Friday, December 19, 2014

Grassroots effort underway to reduce Wisconsin's prison population by almost half

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now uploaded to You Tube. It will begin airing in the Oshkosh area during the next two weeks. In the meantime check out my conversation here with three local women - two of them Catholic nuns - who are part of a movement to reduce Wisconsin's prison population by nearly half.

Fit Oshkosh, Inc. Hosts a Community Movie Night and Chat Back

Fit Oshkosh, Inc., a grassroots, nonprofit organization devoted to providing Racial Literacy and Technology Literacy to adults in Winnebago County is hosting a Community Movie Night and Chat Back on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at The Oshkosh Masonic Center at 204 Washington Ave, in Oshkosh, WI from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost of admission is $3.00 for students and $6.50 for all others. Concessions will be available. The proceeds will be used to support Racial Literacy learning.

Attendees will watch the highly-acclaimed 1998 motion picture "American History X."  It is a provocative movie that touches on the current-day themes of race, politics, socioeconomics, religion, masculinity, and family dynamics. The movie will be followed by a Chat Back, which is a facilitated conversation about these topics.

Fit Oshkosh’s Executive Director, Tracey Robertson, describes the value of this kind of event: “Movies are a comfortable way for individuals to talk through some of the challenging issues that are being played out on a national level and closer to home here in Winnebago County. We use this movie-model in other trainings and we know that it is a non-threatening way for people from all walks of life to have authentic conversations. Typically people don’t talk beyond the surface with these topics because they do not know how. A Chat Back gives attendees a place to ask critical questions and to learn with one another.”

The movie is Rated R for violence, sex, nudity and strong language.

Tickets go on sale on December 31, 2014 and can be purchased by email at, by calling 920-216-3107, or at the door.

Fit Oshkosh offers Racial Literacy Workshops throughout Winnebago County to nonprofit organizations, schools, university classes, faith groups, and businesses. For more information, please call 920-216-3107.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Fratello's-Oshkosh is cooking up a special to help local humane society

As we see Christmas decorations and lights popping up everywhere and the ads on TV with all their glitz, there can be no doubt that the holiday season is upon us. Families will gather with loved ones and friends in their homes to celebrate the season of love and peace. But everyone deserves a home for the holidays and that includes the animals being cared for at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS). And while they all won’t get adopted in time for the holidays, you can sti...ll help make their holidays brighter—and Fratellos in Oshkosh wants to help you help them.

On Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 4 pm until closing time, for anyone who stops in for a bite to eat and mentions to their waitstaff person that they’re eating for the animal shelter (or OAHS), Fratello’s will donate 15% of their total bill to the shelter. You get a delicious meal and beverage, and Fratello’s makes the donation. All you have to do is mention OAHS.

So whether you’re taking a break from holiday shopping, or you simply want to unwind by having a nice, relaxing dinner after a long day at work, it’s the perfect way to help the pets in our community who don’t have a home or family to be with for the holidays.

It doesn’t get much better, or easier than that! But, mark your calendar now because it’s only on December 10! To learn about other ways you can help the shelter anytime, visit them at

Fratello’s is located at 1501 Arboretum Dr., Oshkosh. Tel. 920.232.2337, or visit them on the web at

About the Oshkosh Area Humane Society:
The Mission of the Oshkosh Area Humane Society is to promote the bond between animals and people, to provide community outreach and education, and to enhance the quality of lives of animals in need through compassionate sheltering, responsible adoptions, programs and services.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays
Tuesday and Wednesday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday and Friday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1925 Shelter Ct, Oshkosh WI 54901
Telephone: 920.424.2128

Eye on Oshkosh learns about racial literacy in its latest episode

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now taped and uploaded to You Tube. It will begin airing in Oshkosh and the surrounding areas in the next week or two. In the meantime you can see it here. I visited for the entire hour with Tracey Robertson from Fit Oshkosh, who shared a conversation with me about racial literacy. I can't emphasize enough how important I think it is for people to watch this episode, no matter what your position or role in life is.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ebola-themed email scams on the rise

With more and more concerns over Ebola, scammers and opportunists are using these fears to take advantage of people by gaining control over their computers. Read the following story to see what they're doing.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eye on Oshkosh visits with Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. My guest was Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff and we discussed the proposed 2015 budget, capital improvements budget, and a variety of other city issues. You can see the episode on You Tube by following link:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Where is Susan Happ and What Would She Do as Attorney General?

[Note: At Eye on Oshkosh, we received the following press release from the Schimel campaign and felt it was worth publishing, especially in light of the fact that the Happ campaign failed to get back to our numerous attempts to have her on the show. Incidentally, we also didn't hear back from the Grothman campaign, and had a rather nasty experience with Joe Zapecki, the spokesman for the Mary Burke campaign. As far as Happ and Burke go, I have usually sided with Democrats in campaigns because I tend to more deeply connect to their issues. But when we have candidates who run from the press, or worse yet, don't even have the courtesy to be grateful for the opportunity you're offering them, I have to question that. I still don't know what to do about the Burke campaign because I think Walker is just plain wrong for Wisconsin, but Schimel has my support, and vote, for Attorney General, just as Mark Harris has vote Congress.]

For Immediate Release: September 24, 2014
Contact: Johnny Koremenos 262.955.8981
Where is Susan Happ and What Would She Do as Attorney General?
Only Brad Schimel Has Outlined Plans, Happ Ducks Press and Voters
Brad Schimel is running for Wisconsin attorney general on the issues that matter and Susan Happ is apparently waiting for her special interest allies to save her candidacy.
"Tuesday was a microcosm of this entire race," said Schimel campaign manager Johnny Koremenos. "Both candidates went to La Crosse. Brad Schimel went to the UW-L campus and outlined a plan to prevent, confront and combat violence against women. While Susan Happ spoke before a special interest group, promising not to defend state law."
Law Enforcement's choice, Brad Schimel, is leading the way in the race for attorney general, relying on his life as a front line prosecutor to develop plans to tackle the major public safety issues facing Wisconsin. Activist Susan Happ is hiding, hoping her special interest friends provide her cover.
Eighty-nine elected law enforcement leaders, including nine Democratic sheriffs and district attorneys are backing Brad Schimel because they know he'll put public safety ahead of politics. Susan Happ lacks bipartisan support and has promised special interest groups she wouldn't defend many state laws like those on Voter ID and even the Act 10 labor reforms.
Brad Schimel has outlined detailed plans on:
·       Heroin
·       Human trafficking
·       Violence against women
·       Internet crimes against kids (ICAC)
·       Reforming the State Hygiene Lab, and improving the way the state tests for drugged driving.  
The campaign promises more to come. Meanwhile, Susan Happ has been evading the press and the public, and recently broke her promise to release a list of debates in which she'd participate.
"Brad Schimel is running a positive, issues-based campaign on the public safety issues that matter," said Koremenos. "Susan Happ appears to be laying low, biding her time until her special interest group friends descend onto Wisconsin airwaves to attack Brad Schimel?
“Is she hiding from the press' growing list of questions about her record? Is she outsourcing her campaign to the outside interest groups? Or both?
"Look at and and you'll see only Brad Schimel respects the voters enough to address the issues that concern them," said Koremenos. "Happ hides and hopes. She refuses to answer questions about her record and she hopes third party groups come in to save her. Maybe that's why she's promising not to defend certain state laws?"
Schimel is also endorsed by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, current Attorney General JB Van Hollen, the Wisconsin Troopers Association, the Milwaukee Police Association, and the Wisconsin Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.