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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
 That's entertainment

Back when Bill Clinton was president and I was working for The Progressive magazine in Washington, D.C., I was summoned to a meeting with Roger Ailes at Fox News' headquarters in New York. Fox was brand new then, and its creators were willing to try anything, even putting actual left-wingers on television. >More
 $4 gas in Madison!?!?

Pump prices in Madison have climbed to about $3.17 per gallon for regular unleaded. A number of reputable forecasts are predicting pump prices will flirt with $4/gallon across the U.S. by spring. And the recent surpassing of the $100/barrel threshold has led to a yet another round of hand-wringing over how these trends might affect the reeling U.S. economy. Forget the U.S. economy for a moment. I can't help wondering about the local outcomes of $4 gas in terms of Madison-area arts, recreation, food, housing, retail and other aspects of life here in Dane County. >More
 In defense of Annette Ziegler

To hear some folks tell it, Annette Ziegler has thrown the entire Wisconsin judicial system -- and its proud legacy of integrity -- into crisis. >More
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