Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Waukesha Freeman column ends


One day you’ll look to see I’ve gone
For tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun

Well, it was something my wife and I speculated about when we heard about the latest layoffs at the Waukesha Freeman. My freelance newspaper column is coming to an end with the Freeman. I was informed this morning in a nice phone call from editor/publisher Bill Yorth that Thursday’s column on the John Doe investigation was the last.

It’s been a long run, since February 2006, I believe. Over ten years of columns on state and local politics. I suspect there will be a day in the near future spent at the library reading through them.sunset-boat

I suspect there will be some speculation that it’s because of my “Never Trump” stance. No, as much as I’d like to pretend I’m a martyr, it’s the result of economics. The Freeman has been threatened by boycotts before for things I wrote and they’ve never backed down from running my columns. In fact, they’ve been remarkably supportive over the years.

I’m proud of the role my column played in shining a spotlight on some of the problems in our city, including our previous mayor. I’m especially proud of my coverage of the water issue and getting our city’s approval by the Great Lakes governors.

Obviously, I’m a little disappointed that I won’t be able to finish the election season with the Freeman, and I’m sorry there won’t be a local columnist to turn a skeptical eye on what happens in our little town.

I’m really, really disappointed that, in all the years I’ve written for the Waukesha Freeman, I’ve never been able to convince the city’s aldermen to repeal the firepit ordinance. So be careful Waukesha. A fire past midnight in your backyard can still draw the SWAT team.

But don’t worry about me. I still have my regular gig as the education reporter for Wisconsin Watchdog, I’m still a contributor to Right Wisconsin and the MacIver Institute, and I even have an article for WPRI being published soon.

Instead, our prayers go out to our friends who have lost more than a weekly freelance column at the Waukesha Freeman. Good luck to them in the future.

And now the time has come
And so my love I must go
And though I lose a friend
In the end you’ll know

One day you’ll find that I have gone
But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun

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