Could revised FEMA rules improve small towns’ prospects?

No, it’s not your imagination. Ontario has looked like a sad case for some time now. Yes, it was three years ago in August when the Kickapoo taught us all a lesson about the power of an angry mother nature to shake up our understanding of what is a 100-year or 500-year flood. 

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  • Recalling Martin Luther King

    January 20th, 2022
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    It has been a very long time since I thought about church camp. Yes, I know many readers will find it hard to believe that this cynical but bleeding-heart liberal actually went to church camp.

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    The many permutations of ‘A Christmas Carol’

    December 24th, 2021
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    I must have been about 7 when I was given a quarter for the Saturday afternoon matinee at the Goetz Theater in Monroe, Wis. “A Christmas Carol” was playing, and I found it so frightening that I might well have wet my pants, although I don’t think I did.

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    Tons of treasures could be found at Trail’s End (‘Amish Walmart’)

    December 9th, 2021
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    As I headed home from La Crosse on Saturday, and after passing through Portland, I saw a huge plume of black smoke fill the eastern sky. It appeared to be a fire in Cashton, and though I drove slowly, paying careful attention, I could no longer spot the smoke once I was in Cashton. 

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    Local news is under threat

    December 9th, 2021
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    If you have a taste for fresh shrimp, Brunswick, Ga., may be the place to be. All I know about shrimping is what I learned from the movie “Forrest Gump” when Tom Hanks hooks up with Gary Sinise to run a shrimp boat. 

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    One man with a gun can change so many lives

    November 26th, 2021
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    When I tuned in the news today, the announcer reminded me that 58 years ago Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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  • Opioid crisis has been underreported

    October 28th, 2021
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    There are times when it appears the Wisconsin legislature is made up of such dullards that they really ought to come with a warning label on their foreheads: “Hazardous to human health.”

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    The Pledge of Allegiance’s origins

    October 14th, 2021
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    My sympathy goes to Francis Bellamy, a writer who never received any financial reward or even much recognition for his work. 

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    What has Facebook, other social media cost us?

    October 7th, 2021
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    Sunday marked the first day of National Newspaper Week, and, appropriately enough, on Monday, Facebook and its associate, Instagram, went down, leaving millions of social media addicts in the throes of serious withdrawal. On Tuesday the company admitted it was not the victim of hacking, but it was its own monkeying around that caused the six-hour outage. Aw, darn.

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    Traveling to Peshtigo and environs

    September 30th, 2021
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    I think I may be finally getting the hang of this retirement thing.

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    Wilton village officials need to grasp a better understanding of press’s role

    August 19th, 2021
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    In troubled times like these, we can look back in history to John Peter Zenger. Never heard of him?

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    When does someone’s liberty cancel out another’s?

    August 13th, 2021
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    So, if you happen to have a few dimes left after staggering through the grocery store and surviving the usual sticker shock, you might want to roll up the change and send it off to Parents Rights in Education.

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