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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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Amid outbreak, Wisconsin lawmakers continue their vacation

The current pandemic has disrupted the lives of most Americans. We are working from home, or for businesses considered essential, still coming to work, but taking lots of precautions. But it remains business as usual for members of the Wisconsin Legislature. Our state lawmakers haven’t been in session for a month, and their calendar calls […]

When to give the all clear should be decided by medical experts, not politicians

We all wish this would be over soon. Unfortunately, wishing doesn’t make it so. If it did, this pandemic would have been over on day one. We all want to return to our normal lives, to socialize, to go out to eat, even to go to work. But it seems clear we are in this […]

Wisconsin election should be absentee only

Wisconsin’s elections are now less than two weeks away. But the plans for how to conduct an election amid a virus outbreak remain up in the air. Officially, Governor Tony Evers says he has no plans to postpone the election. He rightly argues that we could postpone it for a month, but may still be […]

The irony of coronavirus

They say life is filled with ironies. Perhaps has that never been more so than today. For example, gas prices are the lowest they have been in years, but we have no where to go. Plane tickets are as cheap as ever, but who wants to spend any time in a plane or an airport. […]

What a week it was

Well, that was quite a week. For a brief time we thought our biggest worry was what we were going to do without March Madness, or the state basketball tournament. But with hurricane-force speed, things changed in a hurry. We learned of the new term, social-distancing. And it’s become all the rage. Suddenly we were […]

Stimulus plan should help only those who need it

The check isn’t in the mail, but almost. It seems increasingly likely that the federal government will be sending us checks as it works to kick-start the economy amid our ongoing pandemic. It is part of potentially $1 trillion stimulus package lawmakers are considering. Within weeks, they say, Americans could find checks from the federal […]

We may have to get used to isolation and social distancing

Things have been changing at a rapid pace. But it seems that may be something we will have to get used to. While we have been told we need to practice social distancing for perhaps the rest of the month, and stock up on two weeks of supplies in case of possible quarantines, others are […]

Not all learning occurs in a classroom

With schools canceled, our children now have lots of time on their hands. It is not clear when students will be back to school. That could lead to a brain-drain, with kids brains going dormant until they get back into a classroom. But there are still plenty of opportunities for kids to learn. Some teachers […]

Thanks to those working to keep us safe

The threat of the coronavirus is real, and it is scary to many people. These seem like desperate times. But we also should pause and recognize the hard work that many people are doing to keep us all safe. Hospitals are preparing for an influx of patients as the virus continues to spread rapidly, and […]

What to do with all this time on our hands

So many of us now find ourselves with plenty of time on our hands. The coronavirus outbreak has busted up our routines. Many are not going to work, or school and we’re avoiding large crowds. Many events like concerts and plays and conventions are cancelled anyway. So, what to do with ourselves? Netflix and chill […]

Staying safe from the coronavirus

Prepare. But don’t panic. That is the best advice for staying safe from the coronavirus. Many people are asking what they can do to stay safe during this pandemic, and it is rather simple. According to advice from the Centers for Disease Control and the Red Cross, there are some practical things you can do […]

More clarity, please

So, now what? The World Health Organization has now declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. The question is, what do we do with that information? The answer will likely determine how much worse things get. How we respond matters. But even after the declaration of a pandemic, many of us are still uncertain just […]

Workers shouldn’t have to choose between health and a paycheck

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, many people are being told to work from home. That is fine for some whose jobs allow, but not for everyone. In fact, many people are having to choose between their health and a paycheck. If they go to work, they get paid, but increase their chances of […]

Governor Evers can’t say why he vetoed bill

We have been critical of the Wisconsin Legislature’s habit of putting off votes on important bills until the last day of the legislative session. We see it in each session of the legislature. On the final day, they scurry to vote on dozens of bills, with little time for debate, and likely without even having […]

WI lawmakers far apart on crime, prison legislation

Wisconsin lawmakers were able to work together on some issues in the most recent legislative session. But when it comes to crime, and what to do with lawbreakers, they couldn’t be farther apart. Republicans in Madison approved a sweeping get tough on crime measure that would have given judges less discretion in letting criminals out […]

Lawmakers make a difference without appointing a blue-ribbon commission, or breaking the bank

It might be the best decision by Wisconsin lawmakers this session. And perhaps the smartest use of our tax dollars. The Wisconsin Legislature passed the bill which the Governor has now signed into law, requiring all schools in the state to print information about suicide prevention on their ID cards. All schools in the state, […]

Staying safe from coronavirus

Once again, your Mom was right. You should wash your hands thoroughly to avoid getting sick. In the wake of the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus, turns out that simple advice remains the best advice. Many are wondering what they can do to stay safe from this rapidly spreading illness. Some are avoiding crowds and […]

More tools for fighting drug addiction in Wisconsin

Opioid and other drug addiction remains prevalent in Wisconsin. But it is not because of a lack of effort to prevent it. Wisconsin, and La Crosse in particular, has taken a lead among states in battling addiction. In recent years, new laws were signed allowing police and first responders to carry NARCAN to reverse drug […]