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Tidbits of life in Lake Geneva

April 28, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series by Lake Geneva historian Patrick Quinn. The two columns explore Quinn’s memories of growing up in Lake Geneva.

Historians are necessarily at the mercy of those who preceded them.

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Pilgrimage reminds us what's important

April 28, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the first part in a three-part series by Regional News columnist Bruce Johnson.

It isn’t how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable; it’s how you spend the time.
David Brenner

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Wisconsin GAB connected to the IRS scandal

April 28, 2016

This is the third of my columns on this topic - but it certainly is not the end of the story. Neither is it “The Rest of the Story” as the Norman Rockwell of AM radio Paul Harvey might have said.


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What conservative and liberal electors fear
April 21, 2016

The Racine Journal Times announced “Legal experts say new Mississippi Law violates 1st Amendment,” including those from the University of Mississippi, Mississippi College, Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University in New York City. Each pointing out that the law contradicts the guarantee of religious freedom.

Emergency center training
April 21, 2016

About 20 Walworth County managers have been busy this spring learning about emergency operations and planning on what they would need to do in the event of a crisis in the county. The training is organized by the County’s Emergency Management Director, Lt. John Ennis of the sheriff’s office. In addition to our own staff, representatives from other agencies, including Wisconsin Emergency Management, law enforcement departments and the National Guard have participated.

IRS leader out of the dark
April 21, 2016

This is the second column in a series with information to make a “reasonable person” assessment about the Wisconsin Governmental Accountability Board and the IRS and what may be their efforts to target We the People.

Shakespeare is still thriving at 400 years old
April 14, 2016

“Why don’t we have Shakespeares today?”
It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
W.H. Auden

The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.
Oscar Wilde

A perennial question arising each spring in my classroom was, why don’t we have Shakespeares today? Discussing that question might easily comprise a substantial volume. Since I didn’t document those annual discussions, we’ll have to settle for recollection, research and reflection.
My personal history with drama does not predict compatibility with Shakespeare. First off, I have never written a play, although I came dangerously close in an eighth grade production of “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”

Skipping school and catching a foul ball
April 14, 2016

In 1903 the Baltimore Highlanders moved to a place called Coogan’s Bluff, in the Bronx. There would not be another change in the lineup of major league teams until April of 1953, when the oldest continuously operating franchise in baseball left Boston and moved the Braves to Milwaukee.

Lake Geneva history reprinted in Old Times
April 14, 2016

First and foremost I wish to extend a cumulative “thanks” to all those readers who have contacted me via email, postal mail, telephone and in person to express appreciation for the columns that I have written. It is indeed gratifying that so many readers are interested in Lake Geneva’s history.

IRS targeting of political groups concerning
April 14, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series from columnist Chris Goebel.

Washington Times March 25, 2016, headline reads: “Court rebukes IRS for tea party targeting, order release of secret list.”
Do I have your attention? After all these months of quiet — really not — litigation is in U.S. Federal Courts over the alleged targeting by the IRS of conservative groups during the last round of presidential elections won by Democrat Barrack Obama.

The mug shot, the meth addict
April 07, 2016

Meth is called the devil’s drug — very evil, very powerful, very destructive. The mug shot you saw in the paper was my son, the vacant stare, the dark circles around the eyes, an all too familiar look — one I will not forget.

Worker unions once strong in Lake Geneva
April 07, 2016

During the decades following World War II, Lake Geneva was a strong trade union town. The core of trade union strength in Lake Geneva was in the skilled building trades. The strongest unions were the carpenters, electricians, plasterers, masons, brick layers, plumbers, tile setters and painters unions. My grandfather, Thomas Wardingle, was a member of the plumbers union. Ironically, he died of a heart attack at the age of 76 in the Lake Geneva Labor Temple in December 1957 following a plumbers union meeting. The Labor Temple was located in the former Immanuel Lutheran Church building on the southwest corner of Warren Street and Park Row, which is today a private residence. The Labor Temple was where the Lake Geneva trade unions met.

The power of using the mighty metaphor
April 07, 2016

Words are, of course,
the most powerful drug
used by mankind.
Rudyard Kipling

All hail the mighty metaphor! What would happen if we could not use one thing to describe another?

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