Why do we need to know if Bert and Ernie are gay?

I realize that sometimes we need a break from reality. With all the strife in the world making headline news 24 hours a day, not to mention President Donald Trump’s every tweet becoming a major event, we sometimes need to ponder something else. I think we might be taking things a little too far, though, when we try to make children’s characters into adults. The … Continue reading Why do we need to know if Bert and Ernie are gay?

True patriot fades into history’s pages

Last weekend saw one of Washington’s most prominent figures pass away. Sen. John McCain died Saturday after a difficult battle with brain cancer, fading into the pages of history, leaving the ranks of true American patriots one short. McCain represented my home state, Arizona, for more than three decades. After two terms as a Congressman, the Republican was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1987 … Continue reading True patriot fades into history’s pages

Beauty fades; so should pageant

There is a saying, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” It comes from the bard himself, William Shakespeare, in the play “Henry IV, Part 2.” Who would have guessed that a line written more than 400 years ago to describe English royalty would become so relevant in an American beauty pageant? Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News commentator and the woman once seen … Continue reading Beauty fades; so should pageant

Restoration of agricultural heritage begins

Wisconsin is well known for its fields of green and farms as far as the eye can see. In Shawano County, almost 46 percent of the land is agricultural, with dairy farms making up a huge chunk of it. Many of these farms have been passed down from generation to generation, many evolving to keep up with the changing times. It’s something we take for … Continue reading Restoration of agricultural heritage begins

Crescent Theater marquee deserves an encore

Signs are everywhere. There are sandwich boards, neon signs, small signs, large signs, all saying one thing in a thousand different ways — come check me out. When I first moved to Shawano more than seven years ago, I did a lot of exploring around the area. One of the places I came across was the Crescent Pitcher Show. It was my first time in … Continue reading Crescent Theater marquee deserves an encore

Love who you want, live how you want, eat what you want

Every time someone uses the phrase “moral obligation,” I worry that my eyes are going to roll so far back in my head that I won’t be able to get them positioned forward again and stumble aimlessly for the rest of my life. This morning, I awoke to an opinion from NewNowNext, a website powered by the Logo Network, that made the claim that queer … Continue reading Love who you want, live how you want, eat what you want

Civility reaches new low in America

(Note to readers: I’ve started writing a regular column for the weekend edition of The Shawano Leader. Here is this week’s piece.) America is filled with amazing people, good people, people who come together and help their friends, neighbors and even strangers when they are in need. America is also filled with really sick puppies. You can pick any example you like of someone relishing … Continue reading Civility reaches new low in America

When did Democrats become cheerleaders for discrimination?

We seem to be at risk in America of losing the moral high ground. In its place, we’ve discovered a bridge of hypocrisy. Exhibit A is Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The press secretary for President Donald Trump decided to go out for dinner with some friends at a restaurant called the Red Hen in Virginia. She wasn’t in the restaurant very long before she was told … Continue reading When did Democrats become cheerleaders for discrimination?

Vanguard of imagination now crusader for political correctness

We have met the thought police, but it is a group you would never expect. It’s in an organization dedicated to libraries, which are houses of great knowledge of all kinds. Reading is power, but the organization in question apparently doesn’t want the public to have too much power as it belittles one of the great American writers of the 20th century. The Association for … Continue reading Vanguard of imagination now crusader for political correctness