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A long, long time ago when I worked in newsrooms far, far away, I liked to tell aspiring journalists my definition of news: It’s what people are talking about. It was justification and … more
We have a couple of these security cameras mounted on the front of our house. It sends me an alert every time there’s an intruder. I get sent a video clip every time one of them is … more
When I was first elected to the State Assembly, one of my first responsibilities was to meet with law enforcement officials in the area.  One of their top issues, which they raised then and … more
The best way for anyone in power to hold onto power is to change laws and limit public participation. We have seen that strategy played out many times for over a decade in Wisconsin. Maybe the … more
We’re a bunch of spoiled brats if we complain about life in the 21st century. We’ve been blessed with a super active media and abundance: Have you seen the recent data on corn production … more
Some people in the River Falls School District have questioned the wisdom of spending money on leasing a new building for the Renaissance Charter Academy. They say it was done in secret, though it … more
My older son Kyle, who has always been rather direct, calls it “Crackbook.” Don’t get him started, or you’ll likely hear a rant about people walking around in a daze … more
One constant I’ve noticed in myself as I’ve grown older is that I’ve become more reflective. Perhaps that comes with age, but there are times when I see or hear something and it … more
Nicknames are getting a bad rep these days possibly because social media has allowed them to be used anonymously. But “back in the day” when we lived without wire service, having a … more
As April begins to approach, residents of Wisconsin start to prepare for tax season. But this tax season I would like to advise Wisconsin taxpayers to exercise caution as tax theft is on the rise. … more
Editor’s note: The WNA Foundation recently held the Wisconsin Civics Games Editorial Writing & Cartoon Contest. Returning for a third year, the contest asks students to convey their opinion … more
I made a comment a few weeks back that may have been taken the wrong way. I wrote that we do the “lion’s share of the work” in getting your newspaper delivered by the United … more
Chatting with piano tuner Jeff Erickson brought back many memories for me (see the story on the front page). I took piano lessons for about a decade, from age 6-16, from Barb Ritts in River Falls. I … more
Constituents visit the Capitol every week to lobby their Senators and Representatives on topics they care deeply about. Last week, hundreds of people came to Madison for Ag Day at the Capitol, the … more
We all have that friend who is completely unaware of their surroundings. That’s called obliviousness. In politics, obliviousness may affect one politician, but it’s called ignorance when … more
Praise the Lord and all the ships at sea, let’s go – in words of my idol Walter Winchell – to press! That’s because B.W. and I have finally arrived back in balmy Sarasota … more
Our state is strong, but much more work remains to be done to assist residents of our great state. We continue to pass legislation and fund priorities that are important to our community thanks to … more
Being a journalist, I spend a lot of time covering public government meetings. I can’t tell you how many thousands of hours of my life have been spent watching elected local officials debate … more
When we’re talking about Hall of Fame catchers, we’re really talking about a select group of 10 players who form the (almost) uninterrupted top of every statistical category. These guys … more
I recently received a welcome reprint of a wonderful book written 40 years ago by an old friend and colleague in the days when self-publishing was a new concept and doomed to failure by those darned … more
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