By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Jan 29, 2016 at 6:03 PM

In the heat of this political season, we get lots of candidates talking about what’s wrong with America.

Rich people too rich, poor people too poor, too many immigrants, not enough immigrants, money, money in the wrong places. You name it, someone thinks it’s the cause of all that is bad in our country.

They are all wrong


My wife is flying to Charlotte, N.C., from Milwaukee on Tuesday Feb. 2. She had a mid-morning flight on United Airlines. I bought two one-way tickets, there and back, for $97 each.

But the weather guys say a heavy snowstorm may come our way on Tuesday. Being a dutiful husband, I called United to try and change the flight to Monday. Same flight. Same time. Same everything, except going Monday instead of Tuesday.

After about 15 minutes of waiting and explaining to my very nice Filipino customer service agent named Joshua came back online (I know he was Filipino because I used to live in the Philippines and I asked him where he was).

"I have it for you, Mr. David," he said. "We can change your flight. Seats are available."

"Is there a change fee," I asked.

"Yes," Joshua said.

"How much," I asked.

"Six hundred and eleven dollars," he said. 


Ed. Note: Passenger will hope for no snowfall until after she leaves. 

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.