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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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Waiting for a little good news

Perhaps the news has always been bad. What we need to know about what is happening in the world is rarely a pretty picture. But doesn’t seem that lately, the news has been particularly bad? Just glancing at the headlines over the weekend shows us the state of our world. The vicious and unnecessary war […]

Great Replacement theory baseless, dangerous

The heinous murders carried out in Buffalo was the work of a white supremacist who killed 10 black people. But some of our political leaders continue to egg on these white nationalists with fake and dangerous claims of a so-called replacement theory. That theory, promoted by the likes of Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, holds that […]

Minnesota shows compromise doesn’t have to be a dirty word

Congratulations Minnesota. You’ve shown what can be accomplished when people work together to solve a common problem. Minnesota lawmakers had spent months trying to reach agreement on how to spend a state budget surplus. Republicans and Democrats were at odds for much of that time, but finally reached a bipartisan agreement on how to spend […]

Solving homelessness problem remains elusive

There are no shortage of efforts to solve the problem of homelessness in La Crosse. But are those efforts helping? That is a difficult question to answer, but it isn’t for lack of trying. The city of La Crosse recently allocated $276,000 in federal funding to establish a campground in Houska Park where the homeless […]

Why pay for work that isn’t getting done?

How about zero? That is how much Wisconsin taxpayers should be handing over to efforts to find fraud in the 2020 election. Instead, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he will cut in half, to $5500, the monthly salary to Michael Gableman, a former Supreme Court justice leading this sham investigation. That is because the investigation […]

La Crosse County has gotten its money’s worth from administrator

The search for a new La Crosse County Administrator will get underway soon. That is a good thing. Administrator Steve O’Malley plans to retire later this summer after 19 years on the job. He was the county’s first administrator, and the decision by the County Board to relinquish power to an unelected person was not […]

Wisconsin lawmakers ignoring the will of the people on abortion rights

It is not uncommon for politicians to be accused of being out of touch with their constituents. When a politician votes in a way that those who they represent don’t like, they are accused of ignoring the will of the people. Of course there will always be those who don’t like how those we elect […]

Emotions high, but protests must remain peaceful

Without question, emotions are running high on both sides of the abortion issue. Those emotions have gotten stronger since the leak of a draft of a Supreme Court opinion suggesting a ban on Roe vs. Wade may be forthcoming. We have seen rallies in La Crosse and throughout the country protesting the Supreme Court decision. […]

Thanks to river cleanup volunteers

La Crosse’s waterways are much cleaner thanks to hundreds of volunteers. On Saturday, those concerned about pollution in the Mississippi and other rivers collected thousands of pounds of garbage. They took to boats while others walked the shoreline to pick up all the trash left behind. Many of them are avid boaters who use the […]

Wisconsin lawmakers need to clarify abortion laws

We don’t know yet what the final word will be on the contentious issue of abortion. That will be up to the ruling of the Supreme Court. If the court overturns Roe vs. Wade, then in Wisconsin, the law outlawing abortions in the state, dating way back in 1849, would be enforceable. That would be […]

A good time to try to stretch a dollar

There is plenty of sticker shock these days. Prices have been rising rapidly as a result of historic inflation levels. The costs of the most everyday items are up not just by a few cents, but a few dollars. Energy prices are up 32% from last year. Gas prices are up 48% from a year […]

Cancelling student debt would be teaching the wrong lesson

Those who have attended college know how expensive a higher education can be. A four-year degree can easily cost in excess of $100,000 these days, and many students rely on student loans to pay their tuition. Now President Biden is considering cancelling some student debt, perhaps $10,000 or more per borrower. That would be a […]

Is Congress too old to be effective?

We can’t seem to agree on much these days. On just about every issue, Americans seem to be split down the middle. But one thing on which there is consensus is that our political leaders simply aren’t getting things done. Gridlock has become the norm. It seems our current system of government largely isn’t working. […]

Time to safely dispose of unwanted drugs

If you’re like most people, you probably have some old medicine laying around. Old prescriptions you got years ago but have just left them in the back of the closet because you didn’t know what to do with them. This is the time to do something with them. Saturday is Drug Take Back Day, a […]

Simple transactions at City Hall shouldn’t be so cumbersome

They say you can’t fight City Hall. Turns out trying to work with them isn’t that easy either. I recently got a letter from the La Crosse Police Parking Utility informing me that my residential parking permit was about to expire and needed to be renewed. Actually we got two letters, one to me and […]

Judges should judge the fact, not a book by its cover

Who knew judges were so judgey? Judges are paid to determine guilt or innocence, but one former judge apparently likes to judge people over how they look. Former Wisconsin Supreme Court judge Michael Gableman is leading a taxpayer-funded investigation into Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election. After stonewalling for weeks, Gableman finally complied with a judge’s order […]

Hatch death reminds us of how politics used to be

It seems there are two types of politicians. Those who see their job as fighting for those they serve to try to make their lives better, and those who only seem to care about themselves.  We lost one of the former over the weekend, when former U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch passed away. Hatch is a […]

A judge should know and follow the law

If anyone knows the law, forward and backward, it is a judge. Particularly a judge on the Supreme Court. But former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has worked hard to skirt the laws regarding the retention of public documents. Gableman is heading an “investigation” into the 2020 election in Wisconsin, at a cost to […]