I am a loyal reader of the La Crosse Tribune, I have been a newspaper reader for my whole life, my love for the snap of the paper came as a young boy first for the comics, then for the money as a paperboy. Newspapers have always been a part of my life. Over the years we have seen changes in the way that people get their news, of course my career choice, the radio, tv, the newspaper and of course the new guy in the room, the internet. Digital news has cut into the amount of people who enjoy all the “Old School” types of media. We have all had to change the way that we do things. We all have - from cut backs, to program and publication changes, we have all had to go with the ebb and flow. With changes sometimes come costs, and with costs I would assume that a contract in place would be honored, I got a letter from the Tribune saying that effective February 2017 they will be implementing a subscription rate increase, and that this increase may accelerate the end of my current subscription period. HUH? I thought it was a paid in full contract.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Our pop machine at work had a 25% increase last week sometime I am not much of a pop drinker but every once in a while I will crack open a pop. Is it pop or soda? I grew up in Minnesota and I have always called it pop, when I moved around at the beginning of my career I ran into people that looked at me like I was a back woods hick, I assure you that I am not. But back to the whole pop vs soda argument, most of the country calls it soda, some of us call it pop and in Georgia I heard that they call it all Coke. What if you wanted a Mt Dew would you order a Mt Dew Coke? I am not sure. Anyway I am not sure how much longer we will be having this argument as the taxes for the cost of pop are going up at many locations and I am guessing that the government will someday step in and tell us no more pop. What are your thoughts on the whole pop vs soda wars and are you still drinking the stuff?
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A few years ago we were told that the city of La Crosse was going to be taking down trees in certain neighborhoods, they even closed Losey for a day a couple years ago to do it. That was then, back when we got a public notice of trees coming down. Over the past week or so the city has been silently thinning the herd. They are dropping Ash left and right, in just the past 10 or so days in the 3 blocks of my street I think I counted that the city fell 13 trees. I talked with one of my neighbors who had 4 trees taken from his boulevard 4 trees. The city of La Crosse is eradicating the Ash Tree from the fabric of the city. I am guessing by end of the spring that when we drive down any La Crosse neighborhood we will notice the clear cutting of the Ash trees. Besides the loss of the trees we will be viewing the exposed stumps of the Ash trees that have been cut down in hopes of eradicating the Emerald Ash Borer. It saddens me to think that all these trees will soon be gone from our beautiful city, and that our lovely canopy of leaves will for a long time be missing from the city streets. We at one time had the designation of Tree City USA, what will the new designation be?
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
I choo’choo’ choose you. Best Simpsons episodes ever. I used to feel like Ralph when I was a kid as we handed out store bought valentines cards and put conversation hearts into a little place baggie or cellophane cut into squares and synched together with a bit of ribbon. Valentine’s day is today, don’t say I didn’t warn you. What do you get someone you have been married to for almost 27 years? Flowers, a card, chocolates or other candies, I know candy conversation hearts, actually to me Valentine’s Day to me it is a made up holiday in order to sell cards and candy. I know, call me Mr Romantic, 50 shades of blah, I am going to stimulate the local economy and take my wife out for dinner, and maybe a movie, if not it’s hot pockets and Netflix. By the way what’s good on Netflix these days?
Monday, February 13, 2017
I saw a couple of posts on Facebook over the weekend about how fast life is and how things can change immediately. I agree things can change in an instant sometimes for the good other times for bad. One of my friends had the latter happen this weekend to her and her family. The apartment building that my friend lived in was ravaged by fire over the weekend, and not only did she and her family lose all of their personal belongings but so did their over 7 neighbors, I couldn’t imagine losing everything in a blink of an eye. When I was growing up my brother put some paper into the furnace because he had seen flames in there and wanted to see more, it was quickly extinguished and he never did this again. Over the weekend I thought a lot about this and how fast life can change, I know for one I need to slow down and relearn how to smell the roses.
Friday, February 10, 2017
I read an article today that brings up the question of girls joining Boy Scouts. I am an Eagle Scout and I learned a lot from the Boy Scouts and I honestly think that there should be separated groups of kids at that age just to get away from the pressures of trying to be someone who you are not. Hear me out, when you are a teenage boy you have lots going on school life, home life, church life, friend life and in your mind dating life someday. If you put the groups together, you are taking away that chance for a boy to be a boy without distractions around. And if you introduce girls to Boy Scouts you will soon have to introduce boys to Girls Scouts. And then you will see distractions there as well. I have read, in many schools around the country schools have been experimenting with separating the different sexes to see how it works in education. I say leave it be the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts and let’s open the Selective Service to everyone.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Governor Scott Walker is known for being a pretty conservative Governor. His new budget is anything but conservative in fact a few news organizations are calling it a surprisingly liberal budget with a huge boost in funding for schools, sizable tuition cuts for college students and increased tax breaks for the working poor. Not that I like taxes but I would like to see an increase in gas tax to help to pay the roads, I for one can only bitch so many times about the dang pot holes, these holes are large enough to swallow a car whole and spit out just the axel, but back to the budget. The proposed state budget includes raises for state workers, the elimination of the prevailing wage and nearly 600 million dollars in tax cuts. All this while saving a family of four $70 a year in state property tax. I wonder where this money is coming from? I am going to ask that question of the Governor at 6:45 this morning.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Our lives are really like a game, there is strategy and there is luck. We all play it sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. As I was thinking about what to write for my daily dose of BS this morning I kept going back to Sundays big game and how in the first quarter I heard Joe Buck and Troy Aikman talk about no team has ever comeback from a 2 touchdown deficit in the Super Bowl and how Tom Brady ended up pulling out a huge win for the Patriots. And in November during the election when we kept hearing that there is no way Donald Trump could win, no way. Here are a couple of examples of where the impossible happened, I guess what I am trying to say is never count anyone out, there is always hope for people and situations. And in our continual game of life we just keep playing the cards we are dealt and bluffing our ways to victories.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Every parent’s worst nightmare was realized by Justin McElwain’s parents yesterday as the body of the 22-year-old was pulled up from Swift Creek. As a parent of four kids hearing that a car went over the embankment last Wednesday morning the first thing I did was to call my son who lives with his buddies to make sure that everything was ok. I don’t mean to awful-ize here but as a parent you worry, at least I do and I am thinking that this feeling doesn’t go away when your kids get older, my Mom and Dad worry about my brothers and I am sure of it. Back to the car going down the embankment, I do not know what caused the car to lose control, I do not know what caused the car to end up on the ice, I didn’t know him but I do know that the outcome is sad for all who knew this young man.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Reaching above freezing yesterday brought my wife and I out for a walk around the neighborhood, we haven’t hit the streets for about a month in a half and I’ll tell you what there are lots of people out there that have not shoveled their sidewalks and don’t even get me started on the corners, there were only 2 or 3 that were cleared enough for us to not have to climb over them and only one that would have allowed a wheelchair to pass. I thought that the city insisted that the sidewalks get cleared within 24 hours of a snow fall? Also when the corners aren’t cleaned the water that needs to flow to the sewers get backed up and then causes pooling and eventually more potholes. And I think that we have enough of those already.