May 05, 2011In New York and Washington D.C. late Sunday night, Americans took to the streets waving flags, jumping up and down and cheering.
But, they weren't celebrating one of their sports teams victories or an Election Day win. Their jubilation occurred minutes after an announcement part of the world, especially America, had waited for since September 2001.
Terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden was dead.
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May 05, 2011Howard Brown died in his sleep last week.
Mr. Brown, as most people called him out of respect, was president of United Communications Corporation, the parent company of the Kenosha News and the Lake Geneva Regional News.
The name may not be familiar to many of our readers. He lived in Kenosha and his main connection to the Lake Geneva area is that the corporation he headed owns our paper. But he is known throughout the Midwest as the paternal spirit of one of the few family-owned newspapers remaining.
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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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Sometimes change is goodApril 28, 2011It seems like every year or two I write a column like this. I talk about where we’ve been as a newspaper and where we’re going. Over the years, the Regional News has done a pretty good job keeping up with the times. We have had a website for longer than many other newspapers of our size — since about 2001. About three years ago now, we performed a full redesign of our website. During the past year or so, we have tried to stay up on the social media and have even dabbled with video and posting the materials on YouTube.
Sometimes you have to do what you don’t want to doApril 21, 2011Within the next month or so, the Lake Geneva City Council will have to decide whether to borrow up to about $3 million to pay for a list of things including road work and purchases of public works vehicles and a new aerial fire truck. In these tough economic times with a focus on state and federal deficits and debts, the financial landscape is changing. People are more focused on government spending, taxes and services at all levels than they have been in a long time. When it comes to those three — spending, taxes and services — there are always options and choices for a governmental body.
Yes, it could happen — one of our own could be running showApril 14, 2011Wisconsin’s own Paul Ryan could be president some day.Whether he should be president is a different matter — but as far as viability is concerned, look at the facts:The Republicans are looking for a fresh face. Mitt Romney is wooden. Newt Gingrich is old hat. Donald Trump is a joke. The Tea Party leaning candidates probably can’t pull enough of the moderate voters needed to win. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty? Doubtful. So, that leaves the Republican Party with ... nobody.
In this country, irresponsible still get benefit of doubtApril 07, 2011I know some people are in a state of panic.There is just more than a week left until your federal income tax returns must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service — well, sort of. After a search of the IRS.gov website late last week, I found there were 1.1 million people in 2007 who did not file their federal income taxes. Apparently, these people are owed more than $1.1 billion in refunds.
Why does it feel like I’m still on a roller coaster rideMarch 31, 2011Long ago I realized an important philosophy — nothing is ever as bad as it seems. But, that also means nothing ever is as good as it seems, either. That goes for just about everything in life.And it’s a good thing that saying often creeps into my mind. Sometimes, if it didn’t, I think I would go crazy in this business.
Special section celebrates 175th anniversaryMarch 24, 2011It’s the birthday no one knows about.It was 175 years ago this year that the first United States citizen settled in the Lake Geneva area. The city celebrated the 150th anniversary, but we’re unaware of any plans for this year.Undeterred, The Lake Geneva Regional News has developed a special section to commemorate that anniversary, “175 Years of Progress.” The section — which will be in next week’s Regional News and at store locations — also will celebrate the birthdays of many of our local and area businesses.
Finding a budgetary solution everyone can deal withMarch 10, 2011As unions, teachers and others in the state continue to battle Gov. Scott Walker and his proposed state budget and repair bill, there’s at least one community that seemingly has come together to deal with the likely future cuts rather than just argue about them.Lake Geneva teachers, support staff, administrators and School Board members have agreed to renegotiated two-year contracts that will ensure no layoffs or staff cuts for 2011-12.Teachers, staff and administrators conceded to paying higher portions of their health insurance premiums and to their pensions. They also agreed to a two-year wage freeze.
The Time is Now to HelpStudent asks TIN to help grandmaMarch 10, 2011Dear W.C.,I am worried about my grandma. She has been very sick. I am in college out of state and surprised her with a visit last week. I was shocked by how bad she looked. She is much too skinny and her house was very cold. I cried when I saw she had very little food in the house. I am in college on a scholarship and do not have any money to help her myself. I used what money I had and bought her some food. I asked her if she was paying her bills and she told me it wasn’t my concern. I saw overdue bills on her kitchen counter. I also noticed her glasses were broken and asked her if she had another pair. She said she did not, which has me worried because I know she cannot see without them. She raised me as a child when my own mother was incapable. She encouraged me my whole life to get educated and be the best I could be. I am the only relative my grandma has left to count on. I feel so sad seeing her struggle after years of caring for me.
The good fight hard to find these days in politicsMarch 03, 2011Chuck and I agreed to disagree.Whether it was about Joe McCarthy or President Obama or welfare or warfare, we were rarely on the same side of the political spectrum. And after the debates were done, after we’d exhausted our arguments, we could still sit down, have a beer and talk about other things. Somehow that’s become difficult these days — and the protests in Madison this week are a living example. As I watch the story unfold I find it hard not to feel my blood pressure rise at the same time. The irony is that I see both sides, and both sides anger me with their stridency and their stretching of the facts.