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The Daily


A missed opportunity for 4K

A new report on kindergarten readiness from the United Way of Dane County is a major disappointment. The report, the product of a task force chaired by Madison School Supt. Art Rainwater and attorney Ave Bie, certainly means well and provides modestly helpful suggestions for launching 5-year-olds into schooling. >More
 Our unhealthy care system

In mid-August, I had a mishap with a chainsaw. I fell while cutting a branch and the saw nicked the side of my head, slicing my right ear nearly in half. I ended up in the emergency room. >More
 Wisconsin would do it better

Remember that brief, shining moment in 2004 after the Wisconsin primary was moved up and we were suddenly relevant to national political campaigns? Howard Dean's campaign had already collapsed, but you could still vote for John Edwards if you wanted to make things interesting, before the Kerry "inevitability" machine took over. >More
 Madison, oh Madison

The city of Madison was not so named because its future inhabitants were expected to reflect the life, career and spirit of James Madison, primary author of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and fourth president of the United States. >More
 Madison's military problem

Monday, Nov. 5, wasn't a good day for the U.S. military in Madison. Over at the Doyle administration building, anti-war activists were lobbying the Madison school board to remove Army recruitment signs from high school sports stadiums. Critics say the ads mislead impressionable young people and support unconscionable war-making. I have a problem with that. >More
 Finding ways to fail

Memo to my Democratic friends: Are you really going to do this? Seriously?I ask because there is no way you can lose next year's elections, unless you try awfully hard -- which you seem to be doing. >More
 Are more cops really needed?

I almost didn't go to the meeting. It was touted as a discussion about neighborhood crime -- something I haven't encountered in my three years on Madison's north side. I've seen several instances where people called police on their neighbors for things they probably should have talked about, like roaming cats or a car parked in the wrong place. But crime? Nope. Never. >More
 Across a great divide

Doyle got slightly improved health-care access, while a Democratic plan to greatly expand coverage while lowering businesses' costs died on the vine. The guv also tossed in the towel on taxing Republicans' favorite businesses, oil companies. The GOP even managed to beat back a tax hike on hospitals that was backed by the Wisconsin Hospital Association because it would boost federal funding. >More
 My favorite online destinations

As a regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio, I often feel compelled to provide a contrary view. In that spirit, I'd like to offer my opinion that the Internets -- to quote our president -- are vastly overrated. I seldom go online for quality writing, preferring books, magazines and newspapers I can hold in my hands. When I do find something on a website I'd like to read, I usually print it out. Archaic and backward, I know. >More
 Republican death wish

You have to hand it to the Republicans. They really know how to think outside the box. After enduring a sharp rebuke at the polls in the last election, party leaders came up with the perfect response to disaffected voters: Let's withhold funding for needed services! >More
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