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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!

Contact Scott Robert Shaw at:  scott@wizmnews.com

Governor Evers needs to release emails

Wisconsin’s open records laws are quite clear. Government documents are presumed to be a matter of public record, except under very specific circumstances. That is why it is troubling that Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is not being very transparent when it comes to an open records request concerning his emails. A Green Bay television station […]

Special session in Wisconsin simply a sham

It was, as expected, little more than a circus. The Wisconsin Assembly and Senate convened in a special session last week as ordered by Gov. Tony Evers. But convene is, literally, all they did. No vote. Not even one second of debate. Evers had ordered the legislature to take up two gun-related pieces of legislation […]

Wisconsin’s Governor blocked at nearly every turn

Tony Evers won election as Wisconsin’s Governor fair and square. But you wouldn’t know it. Republicans who control the state Legislature have done everything in their power, and perhaps even beyond their power, to prevent the Governor from enacting the policies he touted on the campaign trail which helped him win election. It started almost […]

Partisan politics costs Wisconsin’s Ag Secretary his job

Governor Evers is right. The Wisconsin ag industry is in crisis. And the firing of the state’s Agriculture Secretary is total BS. For the first time in decades, and perhaps ever, the Wisconsin state Senate has voted not to confirm a governor’s selection of a cabinet secretary. Brad Pfaff, a La Crosse County native, grew […]

Help for the homeless doesn’t make it onto legislative agenda

Homelessness remains a problem in Wisconsin. It is estimated that as many as 20,000 people in the state are living on the streets. Much effort has been put into solving the problem. In La Crosse, groups have been working to provide stable housing for military veterans and others who have become homeless. And there was […]

La Crosse downtown Christmas decorations in limbo

Who knew La Crosse’s Mayor was such a Scrooge? Turns out there is a tug-of-war over the Christmas decorations that adorn downtown La Crosse each holiday season. Unlike in most cities, La Crosse’s decorations are not paid for by the city. They are provided by downtown merchants and the City Vision Foundation. In year’s past, […]

Wisconsin ag industry needs more stability, not less

It is a challenging time for Wisconsin’s agriculture industry. Falling milk prices, the ongoing trade war, the loss of family farms and in increase in suicides have made life difficult for farmers. The last thing they need now is more instability. That is why it is disheartening that Wisconsin lawmakers are apparently unwilling to confirm […]

Wisconsin’s achievement gap the widest in the nation

Good news and bad news for Wisconsin as test scores are released. Fourth and eighth graders across the country take the annual test that measures their proficiency in things like reading and writing. When comparing the scores by state, Wisconsin eighth graders were near the top of the list in both reading and mathematics. This […]

Wisconsin’s Assembly Speaker wants to play doctor

Clearly, Wisconsin has a long way to go before marijuana is legalized in the state. Our neighbors are more progressive on this issue. By next year, three of Wisconsin’s four neighboring states will have legalized some form of marijuana use. Recreational use is legal in Michigan, and will be next year in Illinois. Minnesota has […]

Record tax collections, record spending

When politicians run for office, they often tell us they plan to cut spending, to cut taxes and to reduce the deficit. The reality is much different than the rhetoric. The figures are in, and they show the federal government set a number of records in 2019. The amount of money the federal government collected […]

E-Scooters likely coming, but will La Crosse be ready?

Like many cities its size, La Crosse can be unprepared for sudden change. Things that have become common elsewhere, in bigger cities, eventually make their way here. La Crosse suddenly has Uber and Lyft services to serve the area. You can rent segways to navigate the downtown. Suddenly food trucks seem to be everywhere. Of […]

Put suicide hotline on all student IDs

Sometimes, solutions don’t have to be complicated. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. That seems to be the case with a Wisconsin mother who is pushing to get information for troubled teens included on their school ID cards. Robin Patrick of Wausau was spurred to action when her daughter lost a 16 year old […]

Plan to hike pay of La Crosse county supervisors needed more notice

We likely already know the answer, but why is it that those we elect to office tend to downplay the most controversial issues? For example, members of Congress often vote to give themselves a pay raise in the middle of the night, when few people are watching. We’re seeing the same thing at the local […]

Unfortunately, special session a waste of time and money

What a waste of time, and taxpayer money. Governor Tony Evers has called a special session of the Legislature to convene next month to take up two bills relating to gun violence. His executive order requires the Legislature to meet, with two gun-related items on the agenda. But in Wisconsin, although the Governor can use […]

What is the point of a special session if they don’t even have to vote?

In an effort to reduce gun violence, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has called a special session of the legislature to take up two gun control bills. To say it was met with a frosty reception from the Republican controlled legislature would be an understatement. Senator Tom Tiffany dismissed the Governor’s calls for action on two […]

Wisconsin legislators need to comply with open records law

Wisconsin’s open records laws are quite clear. The public is entitled to see things like agendas and minutes from government meetings, unless there is a compelling reason to withhold them. The law has been very effective for many years, documenting instances of sexual harassment of police misbehavior. The law applies to all government bodies in […]

Clearly anti-hate signs are needed in La Crosse

There are things that are clearly political. Whether we should spend tax money on defense or domestic issues. Whether to raise taxes or cut them. Whether we choose to vote Republican or Democrat. But there should still be things we can all agree on. That should be universal, not political. Among them is love triumphs […]

Costs of voucher schools becoming too much

We just can’t afford it anymore. Spending on voucher schools in Wisconsin is like an out of control freight train. Costs for Wisconsin’s private school voucher program is poised to hit $350 million per year as more and more students enroll in the program. The program used to be in effect only in Milwaukee, but […]