September 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.
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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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Hummel lawsuit over, but questions still lingerSeptember 22, 2011The cityís 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 donít come close to answering the real questions and concerns that remain.The agreement states the $2.1 million payment ďis 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 ...Ē
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 wasnít 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. .
Geneva Ridge saga has many chapters to goSeptember 08, 2011Last weekís 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.
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.