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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Trump, Tantrums, and Teeth

It happens sometimes, especially on Monday mornings. My brain is in a state of inattention and I have a noon deadline at the newspaper. I am filled with random thoughts, mostly centering around my...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 28, 2019

Relocation Authority Center or Concentration Camp?

Shortly after the United States entered WWII, Relocation Authority Centers were established to house people of Japanese-American descent. Because of their ancestry, politicians felt they could not be...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Emergency Room

I’m roaring down I-35 and we are way past breaking the speed limit. This time I’m not the guy sitting in the passenger seat watching my wife enjoy our new Tesla. Actually, I am in the back; the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 14, 2019

How could I have not known?

One of the few brilliant statements ever to leave Donald Rumsfeld's lips was his quote about unknown unknowns. The quote was used in an attempt to explain away the failures and shortcomings of the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 7, 2019

S. S. Badger State

Hop on a cruise ship on the west coast of the United States and take it up to Alaska before heading to Hawaii. Sounds like fun, yes? Then head back to where it all started, to Amtrak, and look for...

 

My friends are in their 70s

I grew up in South Dakota where everything seemed to lag behind the rest of the country. To this day, South Dakotans are proud to claim the distinction of being “stuck in the fifties.” The sixties...

 

Venezuela

I recently acquired some information regarding the very complex situation currently going on in Venezuela. My theory is Trump will invade because of two reasons: #1. It will be a "distraction" which...

 

Waiting for Go

I never could wrap my head around the reason Samuel Beckett named one of his characters Godot. Can’t you picture Mrs. Godot yelling at her husband, “Godot, get this” and “Godot, get that....

 

Prepare for takeoff

Fasten your seat belts and prepare for takeoff. I fastened my seat belt. Then I prepared for takeoff, my head buried in the current book of the day. Like most passengers I travel with nowadays, I...

 

Our Changing World

If I were a news correspondent keeping the world abreast of the daily situation in a place known as “Wick’s World”, this is what I would have to say: “The planet earth we call the world we...

 

A new year

Happy New Year to the family of Americans. Just like my personal family, babies were born and people died. The drunken uncle once again appeared at the Yuletide party. Meanwhile, Uncle Sam got drunk...

 

Good intentions

“Life is short and if you’re looking for extension, you had best do well. ‘Cause there’s good deeds then there’s good intentions. They are as far apart as heaven and hell.” Source: Ben...

 

I'll be home for Christmas

My family once had one of those tiny and very ugly orange Gremlins in which we were able to pack our three young sons and everything needed to make a full Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa’s. The ...

 

Always go to other people's funerals

In a recent column I presented myself as a longtime fan of malaprops, morphisms, and a general stewing up a pot of words using the English language for ingredients. It was during our annual...

 

Growing up a Boomer

Born in February of 1947. As a matter of fact, I was among the first batch of ‘Baby Boomers’. I grew up on the water in an old ramshackle house that was as close to the Missouri River that the cit...

 

Tripping into the future

For a moment, I felt like a rock star this morning. I’m talking about the one in the commercial who appears on stage in front of 50,000 screaming Cleveland fans and yells into the microphone,...

 

The big, bad Black Hills bull elk

Monday morning; the one day in the week that I make a vow for myself. I call it deadline at high noon. Although I am unofficially retired, I have never allowed myself the freedom of being obligation...

 

Wick's lyrics, gimmicks and limericks

Some things are best when left unsaid. In my world, “little pitchers have big ears,” meant to watch what you say in front of your young children because at some point it will come back to haunt yo...

 

Fine pieces of performance art

A Broadway play is one of the finer representations of performance art. Cirque du Soleil is performance art at its finest. A person sitting on Broadway and 42nd Street in New York City with a...

 

The theater

My history with theater goes back 55 years when I played the villain in a Chamberlain High School class play. I had the part of an aging night manager at a two-bit hotel. It was a classic...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 4, 2018

Quitting or retiring?

I have been writing short stories for the United States Postal Service and small hometown newspapers for the past 30 years. Beginning in the 80s, my columns of “Ask the Postmaster” circulated...

 

Good company

We were standing on a hilltop when I first realized how much I would miss her. She had been here almost five days and would be gone in a few more. We had just exited the St. Paul Cathedral, the one...

 

The morning after

Sometimes the morning after is the worst hangover of your life. You swear you’ll never drink again. By that evening it’s “Fill up the glass. It’s my first one today.” Now there’s even a...

 

Movin' on

An old cliché I used in my traveling days in the 60s comes from a country western tune. I would say to Bart or Wiggy or one of my many other hitch-hiking buddies, “Like Hank Snow, I’m movin...

 

Labor Day sales

Once upon a time Labor Day was celebrated with parades featuring marchers from the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters Union, the Bricklayers Union and my favorite, the one union I belonged to, the Hod-Carriers...

 

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