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Tuesday, January 27, 2015  |   Madison, WI: 27.0° F  
CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: Let's talk about death

When patients in La Crosse started to think about end-of-life issues, costs dropped to half the national average, yet life expectancy is longer: "They want to end their stories on their own terms." >More
Citizen Dave: Airlines want you to be miserable

The economics of airline service fees is that we won't pay for them unless the basic service is miserable. So the airlines have created an actual incentive to provide a bad experience, so more of their customers will opt for "special" treatment. >More
Citizen Dave: In defense of Mike Tate

Last November was a national Democratic disaster of almost epic proportions, and there was nothing one state's party chair could do about it. >More
Citizen Dave: Suicide is the real story about guns

Contrary to the narrative of the National Rifle Association, a murder-suicide in Montfort, Wisconsin, represents the typical use of a gun in a death. >More
Citizen Dave: Why is air travel so bad?

Look, I am not a complainer. I am not a difficult person. In fact, as a rule I'm a pretty happy consumer. I think most products and services have improved in the last couple of decades. >More
Citizen Dave: Let's get Madison's 2015 mayoral candidates talking

Who to vote for mayor of Madison will be the most important -- and exciting -- civic decision of the next four years. In case you missed it, there's an election for that position coming up on April 7, with a primary only a few weeks away on February 17. >More
Citizen Dave: Charlie Hebdo and Madison

In reflecting on yesterday's massacre at the headquarters of the French satirical periodical Charlie Hebdo, a few things come to mind with regards to life in Madison. >More
Citizen Dave: We must repeal concealed carry

As I've stated regularly over the last few years -- as a hunter who owns guns -- I believe that carrying around a loaded firearm in public is simply insane. >More
Citizen Dave: As you enjoy the bowl games, think of the players

Okay, so it wasn't the most eloquent statement ever, but it was accurate. "Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS." >More
Citizen Dave: The biggest issue of 2014 and beyond is non-representative government

In the final issue of Isthmus for 2014, I wrote about what I considered to be the top 10 stories of the year that would have the most impact in 2015 and beyond. I listed the top three as Governor Walker's reelection, the big Republican majorities in the Wisconsin Legislature, and local reactions to the Ferguson protests, in that order. I now wish to revise and extend my remarks. >More
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