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Life lessons from Uncle Jack and Eliot Spitzer

My dad's Uncle Jack was a gambler from Chicago. No big thing in those days. My dad's father was a certifiable Chicago gangster in the 1920s and '30s. He and his brother Jack were in the family business you might say. My first vivid impression of Uncle Jack came at a family gathering at my parents' home in rural Kenosha County. I was 12 or 13. The men were standing on the porch drinking VO and Canadian Club and discussing sex. Believe me, I was all ears. >More
 From dreams to nightmares

"Yes She Will" beat "Yes We Can" on Tuesday, and the Democratic primary just got a whole lot longer. Perhaps a whole lot uglier. >More
 A George Vukelich interview with Ricardo Gonzalez from 1983

Isthmus has interviewed Ricardo Gonzalez any number of times over the decades on the subject of Cuban-American relations. George Vukelich, who wrote the paper's "Listening In" column, recounted Gonzalez's life story for his May 6, 1983, column. >More
 America and Cuba together

I remember the excitement I felt in 1975 when Madison Mayor Paul Soglin returned from his visit to Cuba, the first by an elected American official since the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961. >More
 McCain seals the deal

Kudos to Sen. John Sydney McCain III for winning the Wisconsin primary and wrapping up the nomination of the RINO (Republican in Name Only) Party! >More
 Wisconsin sides with Obama

Barack Obama scored a decisive win over Hillary Clinton in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday (by a margin of more than two-to-one in Dane County). As the returns poured in, Obama gave another uplifting speech in Houston. It was much like the speech that rocked a packed Kohl Center last week - an appeal straight to the heart. >More
 A tear for The Capital Times

A longtime reader of The Capital Times called me to say that the news made him cry. When I mentioned this to Dave Zweifel, the paper's longtime editor, now emeritus, he confided, "I cried." >More
 City hall fumbles, loses ally

Now here's a good idea: Build rent-to-own affordable housing in struggling neighborhoods. The promise of ownership attracts longer-term residents who bolster neighborhood stability, while the lease protects them from the financial ruin homeowners face when they fall behind on their mortgage. >More
 Make it about merit

Let me be the first to admit it: I was wrong. In my end-of-the-year Cheap Shots, I chided the Wisconsin State Journal for its lame 2007 crusade -- daily railing on state Sen. Fred Risser until he fulfilled a promise he never tried to break. "Will the State Journal get gutsier in 2008?" I asked. "Don't hold your breath." >More
 Come hell or bottled water

Is Madison suffering from a smugness deficit? Does banning smoking no longer inflate its sense of moral superiority? Has railing against phosphorus lost its panache? Is it no longer enough to sport bumper stickers that proclaim, "My Other Car Is a Tibetan Yak?" >More
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