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The problem with regulators

Dan Cassuto of WKOW Channel 27 had another eye-opening report last week on the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. He finally got to the bottom of DATCP's claims, made in a brochure, that callers to its consumer hotline report an "average savings" of $968. >More
 School testing gets absurd

A few weeks ago my friend's 8-year-old came home all excited, waving a letter from school about a test called the Scholastic Reading Inventory. Not only did the little boy have test results showing he'd scored well above the third-grade level (no surprise to anyone who knows this avid reader), he also had a list of recommended books. Number one on the list: Arctic Dreams. Number two: A Clockwork Orange. >More
 A wrong turn on immigration in Dane County

"My name is Blanca, and I am illegal." That was how one member of the public introduced herself at a recent meeting of the Immigration Task Force in Madison. She was staring into the face of Dave Mahoney, the Dane County sheriff, as she spoke. >More
 All hail the Tea Party!

Ol' Davy would recognize today's tea partiers as his spiritual descendants. I walked among them on the Capitol Square on tax day, April 15. Conservatives. Thousands of 'em, right in the heart of Madison! Pinch me! >More
 Unlock the Madison east rail corridor

Mired in a rough patch of downtown redevelopment, City Hall has had a hard time managing these crises. In recent years, major development proposals -- Union Corners, Avenue 800, the Fiore library plan -- have collapsed after exhaustive negotiations. >More
 What's our fair share, really?

If you have at least one eyeball and a television, you've no doubt seen the advertisements urging U.S. citizens to fill out and send in their Census forms. In the most recent ad, a fat, mustachioed, bathrobe-wearing Everyman named "Frank" prances around town extolling the virtues of Census compliance. >More
 Crashing the Tea Party

Why did Tommy Thompson bother to attend last week's Tea Party rally at the state Capitol? There he was, making a show of red-faced outrage, calling out Obama and Russ Feingold and telling the Tea Partiers, "I want to be part of your movement," only to wind down with an embarrassed apology that his wife and children won't let him run for the Senate. >More
 Thoreau wouldn't be a-tweeting

I've just finished reading Walden again, for I believe the fourth time. It's been more than a decade since my last visit, and I'm stunned by the widening vastness of the gulf between Thoreau's message of simplicity and our evolving world. >More
 Competence and the Madison Central Library

Last week, former Isthmus editor Marc Eisen took me to task -- along with other city officials and virtually the entire Madison business community -- for just about every building that didn't get built going back a couple of decades. >More
 Mayor Dave is leading the wrong way on the library and the Edgewater

I'll say this for him: Mayor Dave Cieslewicz took the 11th-hour collapse of the Fiore Co.'s library plan in stride. Without missing a beat, he announced that the city will move quickly to Plan B -- renovating the existing library at its Mifflin Street site. But as unflappable as the mayor is, he can't really hide the disarray at City Hall. Too many big and potentially signature deals have collapsed at the city's feet during his stewardship, notably Union Corners and Avenue 800, both on East Washington Avenue. >More
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