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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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Double secret probation for students who break rules?

Turns out there is something they can do. Like at many Wisconsin universities, UW-Whitewater has seen a surge in coronavirus cases among its student population. At UW La Crosse the outbreak has been so bad they cancelled classes for a couple days, are going to virtual learning for two weeks, and ordering students to quarantine […]

Meet in middle to solve impasse?

Republicans want a skinny package. Democrats want a hefty package. What about meeting in the middle, say something in the medium size? Congress remains in a stalemate over another economic stimulus package. There has been no action for months, even as millions of Americans remain out of work. Both sides continue to dig in their […]

Wisconsin Legislature in no hurry to debate police reform

What do politicians do when they don’t support legislation, or don’t even want to have to vote on legislation? They appoint a task force. That is what the Wisconsin Legislature did amid growing calls for police reform measures. Governor Tony Evers proposed a series of reform measures back in June. Things like eliminating no-knock warrants, […]

A sudden surge in sick students

That didn’t take long. A week ago we wondered what would happen when college students returned to campus. We already know the answer. Less than seven days after the new semester started amid a pandemic, there has been a breakout of Covid-19 cases on the UW-La Crosse campus. As of Saturday, 224 cases have been […]

Spiking cases and a lack of compliance

The recommendations have not changed. Stay home if you are sick, social distance, stay away from large crowds, wash your hands, avoid touching your face and wear a mask in public. But it seems we aren’t doing that good of a job of following the recommendations.  A sweep of more than 160 bars in restaurants […]

Polls show it takes a lot to change our opinions

How important is it for presidential candidates to visit the states they hope to carry? Not very. Much was made of Hillary Clinton’s failure to campaign in Wisconsin in 2016. Some say it cost her the election. During his recent Wisconsin visit, President Trump jabbed at Joe Biden for not campaigning in the state. Biden […]

Congress fails once again

If there is one thing we have come to count on from the United States Congress is for them to do the bare minimum. Even as the coronavirus spread continues, as does the economic fallout, once again our elected officials in Washington are doing next to nothing. A second economic relief package, approved by the […]

Will students behave as they return to campus?

Welcome back students. Students return to UW-La Crosse today. They do so as we continue to see a surge in cases of Covid-19, now more than 1300 in the county. Some fear those numbers could rise rapidly if students resume their typical college behavior. Look no further than the sudden spike we have seen in […]

Why can’t picking political candidates be more like choosing toppings for your pizza?

When choosing toppings for your pizza, you typically choose the ones you like best. When shopping for a car, you make your choice based on what you like, not what you hate.  But that doesn’t seem to be true in politics anymore. It seems we make our choices in the voting booth based on what […]

Let’s not forget to play nice

They are two simple words that can be easily forgotten. Be kind. That reminder came from a post on Facebook from the La Crosse County Health Department, which points out the increase in posts and comments which are hostile and unkind. Of course, that department has been the subject of much vitriol itself. Even its […]

Legislators lack of action is shameful and indefensible

It isn’t what they did that was so shameful, it was what they didn’t do. Republican leaders of the Wisconsin Legislature did as they were required when they called to order a special session as directed by the Governor. Governor Evers scheduled the special legislative session to discuss issues relating to policing and racial injustice. […]

Shouldn’t Postmaster General know the cost of mailing a package?

In business, companies tend to be most successful when they are run by experts in their field. Too bad it is not the same in politics. Presidents make their own selections to run federal agencies, often not by their level of expertise, but the size of their political contributions. We have an Education Secretary who […]

Will Wisconsin Legislature finally take action?

Lots of people are calling for change following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Will that finally include the Wisconsin Legislature? Our state lawmakers have been idle for months. They haven’t met since April, despite the ongoing pandemic and growing calls for racial justice. Governor Tony Evers has called the Legislature to convene in […]

Seven months into pandemic, who do we listen to — mom, dad or grandpa?

Since the very beginning of this pandemic, I’ve noticed one thing — we could fill a library with what we don’t know about COVID-19. I’m not a scientist, I’m not a doctor but I can tell that the doctors and scientists had a hard time grappling with this at first. That should have told us […]

Many rules to voting, but some changes needed

When it comes to voting in Wisconsin, there are many rules. Some of them are designed to make it easier for people to cast their ballot. In Wisconsin, unlike in many states, voters can register at the polls on election day. Anyone is eligible to vote absentee, and do not have to provide a reason […]

More and more, its the little things that matter

Sometimes the things you think are important turn out to be not that important after all. It was mid-March when I was eagerly awaiting the start of the Big 10 basketball tournament. I had plans to meet friends to watch the competition. Of course, that tournament never happened, and little did we know that just […]

Will it be party time when college students return?

We don’t know how many, but in just a few short weeks, college students will be returning to school. And you know what that means. Party Time! And what happens when students party their way through a pandemic? More cases of coronavirus. Around the country, universities that decided to offer in-person learning are finding that […]

Wisconsin legislators continue their 2020 vacation

Where is the Wisconsin legislature? It has been months since we have seen hide or hair. Our state representatives in Madison have not met since mid-April. Imagine not having to go to work for four months, while still getting full pay. Our lawmakers were only in session until March before declaring themselves done for the […]