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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: PFC right to cast a wide net for new Madison police chief

The Madison Police and Fire Commissionhas decided not to limit itself to internal candidates to replace MPD Chief Noble Wray, who announced his retirement earlier this year. That's a very good thing. >More
Citizen Dave: The deer hunt and a need for cold

From the cold woods of Richland County, I went straight to the balmy temperatures of northern California. I like them both, but I couldn't live every day in perfect weather. I am a Wisconsin guy. >More
Citizen Dave: Our Thanksgiving family tradition

Thanksgiving is the day we settle all family business. A few years ago, Dianne and I went to New York to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was one of the coldest parades in memory. We arrived a couple hours before the start and shivered among New Yorkers. >More
Citizen Dave: JFK and the nation we could still become

"Take care of John, Mr. Foster." With that admonition to a Secret Service agent, John Kennedy said goodbye to his son for the last time. The Kennedys were at Andrews Air Force Base about to depart for Texas. It was November 21, 1963. At that moment, I can pretty well guess where I was. >More
Citizen Dave: My new rifle

Here's something you don't read from a Madison liberal every day: I bought a new gun. With the gun deer season fast approaching -- the traditional nine-day hunt begins on Saturday morning -- I decided it was time to replace my old semi-automatic rifle with a new bolt action model. >More
Citizen Dave: The sobering lessons of Rob Ford

It's hard to leave Canada, as I am today, what with Toronto being the center of the political scandal universe. In my talks on biking here in Ontario, I've made it a point to thank my Canadian audiences on behalf of all Americans for distracting the world from stuff happening south of their border like, I don't know, government shutdowns, disastrous roll outs of major health care programs, Sarah Palin -- that sort of thing. >More
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
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