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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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Changes to voting rules should make it easier, not harder, to vote

There has been no shortage of study and investigation into the most recent presidential election in Wisconsin. A study by the Legislative Audit Bureau found Wisconsin’s election to be safe and secure. That is not in dispute. The report offered some recommendations for the Wisconsin Elections Commission to consider in efforts to make our elections […]

Let cities decide which roads to fix first

It has been a long time coming. But finally, repairs are planned to some of La Crosse’s worst streets. Both La Crosse Street and Green Bay Street are scheduled for repair next year. Drivers in La Crosse have complained about the conditions of these roads for years, but have been held hostage by the state, […]

Help celebrate Giving Tuesday

In recent days we have taken note of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Another holiday is on today’s calendar. Today is Giving Tuesday, a day to help out charities in our area. Many charitable organizations are struggling to meet demand, and increasingly relying on the philanthropy of donors to carry out their […]

Send the message that threats to our schools won’t be tolerated

It is happening too frequently these days. For the third time in recent weeks, area police have been forced to investigate threats sent to our schools. The latest incident happened in Holmen, where police say they have identified the person responsible for making threats toward that district’s middle school and its students. Earlier, another threat […]

A reminder to give thanks

We didn’t get to speak of it yesterday, but it is certainly worthy of discussion. Yesterday was Thanksgiving, a day to give thanks for our many blessings. Of course, we should be thankful more than once per year, but it is a good reminder to articulate our thankfulness. I would like to take this time […]

New deal shows collaboration works

It didn’t necessarily get a lot of attention, and it isn’t the kind of thing that gets people all that excited. It certainly isn’t sexy. But the importance of a new agreement between La Crosse and Onalaska can’t be overstated. The two cities signed a historic agreement this month on a new sewer service agreement […]

Democrats say do as I say not as I do

Governor Evers has vetoed maps drawn by the Republican legislature. The result will be maps drawn by a court, but don’t expect big changes. The maps drawn by the legislature are well drawn and avoid the huge mistakes made by Evers’ People’s Maps Commission. The vote in the state assembly was 77-21 against Evers’ maps, […]

Suggested changes to policing need to be well defined

Voters in Minneapolis overwhelmingly decided not to “defund the police.” That is not a surprise. Those behind the effort struggled to define what that would mean, and what a new agency would look like. But that is not to say that people don’t want some changes to how our police departments operate. There have already […]

Gov Evers swiftly, wisely, vetoes new legislative boundaries

Citizens deserve to choose who they want to represent them when they go to the voting booth. But in Wisconsin, our elected officials have been choosing who they represent. When the current legislative boundaries were drawn ten years ago, they were among the most gerrymandered in the nation, redrawing boundary lines to create safe districts […]

A solid middle ground between legalization and criminalization

More and more states are legalizing marijuana, including Wisconsin’s neighbors. But the Badger state remains hung up about the drug, seemingly considering it more something from Reefer Madness than a way to treat pain and ailments. That could change. A bill has been introduced in Madison which would essentially decriminalize possession of small amounts of […]

Infrastructure bill pricey but overdue

If your roof springs a leak and you don’t get it fixed, it will likely lead to more damage in your home. If your cars are in need of repair but put the work off, the cost of finally getting it fixed could be more than it’s worth. That is why it is good to […]

End, don’t expand, dark store loophole

It is called the dark store loophole and it is being utilized extensively in Wisconsin. It is also taking money out of our pockets and handing it over to big box stores. The loophole was created when the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the value of stores like Menards, Walgreens and Target be taxed not […]

Honoring our veterans not limited to one day a year

Veteran’s Day has come and gone. But, of course, honoring our veterans is not limited to just one day a year. A signing of a new bill in Wisconsin reminds us of that. On Thursday, Governor Tony Evers signed into law a bill declaring a popular state highway a Purple Heart Memorial Highway. Highway 21 […]

You can’t always get what you want these days

Perhaps we’ve just been spoiled all along. We are used to being able to buy what we want, with no problem. Any size, your choice of colors, it didn’t matter. This is the USA.  If you wanted it you could get it. Not so much these days. I went to the mall yesterday to discover […]

Death and taxes come at same time in Wisconsin

It is said the only certainties in life are death and taxes. In Wisconsin, they sometimes come at the same time. That is because of the so-called death tax, implemented on those who had participated in the federal government’s Medicaid funded Long-term care program after their death. Federal law requires states to attempt to recover […]

Let kids work longer hours

Is it time for teens to work a little longer? That is the premise of a bill being debated in Madison. The plan is to expand the time and number of hours minors can punch the clock in Wisconsin. There are very specific rules about how early, and how late, teens can be scheduled to […]

With winter coming, La Crosse moves slowly in housing homeless

Unless you’ve just moved to the area, you know it happens ever year at about this same time. The weather begins to turn colder, and soon winter will arrive. Many make preparations for the impending winter, putting down the storm windows and bringing the patio furniture inside. But the city of La Crosse seems surprised […]

Don’t wait for feds to act on PFAS

Some things are too important for our politicians to waste time pointing their fingers and dragging their feet. Ensuring we have clean drinking water should be one of them. But much of our drinking water is anything but clean, polluted with PFAS, known as forever chemicals because of their refusal to break down. Residents of […]