Author Archives: Karl Garson

Conservation, Keystone XL and Oil Trains

Published in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Link below. German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer observed, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Applied … Continue reading

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Marquette, the Rancher and Dick Contino

Published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Friday, January 10, 2014. http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/marquette-the-rancher-and-dick-contino-b99180466z1-239523371.html   Spend enough time around universities and the beginnings of semesters bring visitors that demand to be let in. And so, with Marquette University’s spring semester beginning on … Continue reading

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Trees and the Light of the Winter Solstice

First published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Thursday, December 22, 2011. In Wisconsin one of the wondrous realizations the winter solstice season allows is our ability to see the structure of deciduous trees. There is no better place to … Continue reading

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The Peril Above Genoa

Genoa is a village on the Mississippi River in Vernon County, Wisconsin. The following essay on the environmental risks posed by the oil trains travelling along the shoreline of the Upper Mississippi states of Wisconsin and Minnesota was published in … Continue reading

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The Peril Above Genoa

Genoa is a village on the Mississippi River in Vernon County, Wisconsin. The following essay on the environmental risks posed by the oil trains travelling along the shoreline of the Upper Mississippi states of Wisconsin and Minnesota was published in … Continue reading

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Wisconsin’s February and the 2013 Mining Bill

To combat the symptoms of cabin fever that came packaged with this Wisconsin February I got out of the farmhouse and into the woods, an activity dating back to my childhood. My father was its chief proponent. We then lived … Continue reading

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The Groundhog Poet, Frederick Wadleigh West

Frederick Wadleigh West, the Groundhog Poet With Groundhog Day upon us once again it seems appropriate to offer a few words about Frederick Wadleigh West, the Groundhog Poet. West was born on February 2, 1867 in Darien, Connecticut. His father, … Continue reading

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Stop the Tears for Newtown

Published in The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in the on-line edition on January 8, 2013 and in the print edition on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. A link to the on-line essay is provided at the end of the text.   The horror … Continue reading

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Race and the race for the White House

Published in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, under “Racism and the race: It seems that some can’t accept a black president.” I finished reading Alistair Cooke’s “The American Home Front: 1941-1942” during a recent flight to San … Continue reading

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Graduates Special? We Never Were.

Published in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Friday, July 27, 2012 http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/graduates-special-we-never-were-7468g3f-163923646.html One summer afternoon in the ‘80’s my friend Jim said, “Our high school years were the last good years of our lives.” Jim and I were fending off desert … Continue reading

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