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Citizen Dave: Don't kick your leaves to the curb

There should come a time when raking all of your leaves to the curb and expecting city crews to come pick them up will be as foreign as smoking in bars and airplanes or tossing aluminum cans into the garbage. Currently, the city of Madison spends about $1.8 million a year to collect almost 18,000 tons of leaves. Not only is this expensive, but it isn't the best environmental practice. >More
 Citizen Dave: Let Grand Rapids win the lip dub sweepstakes

Grand Rapids, Michigan got blasted in Newsweek this spring for being one of the top ten dying cities in America. The community responded with a creative effort that went viral online. >More
 Citizen Dave: Are debates really the best way for vetting candidates?

This series of debates has been so awful that it might be time to rethink the whole notion that this is a valuable way to judge candidates. >More
 Citizen Dave: Soglin to the homeless... get out of Madison

I've encountered some pretty cynical things in politics, but Mayor Paul Soglin's "Helping Hands Homeward" budget proposal is just about the worst I've seen. I could respect Soglin more if he at least would call it what it is: the "Hey, Homeless, Get Out of Town!" program. >More
 Citizen Dave: Tammy and Tommy, Barack and Mitt, Joe and Paul -- Does it really have to be this bad?

Overall, just like last time, in my view, Tammy Baldwin beat Tommy Thompson hands down in tonight's debate. She speaks in complete English sentences. She is even-tempered and dignified, something we need a lot more of these days in politics. It's not just that I like her politics; I like her. But debating is not her strong suit. >More
 Citizen Dave: The Spring Harbor Middle School greenhouse is one cure for cynicism

We live in a cynical world, and election season only heightens the malady. But one sure cure for cynicism is a trip to a Madison public school. Tuesday was the annual "Principal for a Day" event sponsored by the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools. This year I was invited to give a talk by my friend Amy Bogost, who was principal for a day at her daughter's middle school, Spring Harbor. >More
 Citizen Dave: Obama shows up and does okay, sort of

Woody Allen said that showing up is 90% of everything. Well, President Obama showed up tonight, which is more than any of us can say for his last performance. I'd call it a draw, which means that the president stopped the bleeding, but nothing more than that. >More
 Citizen Dave: Wisconsin's wolf hunt is wrong

I am a hunter. I've shot deer, I have shot at ducks. And I've sat at the edge of fields listening to turkeys in the distance well out of shouting, much less shooting, range. I would shoot one if they would ever give me the chance. But like the vast majority of Wisconsin hunters, I don't go looking to kill something I won't eat. >More
 Citizen Dave: PBS rock star Dayton Duncan headlines in Madison

Quick. Before Mitt Romney wipes it off the face of the Earth, you have a chance to see a public broadcasting rock star. >More
 Citizen Dave: Vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan a wash

Last night's debate didn't help the Obama-Biden campaign. The first thing you noticed in the vice presidential debate last night was that Paul Ryan won the American flag lapel pin battle. His pin was much bigger. >More
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