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Citizen: Emerson East neighborhood warms to Occupy Madison's tiny houses for the homeless

In the abstract, who could argue against such a great idea? Move motivated, responsible people off Madison's frozen streets and into eco-friendly "tiny houses," through an all-volunteer, privately funded effort. In the process, these formerly roofless people develop construction and maintenance skills, putting in hundreds of hours each to build 99-square-foot homes. >More
 Citizen: Yes, Gov. Walker, there is 'significant movement' toward marriage equality in Wisconsin

Dear Gov. Walker, you were quoted a couple of weeks ago as saying that you sense no "significant movement" toward legalizing gay marriage in Wisconsin, and you justified fighting whatever movement there is by stating that as an elected official it is your duty to uphold the Constitution. So I must ask a few questions and point out a few details. >More
 The Snuggle House should cuddle up with its downtown Madison neighbors

When word of the Snuggle House first landed in Madison, it quickly became a popular topic of discussion in TriBeCa, the "TRIangle BEhind the CApitol" centered around King Street. Many of us who live and work in the neighborhood simply laughed at the entire concept of the business -- it just seemed so ludicrous. >More
 Stop the next government shutdown before it starts by ousting tea party politicians

As our tea party-sponsored government shutdown concludes its second week with little hope for a resolution, the contrast between life in Wisconsin and life in our nation's capital couldn't be clearer. >More
 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
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