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Desperately seeking H1N1 vaccination

If nothing else, public health authorities have hit on the perfect formula to motivate Americans to get their flu shots: Declare a public health emergency, urge everyone to get vaccinated...and then fail to provide enough vaccine. Just as demand spikes, there are no vaccinations to be had. >More
 Barack Obama is right to keep kids in class longer

A few weeks ago, President Obama floated the idea of adding time to the school day or extending the school year. I was delighted. So were most of the teachers I know. In my district, teachers and administrators work hard to provide students with the best education possible. But there's simply not enough time in the day to get to everything they'll need to succeed in a global economy. >More
 Obama terrible choice for Nobel Peace Prize

I heard it on the radio coming into work this morning: Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. It was on the Stephanie Miller show, so I assumed it was a joke. I wish it had been. >More
 Althouse commenters: Gays are perverted fudge packers

Hat tip to Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan, who quotes vile anti-gay comments on the blog of Ann Althouse, the Robert W. & Irma M. Arthur-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. >More
 Say no to new UW-Madison germ lab

In April 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) wrote to the UW-Madison, saying it was "extremely concerned" that experiments occurring here had "serious potential consequences to public health." Documents recently released to me in response to an open records request show that a graduate student aided by others genetically modified undisclosed "select agents" to be resistant to antibiotics. They did it without NIH approval, which is required. >More
 Keep court records system open

Neutering WCCA (commonly and incorrectly called CCAP) would be a boon for private providers who charge for access to more complete databases, where existing controls about accuracy cannot be enforced. >More
 A tale of blind justice

Just past 2 a.m. on July 26, after a night of drinking at Pitcher's Pub in the town of Madison, John "Roth" (by all accounts a decent guy, hence my use of a pseudonym to spare embarrassment) was robbed by two men he'd met at the bar. >More
 Edgewater Hotel subsidy not worth it

So many things have gone wrong in downtown Madison it's understandable Mayor Dave Cieslewicz wants to make a big, bold statement by supporting the $109 million Edgewater Hotel renovation and expansion, including a public plaza overlooking Lake Mendota. >More
 Do or die time for health care

God bless Ed Garvey. His annual progressive rally, Fighting Bob Fest, drew great speakers and thousands of attendees to demand health care reform and denounce the power of industry lobbyists. Grassroots events like this huge open-air town hall meeting, held last weekend in Baraboo, are competing with what one speaker called the "cash roots," the industry-funded message that's been dominating the health care reform debate. >More
 Wisconsin needs to rein in payday loan outfits

When I heard that state Rep. Gordon Hintz, a Democrat from Oshkosh, was introducing a bill to cap the interest on payday loans at 36%, I was excited. Finally, I thought, someone is doing something about this unchecked industry. >More
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