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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 27.0° F  Fog/Mist
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Citizen Dave: The Week in Review, from the Bucks and Badgers to the recall and religion

Let's start with the sports pages, where there was bad news for the Milwaukee Bucks. Hopeful Bucks fans were praying that the entire season would be cancelled and the Bucks would go 82 games without a loss. As we all know, the NBA usually plays an 82-game season for the sole purpose of eliminating the Bucks from the playoffs. >More
 Citizen Dave: Idea of the week... winter bike commuting

When I lost my job in April, the city of Madison took away the cool little black Honda Fit that I used for official city business. They also had the audacity to take away my income. Now living in a one-car and one-income household, the answer to my transportation needs was a bike. >More
 Citizen Dave: The foreclosure next door

When I was a kid growing up in West Allis, there was an elderly couple living next door. On summer afternoons, retired farmers Mr. & Mrs. Harry Lawrence would sit in their front yard beneath two perfectly shaped apple trees that stood sentry on either side of the sidewalk. Their tidy little Cape Cod had an expansive backyard with more apple trees from an old orchard that had been there before our subdivision. Harry Lawrence had built a perfect white wooden picket fence around it. >More
 Citizen Dave: Dane County takes leadership role on lakes

Dane County Board Chair Scott McDonell has put out a promising and bold proposal to improve the Madison lakes. Scott's proposal would invest $27 million over five years to remove carp that stir up sediment, upgrade sewer outfalls so that less pollutants reach our lakes, buy land in critical areas for water runoff, install more of the barriers that keep scum away from our beaches, and implement recommendations still to come from a pending study. >More
 Citizen Dave: The Wisconsin deer hunt is about a lot more than killing deer

Well, I'm back from my annual deer hunting trip. As with every year, I'm feeling recharged by my long quiet hours in the woods, fields and swamps of western and northern Wisconsin. I'm grateful for the camaraderie of deer camp and all that goes with it. >More
 Citizen Dave: The sacred day

Today is the sacred day, the quiet Friday before the opening of Wisconsin gun deer season. It's one of my favorite days of the year. Today is all about preparation and the gathering of friends. >More
 Citizen Dave: Real labor calls out elitist Edgewater opponents

Yesterday, I wrote about the recent setback for the Edgewater redevelopment, and how I perceived an element of elitism in some of the arguments against the project. Now, in a letter likewise issued on Wednesday, Steve Breitlow of the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin laid it on the line for Mayor Soglin and the alders who voted to kill the Edgewater funding and the jobs that would have come with it. >More
 Citizen Dave: The Madison daily newspapers offer not enough and too much of nothing

One of the pleasures of being out of public office is disregarding completely the wrath of those who buy ink by the barrel or hold an FCC license. So, occasionally in this space I'll critique the Madison media. This is likely to provoke some pushback, as it has been my observation that editors who are quick to criticize others in their editorial pages and stories are just as quick to take deep offense at the least bit of criticism thrown back in their own direction. >More
 Citizen Dave: Elitism and the Edgewater

Let's step back and think about the meaning of the latest setback for the Edgewater project, and what it might mean for the development of our city and for the working families who would have benefited from the project. Frankly, it's a stretch to say that this proves that Madison can't put two bricks together. >More
 Citizen Dave: The lark ascending, over Wisconsin and the Walker recall

I drove up to Sauk City this morning to retrieve my deer hunting rifle from Gary the gunsmith. Gary tightened some screws on the old 30-06 and got it to shoot straight enough for this season, put on a new strap, and oiled it up. But, he explained, this Remington model was made with a fatal flaw that will eventually cause the gun to jam and require me to spend four or five hundred dollars on a new used rifle some day. But not today. >More
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