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“The best laid plans of Mice and Men aft gang agley”—Robert Burns You got that right, Bobby, m’lad, especially when it comes to figuring out how to create a title for … more
Lately our family has been obsessed with watching “Bar Rescue.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a restaurateur named Jon Taffer who uses his 40+ years of knowledge in the … more
It must be Groundhog Day again in Madison. Only instead of anticipating spring, we are caught in a loop where local Democrats and Gov. Evers keep voting against and vetoing necessary tax relief … more
March is Women’s History Month – it’s a time for us to recognize women’s achievements, honor women's history and reflect on the work that still needs to be done. At an early … more
His name was Billy and he lived across the street from our family in the Milwaukee suburb of Hales Corners. He was probably three years older than me – more like my brother’s age … more
Several years ago, when I was a weekly columnist for “Grit,” the national weekly that prided itself on only printing good news, I broke the rules and referred to Wisconsin Dells as … more
As I write this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Rochester, Minn. with my mom and daughter. I have a follow-up appointment at Mayo in the morning following sinus surgery and then hopefully … more
I was outside at dawn recently getting some chores done when I was hit with one of the smells of the country – a malodorous whiff left by a mammal in the mephitidae family. It was the … more
It has been my privilege to advocate on behalf of the people of the Chippewa Valley throughout this legislative session by supporting bills that will reduce taxes, fix our roads, invest in affordable … more
A typical week in our Madison office includes meetings with constituents who drive to Madison to advocate for organizations spanning all sorts of topics they are concerned about. In person meetings … more
Phone calls used to be private business. When I was a kid, my earliest memories that surrounded the telephone were that we had a party line. You’d pick up the phone and one of your neighbors … more
When I was a wee lad in 1939, I listened to WEAU radio and kept hearing the name Paavo Nurmi. Finally I asked my well-informed father who Nurmi was. Answer: “Paavo Nurmi (1897-1973) was the … more
Last week, the Assembly continued to support our youth's education and wellness by passing a package of bills aimed at combating childhood obesity and truancy. These bills, like the previous human … more
The announcement that HSHS was closing Both Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s Hospitals by April 21 came as a surprise to everyone in the Chippewa Valley.  Thankfully, all of us have … more
What’s that saying, when it rains, it pours? I believe it is true. I had my third sinus surgery at Mayo in Rochester on Friday. It went well, according to my surgeon, and she hopes it will … more
As hurried and busy as life seems these days, we still spend plenty of time waiting. Estimates are that we can spend an average of six months of our life waiting. I thought about waiting … more
I am retiring. Not officially, but I think it’s time to “shut down” certain parts of my life. Like if there’s a crowd, I’m retired from being in it. I … more
Recently the Assembly and Senate passed legislation asking Wisconsin voters if they want to continue the practice of allowing one person in our state government to control and spend billions of … more
In the Wisconsin State Senate there is a program for high school juniors and seniors to learn more about how your Wisconsin State Senate operates. It’s called the Wisconsin Senate Scholars … more
Is it sad that I’m looking forward to having surgery because it means I’ll be forced to rest for a couple of days? Never mind the pain, but being able to rest thanks to doctor’s … more
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