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Sunday, December 28, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 22.0° F  A Few Clouds
The Daily

MAKING THE PAPER

Warm-weather warm-up

It may seem as if we've just been through summer. (Excuse me while I scrape the melted tar off my shoes.) But no! It has yet to begin, as evidenced by the fact that our annual guide to the season's enjoyment, SummerTimes, appears with this issue. Not only that, we're flippin' Frisbees on the cover of this last issue in May. >More
 Some things never change

The advances in personal communications in the last decade and a half have been not only extensive but also transformative. Where once your only choice to converse with someone not in the room with you was to call them on their fixed, land line phone, these days you can text, email or simply call them on their cell, making them accessible to you any time of the day or night, regardless of location. >More
 Good all around

Volunteerism is alive and well in America. Stepping forward for the community good has been enshrined since colonial times in the ethic of our country, from joining the militia to raising a barn. Our news feature this week, "Volunteers for America" by Mary Ellen Bell, tells how volunteerism has become a short-term career decision for many recent college graduates. >More
 The quirky side

We've been treated to some beautiful weather lately. Maybe a little windy hold on to your skirts, girls and boys but nonetheless the type of salubrious, invigorating spring days that beckon you to get out and do something, anything. But what? Well, we have the answer to that "where can I go, what can I do" quandary in our cover story this week, "Neighborhood Secrets." >More
 Hard times

Roger Bybee does a lot of writing about labor and union issues, and he's done several stories for us on those and related topics. This week, he conveys to us the story of the dissolution of the auto industry in Janesville and the demise it portends for the future of that city. >More
 The bloviator

This week Isthmus, in an interesting role for a print medium, visits the blogosphere. We are taken there to visit one of its most prominent members, UW law professor Ann Althouse, on a trip conducted by one of its more popular local denizens, Jack Craver, otherwise known as The Sconz. >More
 Get out there!

This is the weekend when spring shifts into high gear. The Wisconsin Film Festival already has folks walking the streets of downtown - this year's fest started on Wednesday evening and continues through Sunday. The pride of Madison, the Dane County Farmers' Market, kicks off its season on Saturday around the Square. And, of course, the Third Annual Isthmus Green Day occupies Monona Terrace from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It's a nice confluence of interesting and entertaining activities. >More
 Spring flings

You might have noticed in last week's Isthmus that the enigmatic editor of The Week was Travis Bickle. Many will recognize the name as the main character in the film Taxi Driver. Those editor credits are often an inside joke, and this one referred to the fact that Travis Bickle (as portrayed by Robert De Niro) graced the cover of the first issue of Isthmus. >More
 Not all fun and games

I was born too soon. Believe me, a couple of generations of adults look with envy at the multitude of electronic devices that take playing games to the verge of reality, close enough at its most sophisticated to be dubbed virtual reality. In our childhoods we were consigned to decks of cards or rolling dice to introduce elements of chance into cardboard scenarios. Today, it's like being in the middle of a movie - and they don't call it play anymore, it's gaming. >More
 Winning words

Every once in a while ink-stained wretches get lucky, and someone decides they should be lauded for what they do. Journalism awards ensue. We are entering just such a season, and Isthmus has been fortunate enough to merit some attention through the fine work of its writers. >More
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