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Tell All: Does John Roach hate Madison?

I live in the Regent neighborhood, and I'm skeptical of Chris Berge's proposal to build a cafe on the southwest bike path. I worry about a commercial use for a peaceful natural area that's precious to the neighborhood. I understand that others feel differently, and that's fine. What I don't understand is a response like columnist John Roach's in the current Madison Magazine. >More
 Tell All: Don't touch!

Dear Tell All: I recently visited Olbrich Gardens, and in the Bolz Conservatory a young man and woman walked around enjoying the sights and touching everything - the plants, I mean. They obviously didn't read the sign (or heed its advice if they did read it) that says not to touch the plants. People don't seem to understand what damage they can do to things by constantly touching them. >More
 Tell All: Novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard airs grievances in her blog

Dear Tell All: A friend sent me a link to a blog post on local author Jacquelyn Mitchard's official website. The post is called "A Tale of Three Friendships," and she uses it to attack some of her former friends. I was surprised to see a nationally respected author (known for her best-selling Deep End of the Ocean) do such a thing in such a public forum. Saying unflattering things about your friends in private -- we've all done that at one time or another. But in this post, Mitchard airs these people's dirty laundry for all the world to see, including strangers like me. >More
 Tell All: Kiss the feminist goodbye

Dear Tell All: Recently I found a small pair of plastic women's breasts in my drawer at home. There was a hole in them and I fashioned a necklace so I could hang them around my neck. My significant other - a staunch and vocal feminist - seems to find this act offensive and demeaning to women. I see it as a really cool, humorous art form. I think we need help. She is hinting an end to our relationship if I continue to wear my necklace. >More
 Tell All: Hands off my cigarettes

Dear Tell All: I'm upset about the statewide smoking ban that's set to take effect on July 5. To me, this is another example of government overreach, impinging on the freedom of small business owners. If restaurants and bars want to allow smoking, why should the state of Wisconsin be able to tell them they can't? >More
 Tell All: Should I take a trip that involves packing my own poop?

Dear Tell All: A guy I met through Hoofers asked me if I wanted to join him on a trip to climb California's Mount Whitney this summer. I love backpacking, so I'm really excited about the invitation. Plus, I'm looking forward to spending more time with this guy. But I found out recently that you have to pack out your own poop. Apparently, so many people visit Mount Whitney each year that the park service has started handing out special bathroom bags. After you use them, you have to carry them with you until you leave the park. >More
 Tell All: 'We're all going to die'

Most readers were horrified by Supergrrrl, who wrote in to defend her right to text behind the wheel ("I Like Texting While Driving," 5/21/10). She deplored the new state law that bans this pastime, arguing that young people are used to multitasking so, like, what's the big deal? Her ultimate argument: "I've never had a problem." >More
 Tell All: Oh, the pain

Dear Tell All: I think I might have hemorrhoids. Whenever I go to the bathroom, I get this excruciating pain, almost as if something is tearing inside. It's been happening for months now, but just when I think I can't stand it anymore, it suddenly gets better. Then a few weeks later it's back with a vengeance. I've tried all the over-the-counter treatments, and nothing seems to work. I've even tried some of the natural remedies you read about on the web, like soaking in the bathtub, but that didn't help either. >More
 Tell All: A naked biking first date

Dear Tell All: I'm a 25-year-old man who prides himself on having a good body. As secure as I am about the way I look, however, I'm really insecure around women. When I'm interested in someone, I always seem to say the wrong thing - if I can think of anything to say at all. As a result, I've had surprisingly little experience with sex or romance. >More
 Tell All: Downward trend

Dear Tell All: I started dating this guy a few months ago that I really like. He's fun, nice and makes me laugh all the time. There's just this one, tiny problem: When he gets an erection, it points down. I don't mean just a little, or even horizontally. It pretty much hangs straight down. Everything still works, a less enthusiastic angle. Is this normal? >More
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