July 19, 2012Last Saturday, the mayor and I talked after a neighborhood meeting.
A few days before, Speedo Condos and I shared a few words outside his restaurant.
And on Friday, I had an e-mail exchange with a critic of a recent story.
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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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Extreme heat a serious threat to athletesJuly 12, 2012It was ridiculously hot out last week. Even baseball games were cancelled, and that doesn’t happen very often.With temperatures hovering around and even surpassing 100 degrees numerous times last week, several parents requested and were granted the cancellation of Thursday’s senior legion tilt between Genoa City and Westosha, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. at Krisik Park in Genoa City.Genoa City assistant coach Curt Andresen agreed with the cancellation, and he said last weekend’s senior legion tournament in Mundelein, Ill., was pushed back from a Friday through Sunday schedule to only Saturday and Sunday because of the heat wave.
RN tuning in future with online TV stationJune 28, 2012When I was growing up we only had three TV channels to watch.Now we have hundreds and sometimes there doesn’t seem like there’s anything to watch.There’s certainly no station for local events or is there?
Why there’s no editorial ‘we’ at the RNJune 21, 2012A friend recently wrote me an e-mail with suggestions for the newspaper. No. 4 was: “Change voice of editorials so they speak for the newspaper as an institution and not just one person. An individual voice should be in a column.”No. 4 pushed one of my buttons, and also provided me fodder for this “column.”
A bittersweet passing, summer’s arrivalJune 14, 2012I e-mailed my girlfriend: It was a bitter-sweet day. Ray Bradbury, the writer, died.Why bittersweet? she asked.Well, bitter because he died. Sweet because it brought back memories of summer.
Has O’Neill hindered or helped his cause?June 07, 2012Can you do more by being part of the process or are you better off working from the outside?That must be something former city councilman Terry O’Neill contemplated before his sudden resignation recently.He left behind a letter in which he expressed frustration with both the city staff and the process of government.
Four X-factors for the downtown this summerMay 31, 2012Lake Geneva is a resort community.And the summer is the make or break time for many downtown merchants.They’d like it if downtown was as well known for its shopping as it is for being next to Geneva Lake. That hasn’t happened yet, but since I’ve moved here there’s been movement in that direction, especially when it comes to dining. There are better restaurants downtown and the decision to allow outdoor dining is off to a fantastic start.
They all remember Walter, the smiling meter manMay 24, 2012I just walked in the office Wednesday morning. The papers were so hot off the press I hadn’t even seen one.But Dorothy McLernon had. She was thrilled when she saw her father-in-law, Walter McLernon, as the jolly meter person in last week’s historical feature.We expected someone would know his identity but not so quickly. Dorothy said Walter, who has since passed away, had been a policeman for Lake Geneva until he retired at the then-mandatory retirement age of 55. But Walter felt he was “too young to retire” and he loved to walk. So the city offered him a job as a meter man, following Corby Geise, who we are told was the city’s first meter man. That was in 1961.
Railroad aficionado fighting lonely battleMay 17, 2012Ed Yaeger was walking slowly. He had just left yet another meeting of the Lake Geneva Park Commission and was making his way down the city hall steps.At the meeting recently, members had sung “Happy Birthday” to Yaeger, who had turned 85 that day. They gave him cupcakes and a birthday card signed by some of the city hall staff.
Every picture tells a Mother’s Day storyMay 10, 2012We all have snapshots of our mothers.Snippets of memories.Most of mine come from a time when she was aging — perhaps the first time I really paid attention.
Another great lake at my doorstepMay 03, 2012I grew up two blocks from Lake Michigan and thought everyone had a Great Lake in their front yard.Now I live about the same distance from Geneva Lake. So six decades later I have another great lake at my doorstep.There’s something about such a large body of water that speaks to me in languages that only the soul understands.