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Election eves are tiring, but I never grow tired of them

April 12, 2012
There's nothing like a newsroom on election night. Regional News Reporter Chris Schultz bursting into the Regional News with results from the city. Reporter Rob Ireland calling in from Fontana with results to go up on the web. Reporter Steve Targo guessing wrong on just about every race he was covering. Two pizzas, steaming on a desk, waiting to be eaten. And the clock ticking.
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Some of us have been waiting a lifetime for this

January 20, 2011
Although 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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Locals, businesses need common ground
April 05, 2012
It’s our own little civil war.Every tourist community fights it.It’s over aligning the interests of the locals with the tourist-oriented businesses.
Some lessons shouldn’t be so hard to learn
March 29, 2012
Shoes or a book?When I was a kid, I picked up the habit of reading while I walked. The Hardy Boys when I was going to the store. Or a newspaper, the sports section usually, when I was walking home from my paper route. People always figured I’d end up walking in front of a car. Hasn’t happened yet.A few days ago, I had this book vs. shoes dilemma because I’ve been walking to work lately. I usually carry a pair of dress shoes I put on when I get to the office. But carrying a pair of shoes and reading a book at the same time are incompatible. Usually, the shoes make the cut. But this morning I was reading a book I couldn’t put down.
Regional News looking toward the future
March 22, 2012
As most readers know by now, editor Lisa Seiser has left the Regional News.She’s become the managing editor of a daily paper in Junction City, a couple hours west of Kansas City.We will miss her. The city will miss her. I will miss her.
Leaving Lake Geneva with mixed emotions
March 15, 2012
“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.”Oliver Wendell Holmes
High profile court case coverage will continue
March 08, 2012
We’ve recently taken some heat regarding our coverage of two high profile felony cases now going through the Walworth County court system.That’s understandable. People can have their say and we will listen. However, there appears to be a misunderstanding as to what are the responsibilities and duties of a newspaper and communication company when it comes to covering these types of situations. I think this is a perfect time to attempt to clarify to our readers as to how and why we report the things we do.
Main Street traffic improvements must be done
March 01, 2012
Sometimes there are difficult choices local government officials must make. There are always two sides to an issue. There’s taxpayer money involved and seemingly always the way of life and future of the municipality at stake.One upcoming decision the Lake Geneva City Council will make is whether to install state-of-the-art traffic signals on Main Street at the intersections of Center and Broad streets. While a good percentage of most decisions are tough, this one is a no-brainer. I don’t believe there is a choice in this matter. Just like the need for the Edwards Boulevard extension to Sheridan Springs Road, this is a need in the community that can’t fall by the wayside.
You get a lot of news, information for $1.25
February 23, 2012
I can hear the voices ringing in my ears already.“$1.25 for a local paper!?”It’s true. The Lake Geneva Regional News is going to $1.25 at stores — a 25 cent per copy increase — starting with the March 1 edition that hits the stands next Wednesday. It’s our first single copy increase in eight years. Some newspapers cost more; some cost less. (And you can still pay less for the Regional News if you take out a subscription.)
Things to think about: Elections, open meetings, sidewalks
February 16, 2012
There are times when I think about a number of issues, but don’t want to focus on one for an entire column. Here’s one of those times. The following are some things I’ve been thinking about lately.The “sidewalk to nowhere”
Snow is part of life in a Wisconsin winter
February 09, 2012
It’s February and there’s no snow on the ground. There are no piles of snow in parking lots or along the curbs, either. But, a few weeks ago the area was hit with a few inches and that had some business owners fired up about the city’s snow removal process in the downtown. Their beef was on Saturday, Jan. 21, when some of their customers complained that they had to climb over a pile of snow at the curb to get from their car to the sidewalk.Let’s take a closer look.
Difficult to understand, tougher to explain
February 02, 2012
When you read the words Tax Incremental Financing District, your eyes probably glaze over. This is a topic that’s not extremely interesting, fun or easy to understand.But it is important. And although I am not positive I comprehend TIF in its entirety, I think it’s valuable for those outside the local governments to understand its positives and negatives.
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