By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Jan 28, 2016 at 4:03 PM Photography: Bobby Tanzilo

So, Milwaukee, how was your week?

We love it when the national media shines its light on Milwaukee, but this week? Not so much.

First, we had that scathing article in the Toronto Star about Milwaukee being the most segregated city in America. Ouch.

Then the FBI arrests a guy for planning a terrorist attack on a Masonic temple on the eastern edge of Milwaukee’s Downtown.

And then Thursday, Hillary Clinton pointed her shotgun at one of the venerable Milwaukee companies, Johnson Controls, for its plan to merge with Tyco and move operations to Ireland, where taxes are much, much lower. Bernie Sanders was quick to follow up with equally strong criticism of one of Milwaukee’s major employers.

I guess the only good news was that Martin O'Malley didn't pile on too. 

Somehow I like it better when we make the lists of "Best Dive Bars" or "The World’s Greatest Blue Cheeses" or "The Top 10 Music Festivals in the World."

I’m tired of this bad news crap, but if you're some kind of masochist, you can see the Toronto Star's racism story here, the New York Times story on Johnson Controls here, and the Chicago Tribune story on the terrorist here.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

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 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.