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Meadowood should mellow out

I live in the Meadowood neighborhood on Madison's southwest side, on a street lined with well-kept ranch houses. They're mostly owned by retired empty nesters or young families. In the early evenings, it's not uncommon to come across couples pushing strollers, chatting with silver-haired couples walking their dogs. >More
 Beilke: Madison Peace Park facelift is 'scum park' redux

The very first article I wrote for Isthmus was about the city's plans to get rid of Link Park and turn it into a mini mall and parking garage. That was almost 20 years ago, in the summer of 1990. >More
 Basford's Spin City: Getting the popcorn ready for the Sotomayor confirmation

When the history of the Obama Administration is written, there will undoubtedly be many great policies and decisions that will be recorded and referenced as long as American history is studied. However, he's going to have to really step up his game in order to surpass the sheer brilliance of his decision to nominate Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court earlier this week. >More
 Wisconsin's woes are part of grand scheme of fiscal irresponsibility

Madison has often been called the "Berkeley of the Midwest." But these days, our state capital has more in common with Sacramento. California politicians in Sacramento have run up a $21.3 billion hole in their state's budget, while their counterparts in Madison have managed to dig a $6.6 billion grave for Wisconsin. >More
 Beilke: State budget cuts don't measure up

The small handful of commentators who still track state government mostly praised the governor and the Joint Finance Committee for making these "tough choices." I disagree. >More
 Basford's Spin City: It's going to be a long, awesome summer

It's a great time of anticipation as most of America gets ready for the start of the summer season. Most of us are spending this weekend grilling and chilling, working in our yards and keeping in our thoughts those who sacrificed for our country and the reason for the upcoming holiday. >More
 City of Madison should not pay for new hotel at Monona Terrace

The office of Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is negotiating with Marcus Corporation on a financial package to develop a new hotel in downtown Madison. Marcus Corporation received almost $13 million in city funding to build the Hilton hotel attached to the Monona Terrace convention center; now it's asking for much more financial support to build a new hotel. No other hotel project has ever received financial support from the city. >More
 Beilke: Why newspapers don't deserve to die

Joining a cause on Facebook is a matter of clicking "yes" and hitting send, but as soon as I joined Don't Let Newspapers Die another friend sent me a message asking me why on earth I would do such an idiotic thing. He is a friend who knows me well enough to know how often I complain about my newspapers' contents. >More
 Basford's Spin City: Something wicked this way comes

Wherever Bud Selig goes, skies darken and rain falls. Crabgrass grows in the fields. Apple pies and Crackerjacks sour and babies wail. Bats go dead and pitchers blow out rotator cuffs. Peanuts get too salty and beer becomes too prohibitively expensive to quench the thirst. >More
 The undoing of John Edwards

Okay, I admit to a certain awful fascination with John Edwards' affair. Ever since the mainstream media picked up the National Enquirer's lead and we learned of his dalliance and possible paternity problem with Reille Hunter, I've been waiting to hear what Elizabeth would say. >More
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