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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.

Obviously by saying that it is going to be hot and humid the day after this goes to print. That’s the editor’s curse for ya, point out the obvious and watch it get thrown in your face soon after finishing the sentence.

I have used this space in the past to explain my theory on hot versus cold. I can continue piling on jackets, sweatpants and blankets to stay warm in the winter, but I could have no clothes on and still be unbearably hot in the summer.

That’s not what I want to talk about and I’m certain you don’t want to hear about that.

I want to know what the public thought about the Methamphetamine listening session that was held in Grantsburg last week.

Did you attend? Did you watch the live stream online? What are your thoughts on the methamphetamine issue in this community?

There was a lot of talk leading up to it about the nuisance property, but that didn’t really come up at all. The conversation quickly shifted to the overall picture of addiction and how it affects every aspect of the community.

Before I moved up here, I spent a day in Burnett County and then drove back home after my interview. During that interview, I was told about how meth is all over this community. Like an idiot, I responded, “Like people are smoking meth out here on the corner?”

The response was an obvious no and met with a look of “what has this guy seen?”

Coming from a larger community, I have seen people shooting up heroin on the streets. I have seen drug deals out in the open. I have seen people smoking crack at a bus stop in the rain. I worked with a guy that had track marks all over his arms.

I don’t know much about drugs, but I have seen how it can take over a person and then their community.

One of the representatives defined this area as a news desert and then told the crowd to read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I saw many in the audience roll their eyes at this notion. People have told me, “Nobody up here cares about what’s going on in Milwaukee or Madison.” Others made it much more local, “We don’t even watch the news out of Eau Claire.”

I am not certain if that is true, but I do my best to make sure the readers of the Sentinel get the best newspaper we can deliver.

What type of coverage do you want to see on this seemingly never-ending topic? Arrests? Drug court graduates? What the politicians are planning?

The Sentinel wants to hear from you.

Feel free to give me a call at the office, 715-463-2341 or send me an email at