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As I See It

As I See It is Wisconsin’s only daily radio editorial, a staple on WIZM since 1971. Hosted by WIZM’s Scott Robert Shaw, the feature has won numerous awards from the Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association as the best editorial in Wisconsin. Feel free to share your comments. Tell us how you see it!

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Wisconsin anti-protest bill goes too far

Americans have long had a right to protest. The right of a person to air grievances without fear of retribution is fundamental to our democracy. It is protected in the Constitution, in the very first amendment. Protesting is a form of lawful assembly. Of course, sometimes things get ugly, like what we saw after the […]

Gingrich comments suggest democracy unraveling

This is what things look like when democracy unravels. When the lines are blurred, and we are no longer governed by the rule of law. Former Speaker of the House and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is warning that members of the House Committee investigating the attack on the nation’s capital will be imprisoned when Republicans […]

Voters the losers if Republicans skip presidential debates

They are one of the hallmarks of our presidential elections. Candidates from the two major parties meet to answer questions from moderators and sometimes the public in the form of televised presidential debates. The debates have given us the chance to see the candidates under the bright lights, and there have been some memorable moments, […]

Relax rules for young teen employees

There are many laws regulating the employment of children. Maybe too many. Both federal and state governments have laws regulating how many hours, and how late, young teens can work. In Wisconsin, those hours could be changing. Under current law, 14 and 15 year-olds can only work until 7pm, and 9pm during the summer months. […]

Don’t extend partisan election investigation again

When will it end? A partisan investigation into the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin was begun last year at taxpayer expense. The search for fraud was supposed to come to an end in October. It was then extended to the end of the year, then to the end of January, and later to the end […]

Lawmakers get cheesy designating latest state symbol

Our lawmakers in Madison have been hard at work this week debating important topics, conducting important meetings and holding important public hearings. All on the issue of yet another state symbol. The latest? Cheese. Colby cheese in fact. The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection held a hearing yesterday naming Colby […]

Ban members of Congress from trading stock

Our political parties don’t agree on much, but bipartisan support appears to be growing for banning members of Congress from stock trading. This comes on the heels of some questionable investment decisions by lawmakers during the pandemic. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina was the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee who had access to […]

What should matter is that we vote, not how we cast a ballot

We have said it many times. Our democracy functions best when more people vote. That premise has taken a hit when a Wisconsin judge ruled last week that absentee ballot drop boxes to be illegal in the state. That decision will make it less likely people will bother to cast a ballot in the February […]

Time to put our money where our mouth is and honor our healthcare heroes

We all have a hard day at work sometimes. Those days when we can’t seem to get everything done, when the day lasts longer than we want, and we get home tired and cranky. For most of us, those days are few and far between. But not so for our health care workers. They have […]

The end of an era in La Crosse radio

It is the end of an era in local radio today. Longtime Mid-West Family DJ Samantha Strong officially retires at the end of her show today. Sam leaves our company after 35 years, first on Z-93 and currently on Classic Hits 94.7. I had the pleasure of working with Sam and partner Keith Carr for […]

Straight lines are hard to find on La Crosse roads

Sometimes things just don’t line up. That is certainly true on some La Crosse streets. Take one of the city’s most recently improved road, Second Street near the La Crosse Center. The city painted lines to designate a couple crosswalks which they also raised to create of a speed bump. That should help people get […]

To tell the truth

I recently read an article that posed an interesting question. What if politicians couldn’t lie? What if they were required to tell the truth? We aren’t talking about some sort of truth serum, but rather making it a crime for someone in public office to tell a lie. Can you even imagine? A politician standing […]

Hurry, don’t rush decisions on spending federal funding

When there is a big job to tackle, it’s best to get a head start. That is why it is good that the city of La Crosse is beginning to make plans for how to spend millions of dollars from the federal government. The city has two years to allocate the nearly $22 million in […]

It is a dangerous path to downplay the Jan 6 riots

One year later and the scars still haven’t healed. In fact, one year after we watched the biggest threat to our democracy in our lifetime, the nation is only more split apart over what happened that day, and what it means for our nation. While some held a moment of silence to reflect, others continue […]

A better plan needed to address police staffing needs

There is no dispute that police departments are having a hard time attracting recruits. It is hardly a new issue. In fact, there have been fewer applicants for police jobs for more than ten years in Wisconsin. It has gotten worse following the murder of George Floyd and amid a pandemic. But a Republican plan […]

Turns out election integrity has been there the whole time

Those pushing audits of the recent presidential election argue that such doublechecks are needed to “restore integrity to our elections.” In fact, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a total of 3676 election-related bills were passed by states this year, the highest in history. That included calls for election audits in a number […]

Republicans and Democrats agree: Ron Johnson should run again

The common logic in politics is that it is easier to run for an open seat than to take on an incumbent. That may not be the case for Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. Despite promising he would serve no more than two terms, Johnson has not indicated whether he will run again. His party […]

Bold predictions for 2022

Nobody knows what 2022 will bring. But one woman thinks she has a pretty good idea. Her name is Marian Salzman, and she is a leading futurologist with a pretty good track record. She predicted a “bunker mentality” months before Covid hit. Now she is offering her predictions for 2022, and she isn’t painting a […]