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A little bit country

Even if you were not born in Wisconsin, if you've lived here long enough you have a passing familiarity with dairy farms. You may have taken a tour; you undoubtedly know people who grew up on farms; you at least made eye contact with the occasional cow on the Concourse. And you're quite comfortable, while taking countryside rides in the springtime, cracking jokes about our "dairy air." >More
 Don't be cruel

The poet wrote, "April is the cruelest month." (Okay, it was T.S. Eliot in "The Wasteland.") He hung that tag on the fourth month for "breeding lilacs out of dead land." So if April was so guilty in his eyes for offering promise that would not be lasting, what about August, which presages the defeat of promise? After August comes decay, to be followed by months of cold and dark. >More
 Take two aspirin...

 Walking tour

Back in the spring of 2008, not so long ago but seeming like another era, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz journeyed to our sister city of Freiburg, Germany, a Madison-sized municipality of around 200,000. While there, he observed the Vauban neighborhood, a planned "car-light" area that espoused the latest in environmentally aware living. He came back bursting with plans for a northeast Madison neighborhood developed along the same ethic. >More
 Tough choices

Our cover story this week, "Saying No to Drugs," is not about what you might think. It is not a cautionary about the dangers of abusing recreational drugs, but about those folks with serious mental diagnoses who find the cure, powerful medication, at times worse than their particular disease. >More
 Pod people

As we labor through this, the summer of economic discontent, we are aware that life still goes on, that day turns into night and then returns, requiring us to get up and get at it once again each day. Still, as our cover story this week observes, there are some rather profound changes afoot in many of our daily routines. >More
 Hanging in there

These days, stupid or not, it's the economy that seems to be on everyone's mind, to the exclusion of everything else. (Okay, everything else except Michael Jackson.) We at Isthmus have not escaped the preoccupation, as evidenced by our lead news stories the past two issues. >More
 Straight talk

Welcome to Isthmus, issue number 26. That means we're halfway through the calendar year 2009. It also means that we end our fiscal year for 2008-09, and we end it with a whimper, not a bang, with one of our smallest issues, at 32 pages. >More
 Work in progress

I'm here to squelch the rumor that those of us who come downtown every day aren't working. What do you think, we're holding hands and playing "Ring Around the Capitol"? We're working here! And to prove it, next week, June 22-26, Downtown Madison Inc., the Business Improvement District and a host of co-sponsors are putting on the first Downtown Works Week. >More
 Story arc

This is the time of year for endings - the end of the school year brings a lot of Madison stories to a close as their protagonists head out of town to pursue the rest of their lives. Thus it is also a time for new beginnings. Here is one such story as observed through the pages of this publication. >More
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