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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
 Citizen Dave: LaMarr Billups, a man of integrity and principle

Had he wanted to do it, we would have had a Mayor LaMarr Billups administration over the last eight years instead of mine. When I started to think seriously about running for mayor in 2002, there was only one potential candidate that would have kept me out of the race. It wasn't Paul Soglin; it was LaMarr Billups. >More
 Citizen Dave: Ideas Friday... shrink Thrive to make it thrive

What does Madison have in common with Janesville? Janesville is a fine city with a beautiful downtown full of historic buildings, and its people have a proud tradition of hard work. That's true of Madison as well, but the comparison pretty much ends there. >More
 Citizen Dave: Honoring World War II veterans through Honor Flight

Last Saturday, on his 85th birthday, my father got on a plane at 5 a.m. and flew to Washington D.C. But he wasn't alone. My oldest niece's husband, Sgt. Mark Felix, and about 100 other World War II veterans and their guardians accompanied him. They toured the World War II Memorial, the memorials to the U.S. Marines (Iwo Jima), Vietnam, and Korea, as well as the Lincoln Memorial. They watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Then they flew back home, arriving around 10 p.m. >More
 Citizen Dave: Why the Overture Center should get another $500k

The Madison Common Council should pass an amendment to provide another $500,000 to the Overture Center when it comes up for a vote next week. It's not only the right thing to do -- I'd say it's a moral obligation. But, first, as my friend Ald. Tim Bruer would say, a little history. >More
 Citizen Dave: The decentralization of everything

Quick. Who's the national leader of the Tea Party movement? Of Occupy Wall Street? While conservative think tanks and fundraisers are certainly doing what they can to steer the tea partiers, and while Democratic politicians would love to get closer to OWS, I don't think any of us can name one identifiable front-person for either of the most potent political movements of the hour. >More
 Citizen Dave: Congress fixes motto mess, national identity crisis avoided

It turns out there's a swirling controversy about our nation's motto that only Congress could resolve. To quote the lede from a New York Times article last week, "Citing a crisis of national identity and mass confusion among Americans about their nation's motto, the House on Tuesday voted on a resolution 'reaffirming 'In God We Trust' as the official motto of the United States.'" And you thought that it was the economy and nagging unemployment that was at the top of people's agendas. Well, think again. >More
 Citzen Dave: Ideas Friday with power lines as works of art

Next year, the American Transmission Company will start building a power line along the Beltline. It'll be god-awful ugly, but ATC could make it somewhat better by making the massive poles for the lines into works of art. >More
 Citizen Dave: So long, snow man

I don't know what it is about Al Schumacher. The guy would walk into a meeting with me, and I'd say something like, "Al, nice suit jacket. Does it come in your size?" Sometimes he'd beat me to the punch with some jab about whatever I was being criticized for at the moment. But nobody took more undeserved criticism or handled it with more grace than the Madison streets superintendent. >More
 Citizen Dave: Firmly in the middle of Block 100 on State Street

Cities change. They're dynamic, organic places where buildings go up and come down and get replaced. And as long as you're not replacing a building with a surface parking lot or anything that looks like the Humanities Building, there's going to be an interesting and worthwhile debate on whether the new building is an improvement over what it replaces. >More
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