With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.
He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.
This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as OnMilwaukee.com keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.
Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.
|Sports - September 18, 2014|
|Are NFL teams hiding bad behavior by other players?|
|How many teams have players in their locker rooms who are in the kind of trouble currently dogging the NFL and that the teams are hiding with fingers crossed that they don't lose a player to suspension?|
|Kids & Family - September 18, 2014|
|Fair Play demands do no service for Common Ground|
|Common Ground has an initiative called "Fair Play" that's designed to spark a significant improvement in school and public recreational facilities in Milwaukee County. It's a worthy initiative for the increasingly influential grassroots lobbying organization. But Dave Begel says it's blackmail.|
|Sports - September 16, 2014|
|Plenty of blame to go around in bad week for the NFL|
|This has been a difficult week for the National Football League, the most popular sport in the country, by far. And the affairs of Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Roger Goodell have raised a series of questions and which may be difficult to answer, but which deserve our best try at answers.|
|Arts & Entertainment - September 15, 2014|
|Actor Staples moves behind the footlights for the first time|
|Deborah Staples is an actor and an associate artist at the Milwaukee Rep. She is at the absolute top of her game and delivers memorable performances wherever she appears. It would seem that with her career and her family, there would be no room left. However, she has begun to scale a new mountain in her life as she steps behind the footlights to direct her first play.|
|Arts & Entertainment - September 14, 2014|
|Theatre Unchained's "Addams Family" musical is frighteningly funny|
|Sometimes stepping off the beaten path, or outside of the mainstream, can be fraught with peril but on occasion it can turn into a wonderful surprise and you pat yourself on the back for taking the big step. Such was my reaction after stepping into the deliciously tiny space of Theatre Unchained in order to see the production of "The Addams Family Musical."|
|Marketplace - September 13, 2014|
|13 best things "Made in Wisconsin"|
|We may not have movie stars like California, oranges like Florida or corn like Iowa, but Wisconsin has a long list of excellent stuff we've given to the rest of the world. Here are the top 13 things that carry the "Made in Wisconsin" tag.|
|Arts & Entertainment - September 12, 2014|
|Raucous sketches light up Alchemist Theatre with hilarious laughter|
|The little Alchemist Theatre space is one of the real jewels in this city, and it comes alive in an amazing fashion with "Destiny, Deviltry & Dentistry," a hilarious collection of sketches running through Sept. 20.|
|Milwaukee Buzz - September 11, 2014|
|Political correctness erodes the principle of freedom of speech|
|Political correctness has intruded on one of the most precious pillars of our government, a pillar that was embraced at the very beginning of this country.|
|Sports - September 9, 2014|
|Roenicke deserves major blame for Brewers crash to earth|
|The Milwaukee Brewers can still run and hit and pitch and throw and catch as well as they ever could, but they aren't doing any of those things even decently now. And I think it's the fault of the manager.|
|Sports - September 9, 2014|
|Packers on the short end of intelligence and courage|
|From that time on I have always thought those two things, intelligence and courage, were critical elements in any football player. And that's why I am so overly disappointed in the way the Packers opened their season last week against the Seahawks in Seattle.|
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