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OPINION

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
 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
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