Category: Perspectives

  • A Mother’s Hugs and the Hope of Spring

    This column appears in the Early Summer edition of Door County Living magazine, on newsstands throughout Door County now. I distinctly remember three hugs from my mom. She wasn’t shy about showing affection, but there were three times when she hugged me longer, harder, prouder.  Once was after the Packers lost the Super Bowl to […]

  • Editor’s Note: An Extreme Way to Not Forget to Be Grateful

    When I call my mother this Sunday to wish her a happy Mother’s Day, I won’t empower the negative that she lives half a country away and complain that I can’t see her in person. I’ll tell her how grateful I am that she’s happy and healthy and such an important part of my life. […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Making $12 Billion Worth More Than $12 Billion

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation Even if you don’t follow the trends in the philanthropic world as obsessively as I do, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about MacKenzie Scott, who has been giving to charity from her wealth at a record pace. Three years ago, she signed the […]

  • Editor’s Note: Peninsula Pulse Hires Two New Reporters

    There are a lot of exciting things happening here at the Pulse.  One of those things I can’t even talk about – though we’ve known about it for five months – because it’s embargoed until June, when the Wisconsin Newspaper Association will hold this year’s Better Newspaper Awards banquet. Stay tuned for that.  The other […]

  • Perspective: Payback

    As I write this, the smell of toddler vomit still fills my nostrils.  That’s not the most enticing lede I’ve ever written, and surely many of you have stopped reading already. Don’t worry – I’m not offended.  I write this from the Appleton Airport, where my son, Connor, is momentarily content climbing on chairs in […]

  • Perspective: Law Day: Toward a More Perfect Union

    by CHERYL FURSTACE DANIELS, President, State Bar of Wisconsin May 1 has been celebrated as Law Day in the United States since a joint resolution of Congress was passed in 1961. This year’s theme, Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change, has so much possibility and provides an opportunity to have […]

  • PERSPECTIVE: What Door County Can Teach the Country

    The late Howard Baker Jr. was a giant of Republican politics. He served for nearly 20 years as a U.S. senator from Tennessee, achieving the role of Senate Majority Leader and ultimately serving as the right hand of President Ronald Reagan as White House Chief of Staff. In Baker’s obituary in 2014, the Washington Post […]

  • Editor’s Note: This Lark Not a Fan of Permanent Daylight Saving Time

    We’ll forget for a minute that messing with our time is probably not the most efficient use of their time in Congress. We’ll even forget for a minute that this, of all the pressing congressional concerns, is the one topic that appeared to unite all senators for an afternoon. With those things suspended for the […]

  • Guest Column: Clean-Energy Transition Would Break Russia’s Hold and Benefit Us

    by LAUREL LAST and MADELEINE PARA Leader of the Green Bay chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and Executive Director of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, respectively For years, our planet has been showing us the need to move away from fossil fuels. Scientists are increasingly able to draw robust connections between human activities and extreme […]

  • Perspective: How You Can Help the People of Ukraine

    by HOLLY LYNN My name is Holly Lynn. Although I grew up in Indiana, my family had a house in Ellison Bay. I went to theater camp at Third Avenue Playworks as a middle schooler and learned to love Culver’s. I went to undergrad at St. Norbert College, and in the summers, I lived with […]

  • Editor’s Note: Candidate Endorsements and Sunshine Week

    The April 5 election is bearing down on us, and we’ll help you prepare yourselves to vote by publishing Q&As with the candidates in contested races. This year, among the 21 Door County Board of Supervisors seats – all up for reelection – there are seven contested races. Our coverage of those races and a general […]

  • Editor’s Note: When Cynicism and Kindness Are Not Mutually Exclusive

    The word “healthy” rarely modifies “skepticism” or “cynicism” anymore, as if there’s no longer such a thing. It’s still OK for journalists to be skeptical, but not cynical. They both basically mean to be questioning of facts or motives, but they say skepticism comes from an open mind, cynicism from a closed one – that […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: The Problematic Shift from ‘We’ to ‘I’

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation  I read something truly fascinating the other day that is indicative of a troubling trend in our nation: During the past 50 years, in all the books published in the United States, the frequency of the word “I” has doubled. This fact comes from Robert […]

  • Editor’s Note: We’re Listening

    There are few professions like journalism where scrutiny and feedback are so instantaneous. If we nail a story or social-media post, readers will let us know immediately. If we bungle a story or social-media post, readers will let us know immediately. This is how it should be.  Whether we’re at a praise or pain point, […]

  • Editor’s Note: Confessions of an Ex-non-collector

    by Debra Fitzgerald Winter is a time for inside projects. That’s been difficult here because, for the first time in my life, we bought a house that didn’t need a ton of interior work. It hardly needed any at all. Switch up some drawer pulls, add a barn door, refinish some of the doorway framing […]

  • Perspective: Honoring Essential Supermarket Employees

    by KAAREN NORTHROP One of the proud owners of the Main Street Market in Egg Harbor February 22 has been designated Supermarket Employees Day by FMI, The Food Industry Association, and this year marks the second annual celebration.  Last year we were in the midst of the pandemic, and as “essential” workers, the industry thought […]

  • Legal Brief: Dying with Their Rights On: Mental Health and the Law

    by JOAN KORB, [email protected] By the mid-1850s, there was a growing movement to reform mental-health laws in the United States, opposing the housing of people with mental illness in facilities with criminals.  An early leader of the movement was Dorothea Dix, a social reformer and mental-health advocate who established several hospitals, including St. Elizabeth’s in […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Insights on Giving in Affluent Households

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation   For nearly a decade, the Bank of America Study of Philanthropy: Charitable Giving by Affluent Households has been conducted in partnership with Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. It is the most comprehensive, longitudinal study of the giving habits of America’s wealthy families. The […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Cari’s Holiday Store

    My wife, Cari, teaches third grade in a public school in downtown Green Bay. You’d be hard pressed to identify a more wonderfully diverse group of kids anywhere in Wisconsin.  In her classroom, you’ll find the children of immigrant families from Mexico, and many are the kids of Somalian refugees. Several others are Hmong children […]

  • What Will You Improve in 2022?

    I find New Year’s Eve a good time to reflect upon the past year and consider what worked, what didn’t, what I can improve, what I can’t and you know the rest – the wisdom to know the difference. But there’s a whole other way of looking at this. The yamas and niyamas were drummed […]