Category Archives: Current Affairs

Domestic Terrorism Comes To Cuyahoga Valley!

Holy crap- I know this bridge so well: 5 arrested in plot to blow up Cleveland bridge U.S. authorities have arrested five self-described anarchists in Cleveland for allegedly plotting to blow up a bridge, the U.S. Justice Department said today….The … Continue reading

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On The Hillside This Afternoon

When I took my walk through the cemetery today, I saw that even though the snow was less than 24 hours old, someone had already brushed it from the grave of a war hero. I won’t even mention which hero. … Continue reading

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In The News This Date- Special Gubernatorial Edition

Yes, let’s clean up Hurley for New Year’s Eve, Mr. Governor. After that, Hayward and hell will be a snap. You do have cojones so early in your term, Mr. Governor. I’ll admit that. Washburn Times, December 30, 1926 29 … Continue reading

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Candles In Wenceslas Square

On this Feast of Stephen, my mind goes to Prague, and a man who died last week. Candles are burning tonight in Vaslavski Namesti. They burned there in November 1989 as well, and wax gave testimony the following spring. Life … Continue reading

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At The “End” Of A War

Beyond PTSD by Robert W. Mackreth S.Sgt., U.S. Army, 1943-1945; Social Worker, 1951-Present **** My father’s war was World War I. His son’s, World War II. His was “the war to end all wars.” His son’s made no grand promise, … Continue reading

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Taking A Break

Be back before too long if history is a guide.

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“Cyclone!”

We’ve learned to call them tornadoes today, and for many of us, the most frightening image the term evokes is merely a nasty old woman on a bicycle. The reality, we are reminded this morning, is very different. Watching the … Continue reading

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Among The Islands, May 18

Events to the north of here provide a sobering juxtaposition of yesterday and today: Forest Fires Are Causing Heavy Loss- Whole Towns Disappear Bayfield County Press, May 18, 1910 The pall of dense smoke which has hung over the Chequamegon … Continue reading

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Among The Islands, February 20 – Scott Walker Edition

Bayfield County Press, February 20, 1914 Another Woodsman Killed The body of one William Wasinski, an Austrian laborer in one of the lumber camps on Oak Island, was brought to the city Tuesday morning. The man was instantly killed while … Continue reading

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Among The Islands, February 18

Bayfield Press, February 18, 1882 R. Baker and P. F. Rumrill finished up their iceboat on Wednesday and in the afternoon, with several others, we had the pleasure of a variety of its trial trips. The wind was hardly strong … Continue reading

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Why I Despise Facebook

When I re-upped on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, I made sure to crank every available privacy setting to the max. It took quite a lot of clicking and tweaking, but after wading through a swamp of menus, I … Continue reading

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A Guest Post: “Beyond PTSD”

In Superior two days ago, Matthew Magdzas, a 23-year-old Wisconsin National Guard soldier recently returned from Iraq, killed his pregnant wife, their year-old daughter, their three dogs, and then himself. In light of this incident, I sought and received permission … Continue reading

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