The Bright Side

Article by Terry O’Neill, Lake Geneva resident and former city alderperson:

The creation and explanation of what a “Thoughticide” may well be.
Every experience is different and we can’t have individual words for individual experiences, so we bundle similar things by their common elements and then use a single word to describe the bundled characteristic (i.e. house). Based on personal experience each of us has attached a slightly different meaning to every word. Normally the difference is small so that we can communicate with them, but sometimes a person attaches a strong emotional feeling to some words, thoughts, or opinions and they trigger those emotions when said or thought. Very strong emotions then block and exclude any opposing thought such that, for the individual, the word, thought, or opinion becomes a “thoughticide,” and it rejects and blocks any other meaning, view or thought on the subject and, like a coin glued to a wall, it makes it impossible for one to see the other side of the coin.

A “thoughticide” kills thoughts like an insecticide kills insects. If one can’t listen to another person’s view on a subject, then one has probably been infected with a poisonous “thoughticide,” and it, not only hurts oneself but others, as well. It isolates one from others and others from oneself.

“Toughticides” are mutually exclusive of all other thoughts on the subject and they can be infectious and contagious to the point that they are hurting our nation. As of today, the only known antidote for a “thoughticide” is for one to open one’s mind and to listen to others because one cares about them. If one doesn’t care enough to listen to another’s view, then one is infected and will live within an infected group and without outside communication. People and groups reinforce their own views and will continue to drift further and further apart until they divide.

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The Riviera Beach seems to be the place to be.
With the COVID-19 and the recommendations to social distance, the beach initially opened with only a quarter of its capacity. This is usually not a problem, especially during the days of the week, but with temperatures warmer than average for early June, and not all beaches open to the public in either Wisconsin or Illinois, a waiting period and long line to get into the beach can be found most of the time. Last Tuesday was the most extreme example of this, as the line reached as far north as Main Street and the wait was two hours, at times. Several residents of Lake Geneva were not happy about the line or wait and called on the GSR to get the word out. Several downtown businesses also repeated complaints voiced by residents. The argument of residents has some validity, as the residents pay most of the taxes that keep the beach-going, and most have beach passes. The locals live in and around Lake Geneva and support the community year-round.

Why are residents not gifted a few perks for the payment of taxes and also loyalty? A second line for residents was suggested, so locals would have a better chance to get into the beach after experiencing a much shorter wait. Other options to enjoy the lake are not many, as Wisconsin DNR has temporarily closed Big Foot Beach, and the other beaches on Geneva Lake cater to their own residents first. Williams Bay Beach is only open to residents, and Fontana Beach is open to the public but only up to two-hundred, and that’s after residents. When the beach capacity maxes out the Lake Geneva beach will not allow more people in until some people clear out. After complaints were voiced by many residents, beach management decided to open up to a larger amount of people.

The downtown beach capacity was upped from three-hundred to seven-hundred then nine hundred, and now it seems there is no limit. Even with the beach letting more people in, the lines continue to be very long. The newest problem has been the old beach pass kiosks. They are old and process credit card payments very slowly (most people pay by card). The city recently purchased and installed new parking kiosks but not the beach kiosks, and that decision may have been a mistake. The issue of the increased capacity may have also been a mistake on the city’s part due to the fact that the residents and some city officials did not receive information on the change. The beach has been a popular focal point for praise and complaints, and an important question has gone unanswered.

The question on the beach and everywhere in the city government appears to be; “what is full capacity?”

As the GSR dug into this issue many different numbers from city officials were given out, but none seemed to match. The harbormaster for Lake Geneva said full capacity was seven- hundred and ninety-two (792). A Lake Geneva alderperson indicated the number was twelve-hundred (1,200), and a very high city official stated that it was twenty-eight hundred (2,800).

What is the correct number? Is the beach at full capacity allowing seven hundred? What was the original goal of limiting the people on the beach? Wasn’t it to slow the spread of the virus? How and why has that changed? The GSR counted beachgoers at three in the afternoon on Monday. The count, difficult to take, was between thirteen hundred and seventeen-hundred. That’s a lot of very close beachgoers.

Beachgoers Lake Geneva


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