“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

AMERICA! is what Will Ferrell’s character in “The Other Guys” yells as he inadvertently drives his Prius into a crime scene. Soon after the car stops, the audience learns that the car’s exterior is covered in cocaine.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. — Ecclesiastes 1:9, New International Version (NIV).

Over the past few months, the Wisconsin legislature’s budget writing committee has been busy assembling a draft of the state’s upcoming biennial budget. On June 13, the Committee passed the final draft of the budget, which will now go to the Assembly and Senate to be voted on. Once both hous…

It’s already the last week of June and I have yet to install my in-window AC units. Part of that is because I am lazy and another part is because it has not been that hot out.

As depressing as it is to acknowledge in print, the halfway mark of summer happens next week when we observe Independence Day.

First off, congrats to the Webster baseball team on becoming back to back state champions. It is truly an amazing accomplishment. For those that haven’t been to the stadium in Grand Chute, I highly suggest the trip.

I find it very hard to believe that June is half over. Summer is slipping along at a brisk pace, like it or not.

There is this funny thing that happens outside my house most days around five in the evening. A student driver car pulls up in front of my house and uses my neighbor’s car to practice parallel parking.

I would like to talk with you about the state of local news in the early 21st century. I promise not to be too technical or whiny. No one likes a whiner.

This job puts me around a lot of crowds. I’m usually not in the crowd, but following the crowd or wading through the crowd or taking a picture of the crowd from a distance. It all depends on the story I’m following.

“You are about to embark on the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

As a fat person, I make distinct choices when it comes to cookies. I try not to grab something too gluttonous. I enjoy a simple cookie, no frosting or sprinkles (unless they’re Christmas cookies). My cookie of choice – the classic chocolate chip.

If you discovered you had access to a time machine, what would you do first?

Judging by the headline, one could believe that I am a supporter of our senior citizens.

Regular readers of this column know that I enjoy a good science fiction story. Always have. I enjoy the stories that give us an insight to how we are (or aren’t) dealing with social issues of today by doing something totally over the top as an illustration of what we need to see today.

This week Four Cubs Farm hosted two groups of students. They were given an up-close look at the dairy farm operation and their new milking robots (check out the Sentinel front page story from more information.)

George Mallory was a British adventurer who took part in the first three British expeditions to climb Mt. Everest. When asked why he wanted to reach the summit of the highest peak on the planet, he famously quipped “Because it’s there.”

In 1969, the most famous music festival was held in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur’s farm, not his dairy farm, but held in his hay fields. It was kind of a disaster and it is not really a surprise the 50th anniversary of the festival, named Woodstock 50, was canceled earlier this week.

Wednesday is the first day of May, recognized by many cultures as a time to celebrate rebirth and renewal.

Did everyone have a wonderful Easter? I spent it among friends and family in the Milwaukee area as my family continues to move further and further from the city.

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.” — Bernard Williams

My late father, Arved Stangl (aka “The Chief”) gets mentioned in this space many times. As the fifth of six children, I was witness to many lessons taught by my father that have stayed with me. I believe some of the reactions are hard wired into my DNA, so when situations arise, I simply swi…

In Webster, over the weekend the students put on The Addams Family musical and it was very good. The doom and gloom of the day fit perfectly with the weather outside.

In the “Terminator” movies of the last 30 years, sometime in the fictional future, the artificial intelligence network of computers called Skynet becomes self aware and enslaves humanity.

“Oh you haven’t yet, but you’ve seen ‘em right? Yeah, they come outta nowhere and don’t swerve. You swerve and may launch yourself off the road. You probably won’t have time to brake either.”

I freely, and many times, too openly admit that the more I seem to know, the less I actually do know.

There is one aspect of this job I have no confidence in, or maybe very little confidence is a better way to put it. I am talking about photography.

“Hope I die before I get old” — lyric, “My Generation” by Pete Townshend

There are a lot of facets to this job and one of those is government meetings. Some are at the County level and others are village and school board meetings.

I have been around people with disabilities my entire life. My first job was hauling percussion instruments for my mom at day camps in the summer for children and adults with special needs.

We are almost there. In a few short days, February will be over.

It is zero degrees outside and you still have to go to work. So, after lumbering outside you start the car and let it sit for about 10 minutes before the morning commute. During that time, you sit inside dreading the day, especially if it is a Friday.

MADISON – On January 7th, I was sworn in as the State Representative for Wisconsin’s 28th Assembly District. The first 30 days of the 2019-2021 legislative session are behind us, and I’ve been honored to work for my hometown district for the past few weeks. Although there is a lot of work ah…

Can I tell you something? I’m a fairly obtuse person.

Are there any billionaires in Burnett County? This is a serious question. If you know any billionaires I would love to talk to them. I don’t think I have ever met a billionaire and would like to know how they think.

It’s been less than two weeks since Punxsutawney Phil, the official groundhog, predicted an early spring. The weather since this annual pronouncement has been, well, in a word – lousy.

In 2018, Americans spent a projected $360 billion on prescription drugs. Some folks who saw their medication jump in price had no other option but to let it go unfilled because it simply became far too expensive to afford. Others resorted to cutting their pills in half to make them last longer.

I hope you all survived the recent cold snap. We haven’t experienced that level of cold for an extended period of time for nearly 20 years. Take heart, you can now tell your grandkids how cold it was in January of ’19.

“The purpose of a vacation is to have the time to rest. But many of us, even when we go on vacation, don’t know how to rest. We may even come back more tired than before we left.” – Thích Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk.