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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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School board recalls becoming popular in Wisconsin

Do you recall when school board meetings were rather routine, sometimes boring affairs? Sure, board members and administrators made important decisions on things like hiring and budgets. But lately, school board members are finding themselves in the crosshairs of an angry public. And it appears Wisconsin has become ground zero for that ire. A group […]

Freedom to Vote Act needs, deserves, support

The right to vote is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. Yet voting rights are under attack in states across the country. That is why Congress should work to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, a package of legislation designed to protect our right to vote. If we believe that every American citizen should […]

DNR chairman remains stubborn

This should be a victory for good, open government in Wisconsin. A new legal challenge should prove that. A lawsuit has now been filed against Fred Prehn, the chairman of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. He continues to serve in that position even though his term expired in May because he refuses to step down. […]

Congress drags feet on PFAS problem

It should not have taken this long, but finally the federal government is taking action on PFAS. Otherwise known as forever chemicals, PFAS are increasingly showing up in water supplies across the U.S. and are suspected of causing cancer and other illnesses. People on French Island have been battling the chemicals for years and it […]

Putting more power in the hands of the people

One of the problems with our democracy is the lack of respect for the will of the people. Our elected officials ignore public opinion polls when voting on legislation, or refusing to take up issues the average person cares about. They act like they know better than we do what is best for us.  A […]

Things would be simpler if there were more universals

Forgive me if I’m entering my cranky old man phase, but I can’t help but think how much easier things would be if more things were standardized. When we check out at the store, why does every pin pad have to be different? Wouldn’t it be easier if they all worked the same way? Do […]

CMN Radioathon back

The need is great. Let’s hope the support equals that need. Starting today, three Mid-West Family radio stations are partnering with the Children’s Miracle Network to raise money for the care of sick children. The Children Miracle Network’s Radioathon is a two-day event this year, airing on our stations Z-93, KQ98 and 95.7 The Rock. […]

Are pallet homes the solution to La Crosse’s homeless problem?

We’re starting to get a chill in the air. We are still enjoying a beautiful autumn, but that means winter will be here soon enough. And for those living in the homeless encampment in La Crosse’s Houska Park, that has them wondering what the coming season will mean to them. Dozens of tents have popped […]

La Crosse a welcoming area once again

La Crosse has long been a welcoming city. But sometimes we need to be reminded of that. La Crosse mayor Mitch Reynolds has told federal officials that the city is prepared to roll out the welcome mat for Afghan refugees currently being housed at Ft. McCoy. That follows a similar announcement by La Crosse County. […]

Race to find fraud begins with a false start

There are lots of things you could do with nearly three-quarters of a million dollars. Wisconsin is choosing to spend that money on a witch-hunt marred by mistakes and bumbles. Wisconsin legislative leaders allocated $688,000 in a taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 presidential election. The hunt for fraud has gotten off to an inauspicious start. […]

Snail mail indeed

It seems like everything is getting faster these days. Except the mail. Our mail service wasn’t exactly prompt as it was. To send a letter across town, it is sent to St. Paul before being returned to La Crosse. But starting last week, our mail delivery is even slower. And it’s no accident. It is […]

Did schools really need all that pandemic money?

When the government sent us stimulus checks to help offset the costs of the pandemic, and keep the economy moving, they didn’t put any restrictions on how we could spend it. Same for school districts across the country. But maybe they should have. Schools across the country, including Wisconsin, are using their share of federal […]

Congress really good at renaming post offices

It sure seems that nothing gets done in Congress these days. The two parties, divided down the middle, can’t agree on much of anything. The infrastructure bill, raising the debt ceiling and other sweeping pieces of legislation remain unpassed. After a year of reckoning over the death of George Floyd, members of Congress could not […]

Congress handles money like a degenerate gambler

Congress finally reached a last-minute deal to keep the federal government operating. Hardly deserving of a round of applause. But now we are told that the nation’s debt ceiling needs to be raised. Quickly. Congress is being told that by two weeks from today the debt ceiling must be raised to allow the United States […]

To fest, or not to fest?

To fest, or not to fest, that is the question. La Crosse’s 60th annual Oktoberfest is now underway. Despite being one of the biggest weekend in the city, fest was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. That followed guidance from the county health department. Of course Covid remains with us as this year’s fest […]

Redistricting process likely to be much like last time

It is finally that time again. The Wisconsin Legislature is beginning the process of drawing legislative boundaries, as it does every ten years. And as it does every ten years, lawmakers will seize the opportunity to try to help themselves, while making a mess of the whole process. It looks like that is the plan […]

Another unnecessary government shutdown looming

Here we go again. The federal government is on track for another possible shutdown. A vote is expected this week on funding the federal government to keep the lights on in Washington. The deadline is the end of the day on Thursday, so there isn’t much time, but much work to do. There is also […]

Arizona audit findings should be a guide for Wisconsin

No matter how hard they look, they have yet to find what they are looking for. In fact, they found the opposite. A review of the 2020 election results in Arizona conducted by a third party, the hyper-partisan Cyber Ninjas, failed to find the election was stolen, or fraudulent, or the outcome different. Despite all […]