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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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Don’t get the shot, quit your job, and get free tax money

They can’t have it both ways. Some Wisconsin lawmakers called for an early end to the federal unemployment insurance benefit, an extra $300 per week. They claimed that what they saw as lucrative benefits were keeping people from working, because some could earn as much by not working than they could punching a clock. Those […]

Hatched Baby shows beauty is in the eye of the beholder

When it comes to art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art can stir strong emotions, both positive and negative. Few pieces of art in the city of La Crosse have triggered as many emotions as the Hatched Baby statue outside City Hall. Most of those reactions have been negative, with critics of […]

Masks work, but so do other things

So, it is clear we can’t agree on the need for masks. At the height of the pandemic, most of us dutifully masked up. It made a difference and virus cases dropped. We learned that taking some simple precautions were effective in slowing the spread of the virus. But despite recommendations that we continue to […]

Trust in CDC continues to fall

It’s important to know who to trust. But more and more these days it seems people don’t trust anyone, or anything. It used to be the Centers for Disease Control was considered the gold standard for dispensing medical advice to keep us healthy. Not so much anymore. A new poll finds only 52% of Americans […]

It’s time to repeal Act 10 in Wisconsin

This week, with Labor Day and the beginning of the school year, it is a good time to remember that the GOP and former Gov. Scott Walker’s passage of Act 10 decimated the profession of teaching in Wisconsin. Now, the state is seeing a massive teacher shortage. Since the passage of Act 10 in 2011, […]

The expanded unemployment benefits have ended. Now what?

On Monday, the expanded unemployment benefits ended here in Wisconsin. Under the American Rescue Plan enacted in March, the federal government provided a $300 boost in the unemployment benefits people could receive each week. Partisan politics are especially nasty here in Wisconsin, so perhaps we can do something unusual and acknowledge that Republicans and Democrats […]

Hyper-partisanship must end for the good of the country

As we approach the 20th anniversary of September 11th, we remember that tragic day in our history. But it also brought about a remarkable response, as a unified nation rallied to defend our democracy from a foreign attack. Ironically, we now face another attack on our democracy, the hyper-partisanship that is dividing our nation. This […]

It is starting to feel like last fall again

When will it end? We are now 18 months into the pandemic, and we seem no closer to escaping its grip. Cases of Covid-19 are surging again. Testing sites are reopening, and hospital beds are again full. Local hospitals haven’t had to again postpone elective surgeries yet, but that remains a possibility. We hoped long […]

School boards the latest political battleground

They used to be rather dull affairs. School board meetings sometimes got contentious, but more often members discussed routine policy items and awarded students recognition for their accomplishment. Lately, these school board meetings have been the subject of police calls, as angry parents call for changes in thinks like mask policies, virtual learning or curriculum […]

What if Trump won?

What if the shoe was on the other foot? What if Donald Trump won the 2020 election, and Joe Biden claimed it was stolen from him? What if Biden filed lawsuits seeking to hold recounts and ultimately overturn the election? What if Biden made phone calls to states and asked them to “find” more votes? […]

With extra benefits ending will help wanted signs come down soon?

The signs continue to declare “help wanted.” It remains a struggle for businesses in nearly every sector to attract workers. Will that change soon? The federal government’s lifeline of an extra $300 in weekly unemployment benefits will come to an end this Saturday. Some say that federal help, along with state unemployment insurance benefits, made […]

Re-exam of higher ed a good idea

Tommy Thompson is right. If we keep doing the same things over and over, we shouldn’t expect different results. The interim President of the University of Wisconsin System is calling for a re-examination of higher education in the state. He is calling on Wisconsin legislators and Governor Evers to appoint a task force to review […]

Those hoping to find election fraud can’t seem to separate fact from fiction

What a waste. There is word that the investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin just got a whole lot pricier. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hired some retired detectives and a former judge to ensure the election was on the up and up. Now we’re learning that the cost of that investigation will be $680,000. […]

Let’s keep mask discourse civil

As a nation, we have a history of civil discourse. Lately, however, it seems the discourse hasn’t been that civil. That is becoming increasingly evident when it comes to enacting policies to combat the coronavirus. We are seeing more incidents of heated debate over the need, or the order to, wear masks. It is happening […]

Unless you are a horse don’t take ivermectin

It should not have to be said. You are not a horse, you are not a cow. That is the message from the Food and Drug Administration to those considering taking the drug ivermectin in order to prevent getting Covid. Apparently an increasing number of people in some southern states are seeking treatment after taking […]

Wisconsin Elections Commission needed more than ever

It is just the latest effort to cast doubts on our democracy. We have already heard wild claims about how the last presidential election was stolen in Wisconsin, and that votes came out of thin air in the middle of the night. Along the way, fingers have been pointed at poll workers and city and […]

Congressional candidate shows childish behavior in children’s section

It seems a childish way to act, even in the children’s section. Wisconsin Third District congressional candidate Derrick Van Orden recently got upset about a display in the children’s section of the Prairie du Chen Public Library. The target of his ire was a celebration of Pride Month on display in the library, something they […]

Covid numbers hard to ignore

Still not sure if you should get the Coronavirus vaccine? A new website (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-status.htm) may help you make up your mind. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has unveiled the new website which shows the rates of infection and death among the vaccinated compared to those who have not received the full series of shots. […]