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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: Rob Ford and Robert La Follette

I spend some time in Canada, and most of the liberal Canadians I hang out with (yes, there are conservative Canadians but they'd be liberals in the U.S. -- never mind, it's complicated) are embarrassed by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his exploits. >More
Citizen Dave: Bow hunting for deer requires skill (fortunately for the deer)

I hunt a lot of stuff. Turkeys in spring. Ducks in the fall. And, of course, deer in November. But for all that sitting in the woods and fields and on a river, I don't kill much of anything. There are complicated reasons for this. >More
Citizen Dave: More bicycles make for more happiness

The 2013 World Happiness Report is out, and my conclusion is that people are happier when they ride bikes more. Okay, maybe it's not that simple. >More
Citizen Dave: Madison will miss Mark Bugher

Last Friday was Mark Bugher's final day on the job as director of University Research Park. He has headed it since leaving Governor Tommy Thompson's administration, for which he served as secretary of the Department of Administration. >More
Citizen Dave: Halloween at the mayor's house

It's dangerous to run out of things to say on the radio. It was maybe my third or fourth year in office, and I was doing a radio interview about Halloween. The reporter pitched me a softball question: Did I do anything special for the kids? >More
Citizen Dave: How about the Mukwonago Bears?

In the ongoing, and in my view needless, controversy surrounding Native American mascot names, one solution has been inadvertently suggested. >More
Citizen Dave: Obama's baffling failure to sell Obamacare

While I believe the Affordable Care Act will soon become rooted as part of the American welfare state (and I mean that as a good thing) right along with Social Security and Medicare, there's no question that the president and his team have badly messed up the politics of this launch. >More
Citizen Dave: Blame Canada for the health care rollout mess

Lots of people are blaming President Barack Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for not anticipating and heading off the computer problems that have troubled the opening days of the Affordable Care Act rollout. Well, let me tell you something. This wouldn't have happened under Jimmy Carter. >More
Citizen Dave: Waving me out of the way

Occasionally in this space, I like to share a moment of fading notoriety. >More
Citizen Dave: Bike helmets are important

A few weeks ago, I wrote about bike helmets in response to an Isthmus cover story by Erik Ness regarding what he perceived to be a decline in their use. I thought I offered a pretty good take on the issue, but some readers took exception to it. What they found most troubling was my claim to be a "bike helmet agnostic." >More
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