January 19, 2012For once I agree with everyone.
The City Council is moving ahead with plans to allow outdoor dining in Lake Geneva. Potentially, it's a great move forward to make an already great tourism community an even better one. The current ordinance prohibiting outdoor "encroachments" is outdated and provincial.
I agree with Alderman Frank Marsala when he said, "I always thought this was a good idea. This is a summer resort town and it's a plus."
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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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Lawsuit against former alderwoman makes pointJanuary 12, 2012It’s been a long, winding and uphill climb and we didn’t even make it to the top.Late last week, our lawsuit against former city alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier officially came to an end with no more answers than we had before.Our court case started way back in June 2010 as part of an effort to obtain open record e-mails from city officials pertaining to the multimillion dollar federal litigation between developers Mirbeau of Geneva Lake and Geneva Ridge Joint Venture and the city of Lake Geneva.
Thoughts on one council finishing, another taking overJanuary 05, 2012There will be a new Lake Geneva City Council this year.As we reported in last week’s Regional News, incumbent councilmen Tom Hartz, Frank Marsala and Todd Krause have all chosen not to run again. All three have been steady, responsible members of the current council. As a result, the current council has been a refreshing change from the discord of a previous one.
A mixed bag of prediction successesJanuary 05, 2012In 2010 I was pretty on with my predictions. So, let’s see how I did with my predictions for 2011.The following are my 2011 predictions with an explanation of what really happened.Prediction No. 1: Lake Geneva residents and taxpayers will start to receive some answers regarding what really happened behind the scenes regarding the Mirbeau and Hummel development proposals. It will not be good news and will cost the city, or at least the city’s insurance carrier, millions.
Looking back: New Year’s Eve steeped in magicDecember 29, 2011The first New Year’s Eve I remember was 1959.I was 13, the only child of a widowed and fragile mother, at the turn of a new decade.We were at the home of a neighbor, a home I dreamed of living in one day. There was a fireplace in the living room and a breezeway between the house and the garage where we played ping pong. On the second floor was the bedroom where I slept when my mother was away. I remember reading a science fiction novel there, bright sunlight streaming through the grove of trees just beyond the window.
When it comes down to it, image countsDecember 22, 2011Am I the only person who thinks Rick Perry’s John Wayne imitation is pretty transparent?Sure, everyone wants a John Wayne as president. Strong. Decisive. Straight-shooting.But Perry has taken it to cartoonish extremes. The big shoulders. The high collars (how does he get his head to appear as though it’s on the top of a statue?). The third-person posturing — “In a Rick Perry presidency ...”
Local hero appearance on CNN specialDecember 15, 2011My heart racing, my hands shaking and the feeling in my stomach were definitely the signs.It’s been a long time since I felt those types of emotions — usually only when I have had to speak in front of tons of people or many years ago before a big high school or college basketball game or tennis match was to be played. But Sunday night, watching the live “CNN Heroes” show, I was definitely nervous. No, I was not there in person, nor was I the person who was being recognized or who would have to speak in front of millions of people.
Christmas is a season for helping those in needDecember 08, 2011In the past many weeks, I have been amazed at the generosity of our community.They’ve donated food for the local pantries, one held a free Thanksgiving Day meal, while others are loading boxes and trees at various locations with coats, hats and mittens and collecting more money and food for the local pantries. As we approach the Christmas holiday, it seems as though the giving spirit has only just begun.
Why are all those people in line, in the cold?December 01, 2011Not every single week there is a topic that I want to write about in the whole column. Some topics would require too much rambling. However, they are pertinent for a few inches of copy.In advance, I am sorry Sports Illustrated for stealing one of your note column titles. Here are some “Things I think, I think?”
Thankful for a job that’s more than a paycheckNovember 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.
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?