Vol. 10    No. 24
  NOVEMBER 26, 2015
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
                                                   Three Thoughts
It’s been quite the rough ride the past 10 days or so. If you think this particular edition of The Capital City Hues is coming out a little late, you are
so right. While we normally come out on the Monday following Thanksgiving instead of on the Wednesday before, we had our own form of Cyber
Sunday last Sunday before last when our ancient, but highly valued Windows XP went haywire and digitally speaking, blew apart so that the only
thing going on was a blinking cursor against a dark screen. Why is it that is seems that these things always happen just before I need to get a
newspaper out instead of right afterwards?

It took the better of four days — excluding Thanksgiving — to get my computer running again with Windows 7, which I had the rights to. It even
involved a quick trip to Milwaukee to pick up two computers with Windows XP that a dear friends said I could have, but their hard drives were
too small and so I had two machines — my old one with Windows 7 and the other with Windows XP — that couldn’t produce the paper on for
various reasons.

By the time that I got my computer back from the shop — over the objections of the guy who had been working on it — I realized that the version
of Quark Xpress, my main software, that I had wasn’t compatible with Windows 7 and so I had to wait until money to get some cash to pay off my
credit card with so that I could buy the newest version of Quark online, install it, figure out how to operate it and make a mental adjustment that
things were just going to operate differently now with the new Windows and Quark. Oh, and by the way, my landline went dead on a holiday
weekend.

The last week has been filled with highs and lows interspersed with some kind of bug that I caught that gave me a fever and sore throat. And it
was hard to work on this stuff during a holiday weekend when friends were enjoying the four-day weekend — if their posts on Facebook were
any indication. How I wished that I had a 9 to 5 job and was almost willing to go out and become a greeter at WalMart I felt so desperate.

But in times like this, of times when the cosmos seems to be lined up against you, you have to hang in there and keep on trying. Sometimes you
take one step back before you can take 1-2 steps forward. Sometimes it seems like it will never end and that your whole life is going down the
tubes right in front of your eyes and you are powerless to stop it. And you keep trying and trying — and praying and praying — and at some point
you realize, “I’m on the other side of this particular hell on earth.”

And so, if you are reading this right now, it means that I did, indeed, make it to the other side. Life is not fair, but God is good. And I am grateful
that I can publish once again.

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Speaking of gratitude, this is — or was — the Thanksgiving season and it is time to be grateful for all of the blessings that we have received.
And I have much to be grateful for, from great brothers and sisters whom I have grown older with — and hopefully wiser with. And I also have
great Capital City Hues partners who socially invested in this newspaper at a time when mainstream newspapers were cutting their staffs and
smaller publications were biting the dust. And yet they believed in and invested in the dream and helped make this conduit of community
information a viable reality. I am particularly grateful for the two partners who help out with the production of the paper, Heidi Pascual who
maintains our website no matter where she is in the world at the time and Tyrone Glenn who has faithfully helped me deliver the newspaper
every two weeks without fail for almost 10 full years now.

I am also very grateful for the fine writers who share their thoughts through the paper, Heidi Pascual and Paul Kusuda through the Asian
Wisconzine section of the paper and the regular column contributions of Donna Parker, Wayne Strong, Sujhey Beisser, Nia Trammell, Don
Edwards and of course, our longest running contributor Fabu. I appreciate their voices on such a wide variety of topics that make The Capital
City Hues more whole, more complete.

And of course, I have to be very appreciative of the folks at Wingra Press — a part of Capital Newspapers — who hang in there with me every
two weeks and print the paper. I appreciate their patience as I deliver pages of the paper very close to my press time. Diane O’Dair has been
particularly helpful the last few days as I missed two press times as I wrangled with my IT problems and worked on the paper. And of course
there is Sue and the rest of the talented people down on the printing press. No matter how beautiful I might design The Hues digitally, it only looks
as good as the press folks make it as it comes out on the press as a bonafide newspaper. Thank you Sue et. al.

And of course I am grateful for the folks who advertise in The Capital City Hues. While we work a lot on faith, we still need to make money to pay
the bills. And our advertisers make up about 90-95 percent of our annual income. And so we would appreciate dear readers if you would
patronize our advertisers or at least tell them ‘I saw it in The Capital City Hues’ and let them know you appreciate them.

And finally, I am grateful for you dear readers. You are why The Capital City Hues exists at all. It is your input and ideas for articles and picking up
the paper off the stands that make The Hues what it is. Otherwise, we would just be an advertising supplement. Instead we are a place where
the voices of the community are heard. We are grateful to be the conduit through which you make your voice heard.

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I must admit that I get most of my sports news from CBSSports.com. It serves as a distraction in between writing stories or any other work that
chains me to my computer for long periods of time. And usually I can tolerate the online advertising — it is paying the bills after all — but some of
it has gotten pretty ugly. An ad that cropped up was an ad featuring a pretty seedy-looking facsimile of Russ Feingold who is running to regain the
seat that he lost to Senator Ron Johnson. This facsimile looked just like Russ Feingold physically, although it was hardly the warmhearted
expression he usually has. It’s amazing what folks can do with computer animation these days. While this technically wasn’t an election ad, it is
designed to make Feingold look despicable and seedy so that no one would vote for Feingold next year.

The group that put the ad out there is Wisconsin Alliance for Reform. I went to their website to find out who is behind the Wisconsin Alliance for
Reform. I’m not sure what they are trying to reform, since they seem to support the policies and ideas of Governor Scott Walker and others who
are currently in power.

And I don’t know who is funding them. They are a 501(c)(4) organization formed this year that doesn’t have to tell us where they get their funding. I
emailed them a couple of weeks ago and have heard nothing back. Somebody with a lot of financial resources doesn’t want Russ Feingold to be
elected to his old seat. Looks to me like someone is trying to buy an election. Hmmm …