“I bought more broccoli because I knew you were coming,” my mother informed me.
One of the YouTube channels I watch on a regular basis is called Invisible People. It is not a science fiction show but instead tells the personal stories of homeless people in America. This channel has done a good job showing the complex issues that cause people to become homeless, like abu…
Growing up, I never really liked horror movies. I actually broke up with a girlfriend in high school over not going to see a horror film with her. So, it sounds pretty funny to say that one of my favorite films of all times is the original Scream from 1996. I don’t remember what possessed me…
Regarding redistricting, I want to comment on the “Fair maps debate not over yet” article from last week and express my gratitude to the 36 concerned voters of Wisconsin who submitted the “We the People” amicus brief to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
In Western Wisconsin Health CEO Allison’s Page’s panic piece in the Dec. 29 issue titled a Dose of Reality, she made claims that tried to make it as if the world is ending and the cause is COVID and more to the point, the unvaccinated and COVID. She fills her piece with half-truths and panic…
New year’s resolutions may seem like a modern phenomenon. That’s wrong, unless internet postings are sometimes completely fabricated. Resolutions are centuries in the making.
With apologies to the late Andy Rooney, who did commentaries on the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” I have a topic to discuss with you. And before we commence, I freely and openly admit I will be 61 next month and can pass as a curmudgeon. I do take better care of my eyebrows than Mr. Rooney.
For most Americans this year was dominated by matters of great national concern. Growing worries about money, inflation, recession and mandated/forced inoculation of an experimental vaccine for both adults and children.
This past Monday, I got to do something that I love doing which is going to the movie theater with my kiddos. It is always fun to watch a movie with them and see their reactions. We always have a great time in the car afterwards as we discuss what we liked about the movie; how the plot worke…
Hope is the sure and certain knowledge of the good to come. As people of faith, we are called to live in hope. We do so not only as source of comfort and strength in troubling time, but also as a witness to those who trapped in despair.
WITH THE NEW year, what will our economic forecast be? The old brokers would say, “Just watch the first five days of January and that will tell you what the month will be like, and January will tell you what the year will be like.”
Having reliable, high-speed broadband has become an essential part of nearly every aspect of our daily lives. From running a small business to learning inside and outside of the classroom to accessing medical appointments and healthcare services to supporting industry and manufacturing, hig…
We have just celebrated the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! Merry Christmas to you, which technically does run until the day of Epiphany Jan. 6. The story of the birth of Jesus, most commonly read from Luke 2 is filled with miraculous and wonderful things. But it’s the role of his mother M…
I know I have said this before, but what a difference a week makes. Last week, I saw, Spider-Man: No Way Home, what I consider a masterclass on screenwriting. Its ability to use nostalgia as a way to enhance the story and come up with new themes that are just as compelling, is a rare gem in …
Every morning at 8:15 the department leaders at Western Wisconsin Health (WW Health) meet briefly to review what we have going on in terms of patient care needs in our hospital and clinics. We call it the “morning huddle.” This is the forum in which we balance our resouces with the care we n…
I hope you had a good Christmas. It is truly a balm to the soul to get to take some time off and spend it with family, doing absolutely nothing but spending time together and staying home.
As the holiday season unfolds and December gives way to the New Year, we reflect on our lives and make resolutions for the coming year. Traditionally, we look inward and explore how we can bring our lives closer to our ideals in the coming year. Many resolve to lose weight, exercise more, an…
I enjoyed Gene Johnson’s columns in your paper. I take the paper because my great grandson is in sports at St. Croix Central in Hammond. It’s so good to read about down to earth thinking.
Go see this movie! I don’t say that too often in my reviews because most of the movies I see are pitiful works of storytelling. Spider-Man: No Way Home, is a masterclass on how to do engaging storytelling, even in this season of Marvel fatigue. I am definitely tired of most of the story line…
It has been two years since my last “normal” George family Christmas celebration. Ironically our 2019 family Christmas was actually celebrated in early January 2020 before the world knew it was about to shut down. At the dinner table, we were speculating how hard Iran would strike back at th…
Well, Christmas is knocking on our doors. I hope you are ready and are able to spend time with friends and family, which is the best gift one can receive. Throughout my newspaper career, I have run the following editorial, the most famous newspaper editorial of all time, reprinted here becau…
Three years ago, this column was about the holiday season and the struggles it presents for many people for whom the season is emotionally challenging. Three years ago, we hadn’t yet imagined the COVID-19 pandemic and the physical and emotional toll it would take on our world, our nation, ou…
Yesterday I bought a Christmas tree at the hardware store. I thought it was a good day to do it both because I’d heard the rumors of Christmas tree shortages and because it would keep me away from my email for more than an hour—a near record in the last two weeks.
During the Advent season we hear a lot about joy and rejoicing, and with good reason, we will soon be celebrating the coming of the Christ Child into this world. Paul continues from our passage above (see Philippians 4:5-7) by talking about gentleness, worry, prayer, thanksgiving, and peace.…
The sixth-grade class at Lincoln Fundamental School, my elementary school in Davenport, Iowa, always preformed a musical. The neat things for us as students was that we had to write both the music and the lyrics; make the costumes we would use; and perform the musical. When my class had its …
The most depressing thing for a GI is to find out there is no mail for him or her and then see all their buddies sitting around reading their letters. The Christmas season is coming up fast and many of you are probably already out buying presents for your friends and relatives.
I am looking for a relative of Carl Bosman. I have been contacted by a person who has several pictures of the farm that Carl lived on. These pictures are mostly of the extended collections Carl had at the farm. This person is trying to find someone who may be interested in these pictures. He…
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and o…
One of the traditions we have at my house is to go watch a movie during the weekend of Thanksgiving. This is fun because many times I go to the theater alone which if the picture is dull makes for a long time. My children were interested in seeing Encanto, so we headed off to our local theat…
Akin to a child writing a letter to the North Pole, a mythical list of wants and needs has been assembled for Wisconsin’s St. Croix Valley. The child’s list may be more practical, but to the credit of the St. Croix Valley, their list does not include a pony. Horsepower yes, but not a Shetland.
Christmas Eve, 1967 at the Stangl household. After supper, my brothers and I are taken for a ride to “look at the Christmas lights” around town. When we return, we once again just miss Santa Claus, who has stopped by, leaving gifts and good wishes.
The recent news that the Wisconsin Supreme Court determined “least change” will be a primary consideration when choosing new voting district maps is a major blow to fairness and is not part of the Wisconsin Constitution.
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