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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 62.0° F  A Few Clouds
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Slaves for big money at Menards

My dear wife and I love Menards. We go there all the time. One of our favorite things is the usually twice-annual promotion offering a discount -- say 14%, or 17% -- on however much you can fit into a paper shopping bag. We stock up on light bulbs, batteries, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, sandpaper, shellac, screws and nails, chain saw supplies and, of course, peanuts. >More
 Learning from Milwaukee

The much-reviled Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) could be a surprising role model for the Madison school district as it begins formulating a plan to refashion its high schools for the demands of the 21st century. >More
 The presidential pageant

The presidential debate format shows how weird our political culture is, as the Republican candidates try to sound like Ronald Reagan. They might as well put on white suits and take a shot at impersonating Elvis for all the good it does them. >More
 End the Vang Pao debacle

But the board's steely refusal to reconsider the naming decision finally began to bend Monday with news that Vang Pao and other leaders of Neo Hom back-to-Laos movement had been arrested on terrorism charges related to an alleged plot to violently overthrow the communist government of Laos. >More
 Alfred McCoy responds to The Capital Times

On Tuesday, June, 4, 2007, The Capital Times ran a front-page story entitled "Man Of His People." The story recounted how many Hmong people idolize General Vang Pao for his work on their behalf. The story included considerable criticism of UW-Madison historian Albert McCoy, but no rebuttal by McCoy to the accusations. >More
 How to think like a conservative

This from a guy whose big scoop that day was a post about "butt facials," the latest spa craze. Also a guy whose idea of an oppressed minority is oil company execs raking in record profits, and who has compared the faith some people have in the science of global warming to believing that the earth is flat. >More
 'Let them have yachts'

We have seen the future of politics, and it looks like Brangelina - well-heeled and out of touch with the realities of day-to-day life in fly-over country. In case you haven't noticed, American politics is increasingly a rich man's (and woman's) game. But "rich" doesn't quite capture it. >More
 Like Paul Wolfowitz, I'm a boyfriend

Yes, that troubling, caricaturing word: boyfriend. How demeaning for the president of the World Bank to be reduced to the status of mere boyfriend! >More
 Already missed: LaMarr Billups

Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Especially if that small group includes LaMarr Billups. >More
 The unfriendly skies

Counting on a United Express flight to take off from Madison on time is wishful thinking. But it was the check-in clerk's response that offered the added flourish, the blustery, self-satisfied note of sadism, which makes the airline so inimitable. >More
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