excitement started in the afternoon when a man and his dog walked into the office and told us PNC Bank, less than a block from the Regional News office, had just been robbed.He said, “Do you want a good story?”
Sixty years later, we remember what they didOctober 20, 2011I glanced out the window of our bus. There was a lone soldier standing as stiff as a stick, saluting. He couldn’t have been much past 20.That lone soldier was standing outside one of two buses full of World War II veterans at the D.C. airport. I was a Chaper One for one of those veterans on something called Honor Flight. Honor Flight is an organization which honors veterans by sending them to Washington to see the patriotic sites. The World War II memorial. The Iwo Jima statue. The guards changing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. But it’s more than a sightseeing trip. It was a whirlwind journey meant to honor the last of the World War II veterans, to say thanks. For many of them it was the first time they saw the memorial built in their name. For too many it will be the last time.
Downtown parking solutions not easy to come byOctober 13, 2011It seems as though I have rattled many raw and exposed nerves when it comes to this parking issue in the city of Lake Geneva. Last week, I sang the praises of the council’s decision to purchase 60 parking pay station kiosks and suggested many of the people complaining about them will soon realize how wrong they were to moan and whine about them. Time will tell if I am right or if I end up completely full of it. For now, I stand by every statement I made and the way I made it.
State-of-the-art parking kiosks a good ‘change’October 06, 2011The ink isn’t even dry, so to speak, on a contract to buy the 60 new state-of-the-art parking station kiosks and all I’m hearing and reading are complaints. People are whining about having to walk a few extra steps to the stations after they park and how it’s going to be more time consuming and inconvenient. Others are complaining about having to remember their parking space number or how they may have to actually read and use their brain to figure out how to work the new machines.The cost of the new system also appears to be irking some people. With an $810,000 price tag, this system nearly matches the cost of the new aerial ladder truck. It’s slightly less than all the road work that will occur in the city during the next three years.
Local hero has difficulty accepting recognitionSeptember 29, 2011Sal Dimiceli may very well not win the CNN Hero of the Year and $250,000 for his Time Is Now organization.But one thing is certain — he is my hero and he should be a hero for many others and this community as a whole. It was many years ago when I first met Sal. The Time Is Now column was already running in the Regional News and I had become editor. He didn’t know me and he wanted to make sure we were still on board to print his weekly letters. At that time, it was still unknown how big this would all get.
Hummel lawsuit over, but questions still lingerSeptember 22, 2011The city’s insurance company has paid $2.1 million to Geneva Ridge Joint Venture to settle claims the developer made against the city and its officials.But the exchange of money and four-page release of claims agreement don’t come close to answering the real questions and concerns that remain.The agreement states the $2.1 million payment “is not to be construed as an admission of fault or liability on the part of the released parties in any respect whatsoever. To the contrary, it is understood that the released parties expressly deny such fault or liability ...”
9/11 tragedy remains sobering in many waysSeptember 15, 2011To be honest, my plan this weekend was to avoid all news coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. It certainly wasn’t a decision made out of disrespect for this country, those who died, all the heroes who made a difference that day and the soldiers and other servicemen who continue to battle this war on terrorism. I thought the memories of that day were still ingrained enough in my mind that watching it all again Sunday was unnecessary. .