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The Daily

OPINION

Beilke: Steve Chapman columns fail to enhance Wisconsin State Journal

Anyone who read Steve Chapman's column in Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal opinion section has a new understanding of the term "willful ignorance." Still, the Chicago Tribune syndicated columnist Chapman -- whose offerings the State Journal uses every Sunday even though its space is increasingly scarce and much better fare is readily available -- outdid himself in "Empty symbolism on hate crimes." >More
 Crimes of omission

I support an expansion of expungement -- the wiping clean of criminal convictions for people who serve their sentences and meet conditions set by a judge. But the expungement provision that Gov. Jim Doyle and key Democrats sneaked into the state budget bill stinks to high heaven. >More
 Beilke: Fond feelings for Madison, from ped-hostile Mobile, Ala.

I'm not suggesting that cities should be designed and governed for marathon runners' comfort and convenience. But when it is hard to walk from place to place, that is often a sign that developers and advertisers have undue sway over the decision making process. Also: Beer tax, curious accolades and newspapers. >More
 Torture really ticks me off

The so-called Y Generation, to which I belong, is often accused of being too cynical and uncaring. And while I'd agree we are a fairly sarcastic bunch, I think it's for the exact opposite reason: We do care. We care so much that often the only way to deal with the horrifying absurdities in the world we've inherited is through humor, dark though it may be. >More
 Basford's Spin City: How relevant is the Madison Common Council?

As Wisconsin's state government continues it's misbegotten war on affordable housing, Madison's City Attorney goes Judicial Branch on the Common Council. Are they going to just sit there and take it? >More
 Beilke: So Mayor Dave is pro-business. Who isn't?

I attended UW-Madison back when there were actually still a few Marxists around, but I have yet to meet anyone who is not "pro-business." Everyone understands that businesses employ people and that jobs are important. >More
 Basford's Spin City: Grand Old Retreads

You remember Mark Neumann, don't you? He was the man who took the serious enterprise of running for the United States Senate and reduced it to millions of dollars of on-air shrieking about cow farts and Russian monkeys in space. >More
 Standing up to Bishop Morlino

Bishop Morlino's tenure in Madison has been marked by confrontation, not cooperation. His relationship with the priests and faithful has not been one of "servant to the servants of God" but one of dictator. >More
 Madison's Dean Health uses coach-speak in layoffs

I started to understand the concept of pre-emptive dishonesty during Mike Holmgren's tenure as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. >More
 Midge Miller, insider and agitator, dies at 86

Former State Rep. Midge Miller defied the political status quo and defined what it meant to be a "West Side Liberal." Her death Friday morning at age 86 ended a life noteworthy for its accomplishments and remarkable for its generosity of spirit. >More
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