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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: Dan Nerad has been good for Madison

I wasn't surprised when Dan Nerad announced yesterday that he wouldn't go for another contract as Madison schools superintendent. He was pretty chewed up. I understand why -- Madison values education more than anything. >More
Citizen Dave: Repeal the castle doctrine before Barney Fife kills again

We have Barney Fifes running around virtually everywhere in America, but there's no Sheriff Taylor to keep them in check. They're carrying high-powered weapons, locked and loaded. And they're killing innocent people. >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review, with the Romney Etch A Sketch, Clintonville horrors, and the Frozen Four

I was a little concerned that nothing funny would happen this week and then, right on cue, Team Romney came through. The Mitt had just won the Illinois primary going away and snatched up the coveted (if chilly) endorsement of Jeb Bush when one of his advisers went on TV to talk about the Etch A Sketch. >More
Citizen Dave: A gun killed Trayvon Martin

A young African American man walks into a convenience store and emerges with Skittles and an iced tea. In our gun-saturated country that turns out to be an offense punishable by death. >More
Citizen Dave: Losing the last whisker of credibility

Inspired by the record-breaking warmth, I did some spring-cleaning this weekend. I put up the screens, put out the hoses, hung up my heavy winter bike and dusted off my summer commuter, swept out the garage, and moved some compost around. I also got a haircut and shaved off my beard. It's that last part that has me worried. >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review... throw the book at Mike Konopacki!

We're committing the entire Week in Review this Friday to the big, big, BIG issue of the Steve Nass stationery scandal. Let's call it "Letterheadgate." >More
Citizen Dave: The Badgers and bracket heresy

It's the most wonderful time of the year. I love NCAA basketball tournament time. I love the fact, that in a sports world bent on parity and getting the most competitive, evenly matched teams together (except, of course, in the case of the New York Yankees), we get, in the first round, the very best teams playing the very worst teams to make it to the dance. >More
Citizen Dave: Idea of the Week... ban handguns and automatic weapons

The answer is not more silence and even more modest proposals. The answer is not to make nice with the radicals in the NRA. The answer, for those of us who want to end the gun carnage, is to make bold proposals that pull the debate back in our direction. >More
Citizen Dave: You're invited to a talk about urbanism and Greenbush-Vilas revitalization

What I really enjoy, my passion in life, is cities. I feel like the 19th century reformer Frederick Howe, who wrote: " I studied cities as one might study art. I was interested in curbs, in sewers, in skylines. I wrote about cities... I dreamed about them. The city was the enthusiasm of my life. And I saw cities as social agencies that would make life easier for people, full of pleasure, beauty and opportunity." >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review, with another use for concealed weapons, Ira for Lt. Guv, Dale Schultz, and a lighter for Pat Robertson

The big news this week was that a North Carolina man fired nine bullets from a pistol into his daughter's laptop computer to teach her a valuable lesson about manners. She had posted outrageous things on Facebook -- something never before heard from a teenager -- words to the effect that she was being asked to do too many chores around the house. >More
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