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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: 'Stations of the Cross' park an improvement at Fairchild and Main

I know some folks have been waiting for me to comment on a big downtown development project, stalled for years and given up for dead, which just got a new life. I refer, of course, to the St. Raphael's Cathedral site on Fairchild Street. >More
Citizen Dave: More senseless gun slaughter with the Sikh temple shooting

This was supposed to be a light commentary about our day at the Wisconsin State Fair on Sunday. But after our visit to the fair, we stopped at my parents' house in West Allis to drop off some cream puffs. They had the TV on, and that's how we learned about the latest horrific mass gun murders, this time at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, just twenty minutes or so south of my parents' home. >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review, with Jerry Frautschi and the Edgewater, Romneyshambles, a Chik-fil-A Eucharist, and crying at the Olympics

The big local news is that Jerry Frautschi has revived the Edgewater Hotel. After the city reneged on its commitment to help the project financially, Jerry and a group of investors moved in to save the project with what amounts to a charitable contribution. Reports are that Frautschi, frustrated with the inability of any level of government to accomplish anything, will soon announce that he's also going to pick up the tab for a public market, high-speed rail, and universal health care on the Canadian model. >More
Citizen Dave: Losing the chipmunk wars

It has been a great summer for tomatoes. Early hot, humid and sunny weather has made for a great growing season, as long as you could water your plants. Some of mine are almost six feet high. I love tomatoes enough to rethink my concerns about global climate change. >More
Citizen Dave: Milwaukee Brewers fans will have to wait 'til next year!

Put a fork in us -- we're done. If you're a Milwaukee Brewers fan, it's time to admit that our season is essentially over, and it's time to start thinking about spring training. >More
Citizen Dave: The struggle continues

Back in April, United Airlines lost my suitcase, which contained my glasses and a bunch of other stuff. Except for a post titled "And hell is United Airlines" and a few other casual references to it like that, I've been patient and understanding. But now into the 95th day and eleventh hour of United losing my bag, I need to bring it up again because of the replacement glasses issue. >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review, with Penn State's record, the comely Mrs. Beloved Dictator, and Mitt with the Brits

In the wake of yet another mass killing by an apparently deranged man legally armed to the teeth, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner put the partisan rhetoric aside and came together in a joint show of clichés and platitudes. >More
Citizen Dave: Paralysis in the wake of Aurora is more evidence we need independent pols

Global climate change is the biggest human-caused environmental disaster probably in the history of the planet. Gun violence is among the leading unnecessary killers in America and one of our nation's biggest public health threats. And in our current two party system, we can't talk about either. >More
Citizen Dave: Tim Cullen demonstrates the wrong way to be an independent

Since the failure of the recall election against Scott Walker, I've become more and more interested in bipartisan and nonpartisan movements. I've come to the conclusion that a lot of sensible people are just tired of the partisan fights and the hollow rhetoric. One of the champions of that way of thinking has been State Senator Tim Cullen, a Democrat from Janesville. >More
Citizen Dave: How the University of Wisconsin should respond to Penn State

The sanctions that the NCAA meted out against Penn State for covering up Jerry Sandusky's abuse of children were inadequate because they didn't do much of anything to correct the unhealthy culture that permeates big-time college sports everywhere. Even in Madison. >More
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