West Side Stories

Seeing the President

February 5, 2014

What do you wear to see the President? That’s the first thing that I thought about when I heard that the opportunity had arisen for me to go see President Obama speak for the first time in person, as a high school student. As a journalist in high school, these sort of opportunities don’t arise everyday. However, this time, the opportunity was really just handed to me on a silver platter, or...

Obama Speaks At Waukesha General Electric Plant

January 30, 2014

Obama spoke at the General Electric engine plant in Waukesha Thursday in front of a crowd of several hundred people. He was introduced by several speakers, including GE Power CEO Lorraine Bolsinger, and GE employee Reggie Troop. Troop underwent a job training program that led to him working at Ge. He said the training was essential to helping him earn a living. Obama started off his speech with a f...

West Side Stories Covers Obama Visit

January 29, 2014

West Side Stories' Deanna Ross and Mark Salamone follow Obama's visit to Waukesha with live Twitter coverage. Follow @wauwatosawest on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Tweets by @WauwatosaWest !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs....

Obama to Visit Waukesha Thursday

January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama is coming to Waukesha to speak Thursday about the success of a local General Electric factory, following his State of the Union address. In his address, Obama reflected on 2013 and outlined his ideas for the new year. President Obama repeatedly returned to the idea of hard work in his address. "what I believe unites the people of this nation ... is the simple, profound ...

Rallying in Milwaukee

September 27, 2012

By Jack Wongtam Photographs by Colin Ek Making a campaign stop in Milwaukee, President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of 18,000, including Tosa West students and faculty, at the BMO Harris Pavillion at the Summerfest grounds last Sunday. Not passing up the chance to see the President live for himself, senior Anthony Clayton stood in line for hours waiting for Obama to make his appearance. “Seei...

The Story Behind the Story

February 23, 2012

They're off to see the President, the wonderful President of America, when he's in Milwaukee, of course. Four West Side Stories reporters, Seniors Ellyn Kirtley, Luke Salamone, and Zakiya Robinson, and Junior Kylie Hogrefe were given the opportunity to join professional reporters and writers covering President Obama's visit to Milwaukee on February 15. The President had come to speak to employees of Milwaukee's Masterlock plant. The ...

West Students Cover Obama Milwaukee Visit

February 14, 2012

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West Students Discuss Supreme Court

August 28, 2010

Andy O'Leary In the roughly one-and-a-third year’s worth of time that has passed since Barack Obama took his oath as the 44th President of the United States, I’ve established myself among my politically active friends as one of his more persistent liberal critics. From certain parts of the stimulus bill to his sudden pre-oil spill change of heart on offshore oil drilling and even his stance on so...

Legalizing Marijuana

August 17, 2010

In the revealing question of how full a glass is with water, an optimist is known for the opinion that the glass is “half full”; the pessimist for reporting that the glass is half empty. For realists like myself, the question is trivial and meaningless. The value of the question is indeed not scientific, but somewhat metaphysical. Realism, unmarred by optimistic or pessimistic doctrine, is our...

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