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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!

Contact Scott Robert Shaw at:  [email protected]

Thanks to tax code, rich keep getting richer

Thanks to the federal government, the rich just keep getting richer. A new release of IRS records shows how little the ultra-wealthy pay in federal income taxes. Apparently it is easy to shield your money from the federal government getting its hands on it when you are super rich. For example, Elon Musk paid nothing […]

Christmas comes early in Wisconsin

It appears Christmas has come early in Wisconsin, and no one can wait to open the present. The state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau announced this week that a windfall is on the way. They say state tax collections between now and 2023 will grow by $4.4 billion more than expected just back in January. Everyone agrees […]

Proposed new rules would make our roads less safe

Much progress has been made in the fight against the Coronavirus. Vaccination rates continue to climb, although slowly, and death and hospitalization rates are down. But we remain divided about what comes next. And once again, the fight is over masks, and vaccinations. One Wisconsin state lawmaker has ramped up the rhetoric, all because of […]

State Rep likens mask requirement to Nazism

Much progress has been made in the fight against the Coronavirus. Vaccination rates continue to climb, although slowly, and death and hospitalization rates are down. But we remain divided about what comes next. And once again, the fight is over masks, and vaccinations. One Wisconsin state lawmaker has ramped up the rhetoric, all because of […]

Delivering free meals a good use of your time

It may be the only human contact they have all day. That is true for hundreds of people who are home-bound in La Crosse. The only time they see another face is when someone volunteers to bring them a meal. One La Crosse County program, the Aging and Disability Resource Center, is among those agencies […]

Why do politicians never want to do anything else?

It seems too early. It always does. It is campaign season again. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced, unsurprisingly, that he plans to seek a second term. Democrats held their virtual convention to formalize their plans and largely pat themselves on the back. While Evers is in, his Lt. Governor may not be on the ticket […]

Private sector may be better able to address labor shortage

Wisconsin state government has spent a lot of time debating how to address issues related to unemployment and a worker shortage. Lawmakers added a requirement that the unemployed search for work while out of a job and are considering punishing those who don’t try hard enough to find one. They may punish those who apply […]

Sports fans need to remember to behave

It seems sports and their fans are at a crossroads. At a recent PGA Golf Tournament, golfer Phil Mickleson was literally mobbed by fans as he tried to make his way to the 18th green. It was a historic moment and they wanted to be as close as possible as they broke through that piece […]

Can’t we try to keep the lawyers out of it?

Wouldn’t it be better to try to settle our differences without having to take it to court? Wisconsin Democrats and Republicans are at odds over the process of redistricting. That is nothing new. 10 years ago, when Republicans drew the maps, it led to a long court fight, all the way to the Supreme Court. […]

We won’t forget Capitol siege no matter how badly they want us to

We all saw what happened that day. But despite the fact that our precious democracy came under attack at the U. S. Capitol on January 6, we may never know just how such a thing could happen. A large group of cowardly lawmakers refused to vote for an investigation into the violent siege, essentially ending […]

Wisconsin’s long-term population trends matter more than temporary unemployment payments

We’ve heard a lot of talk lately about workforce-related challenges. Most notably, numerous states have now opted out of the federal government’s $300-per-week bonus unemployment payments. Policymakers have done so in response to a tightening job market and complaints from employers about a lack of job applicants. Policymakers, employers and the public should be engaged […]

Wisconsin misses opportunity by saying no to Medicaid expansion

Its like being handed a winning $1 billion lottery ticket, then ripping it up and throwing it away. Leaders of the Wisconsin legislature have rejected Governor Tony Evers’ plan to accept one billion dollars in federal money by expanding the Medicaid program. It is one-time money, no strings attached. But Wisconsin won’t be joining 38 […]

If lawmakers have to meet they should have to talk too

It has become little more than a game. Wisconsin state representatives were called into a special session of the Legislature to discuss the Governor’s plan to accept federal money for Medicare. Under state rules, legislators are required to convene in a special session. But the rules say nothing of a requirement to cast votes, to […]

Governor Evers should lighten up and buy a raffle ticket

He’s done it again. Maybe this time he can explain why. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has once again vetoed legislation to legalize so-called paddlewheel raffles. Despite potentially being illegal, such raffles are common in Wisconsin. Civic and veterans organizations along with churches, sporting clubs and many non-profits conduct these raffles, at church festivals and veterans […]

We should support our police

La Crosse County government is moving ahead with creating a police oversight board. A board that won’t have ANY police representation. This new board will create a whole new county department, with an executive director, investigators, attorneys, analysts and auditors. This will no doubt cost county taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. The people who […]

Politicians tell companies to stay in their lane

Some major American corporations are facing backlash for speaking out on contentious issues. Nike, American Airlines and Coca-Cola are being targeted in a conservative-backed ad campaign urging the companies to stop speaking out about politics. A series of new ads attacks the companies for pushing sugary drinks and contributing to the obesity epidemic, not having […]

To mask or not to mask is still the question

To mask, or not to mask, that is the question. For 14 months of the pandemic, masks became a flash point. There have been inconsistent rules about when people needed to wear masks, varying by state, by school and by store. There have been protests against mask-wearing requirements, and some even built pyres to burn […]

Lawmakers need to make PFAS a priority

PFAS are becoming a pricey problem. PFAS are chemicals that have been found in wells on French Island that can cause a number of potentially severe medical issues. Money has been spent testing well after well, only to discover that French Island has one of the worst PFAS contamination in the state. Bottled water is […]