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Why I sing at the Wisconsin Capitol without a permit

I'm a small business owner, not a public employee. I have never been in a union. So why do I still sing protest songs with the Solidarity Sing Along at the Capitol, even after being arrested for doing so? If a permit is readily attainable, isn't it just stubborn not to apply for one? There are, in fact, good reasons why I still sing without a permit. >More
 RIP Yellow Jersey, Madison's outlaw bike shop

Unless you love bike shops -- the old style, with bikes and parts hanging in semi-controlled chaos, staffed by passionate experts who don't need to tap a keyboard to know the seat-tube diameter of a 1968 Peugeot PX-10 -- you may not miss the Yellow Jersey, which is leaving State Street on Monday, September after a 42-year run. >More
 Growing up at Schensky's Hardware on Monroe Street in the 1940s and '50s

I learned a lot about the street where I grew up in Isthmus' cover story about Monroe Street. But I was disappointed to find no mention of Schensky's Hardware. Schensky's was located at 1835 Monroe St. for approximately 50 years, from the 1940s to the 1990s. >More
 I was arrested at the Wisconsin Capitol for singing a song

I've been told to "stay out of trouble" all my life. As a school counselor for 20 years I gave the same advice to my students. But I am in trouble. I was arrested at the Capitol on Tuesday, August 6. My crime is singing "This Land Is Your Land" with others without first getting permission from Gov. Scott Walker. I can't claim I didn't know what might happen. >More
 How Ryan Braun can make amends with Milwaukee Brewers fans

Dear Ryan Braun, after your suspension for doping, we Milwaukee Brewers fans won't see much of you for the rest of the year, and God only knows how we'll feel when you return to the dugout come next spring. But, for better or worse, you are still the face of our franchise. >More
 Alexander Company's proposal for Longfellow School will preserve a Madison landmark

The proposal by the Alexander Company to convert the Longfellow School building on South Brooks Street to residential apartments and build a new addition is a great option for the long-term future of the historic building. It puts the building back on a course toward adaptive reuse that was stalled when Meriter Hospital purchased it in 1997. >More
 Say it ain't so, Ryan Braun

Dear Ryan Braun, as you know, your suspension from baseball for using performance-enhancing drugs has disappointed many people, not only Milwaukee Brewers fans, but all of those who believed you when you insisted that the allegations you were juicing were not true. You were always such a pure athlete, with such natural talent, that it seemed obvious there was no need to use illegal drugs to improve your performance. >More
 St. Patrick's Day shenanigans blatantly break rules at Wisconsin Capitol, police issue no citations

On St. Patrick's Day, I attended the annual Irish flag ceremony at the Capitol, an event I have been going to for several years and which as a proud man of Irish heritage I have always enjoyed. But this year, I noticed several hooligans engaging in behavior that many of those in the Solidarity Sing Along have been cited for in the past year. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker's 2013-15 budget is even more radical than his last one, belying his new 'moderate' mask

Ever since the recall election, the media has worked to paint a curious portrait of you as some kind of "moderate," stressing always your someday-hopes of a bid at the presidency -- assuming all that John Doe stuff goes away. Just this week, USA Today even found a UW-La Crosse professor to say that you've "been moving toward the middle and sounding more conciliatory." On the eve of your budget address, I'm writing to say we can see right through these phony new clothes. >More
 A trip to a Middleton gun show

On Feb. 1, my curiosity took me to the gun show at Madison Marriott West. It was easy to get in. No ID needed. Just pay the $7 and in you go. As you enter, there before you are displays of any kind of gun or ammo you might want. >More
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