Author Archives: Karl Garson

Sgt. Bales and the Greatest Generation

Published in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Friday, March 30, 2012. A link to the essay on the page appears below. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will live in our memories as the soldier accused of leaving his base in … Continue reading

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My Father, the Snob

Published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Saturday, March 3, 2012, under the headline “Santorum thinks my dad is a snob.”  A link to the essay is provided below. In the spring of 1957, near the end of my junior … Continue reading

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The River, Here and There

Published in an edited version in the La Crosse Tribune on Friday, February 24, 2012 under the headline “Like life, river tough to control. The entire essay appears here. A link to the La Crosse Tribune’s edited version is provided … Continue reading

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Gogebic Taconite and Our Wetlands

Published in the Green Bay Press Gazette under the headline “Gogebic’s iron mine should be examined from all angles.” A link to the commentary is provided below. Count on the debate over the permitting process that would allow Gogebic Taconite … Continue reading

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Gogebic Taconite: Their Mine, Our Water

Published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, February 18, 2012. A link to the essay appears below. Water. You can’t live with it. You can’t live without it. If water is part of a river, stream or wetland that … Continue reading

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The Boy, the Mine and the Earth

Published in the Duluth News Tribune on Sunday, February 12, 2012 with the headline “Flambeau mine gives us a reason to protect the Earth.” A link to the essay appears below.   I think of the boy frequently as I … Continue reading

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Cancer and the growth of Wisconsin’s economy

Published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Saturday, February 4, 2012, under  the headline, “Don’t ignore the malignancies of economic growth.” A link to the essay is provided below. Cancer and economies depend on growth. The dominant belief is that … Continue reading

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On Croutons, Buicks and Taconite

Published in The La Crosse Tribune on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 with the headline, “Scars from mining will never go away.” A link to the essay is provided below. Crouton and Shred Division. That’s the wording of a sign that … Continue reading

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On Gibbsville and Gogebic

Published the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Friday, January 20, 2011. A link is provided below. Two weeks ago I drove through Gibbsville, a village in Sheboygan County north of my hometown of Cedar Grove. Most of the small dairy farms that … Continue reading

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Of Trees, Mines and Our Wisconsin Earth

Published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Thursday, January 19, 2012 with the headline: “Don’t roll dice on environment.” A link to the essay is provided below. One of the most vivid memories I retain from flying out of the Naval … Continue reading

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