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Wisconsin juvenile justice bill deserves support

Wisconsin needs to finally awaken to the folly of tossing 17-year-olds into the adult corrections system. And one significant step toward this goal is a bill just introduced by Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee). >More
 Close encounters with Kathleen Falk and Nancy Mistele

When I was on the Dane County Board from 1992 to 1998, I had the opportunity to work with both candidates for Dane County executive. I think my experience gives me some insight into their character. >More
 A different kind of Christmas

hristmas feels different this year. I'm not exactly sure why, maybe fewer lights, less spending. But it's more than that. There's an unease in the air, but also a sense of hope. I can't wait for Barack Obama to be sworn in as president. I'm ready, as are many others, to see the end of the George W. Bush era. But that's only a part of it. >More
 Feeling good about Barack

When I heard the announcement that "Sen. Barack Obama is now President-Elect Obama," the flood dams broke, letting loose a torrent of tears. A new era was born. >More
 Guess who's hurting most?

Wall Street is committing suicide with our tax dollars. Housing foreclosures are at their highest levels since the Great Depression, gas prices are higher than ever before, and the federal government is in panic mode. >More
 Dane County Judge Richard Niess wrongly let stand an overreaching ban on equitable treatment

It was a David vs. Goliath moment. A UW-Oshkosh political science instructor, who happens to have a gay daughter, took on the state of Wisconsin over its 2006 amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions. Goliath won. >More
 The time for school change is now

Now that Madison School Supt. Art Rainwater is on his way to retirement, it's time to reexamine programs, staffing and curricula throughout the district. >More
 Success in Fitchburg

t's amazing how a few kicks in the behind can be a catalyst for change. That sure was the case with the troubled Ridgewood Country Club Apartments in Fitchburg. >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
 Not black enough?

The nasty talk of black columnists and community leaders about the state of Sen. Barack Obama's blackness isn't slowing him down one bit. >More
 Dealing with prostate cancer

Now I know how a woman feels when she goes through menopause. Hot flashes. Mood changes. Achiness. Fatigue. Loss of appetite. And wondering when it all will go away. >More
 The silence of black clergy

Opponents of the Nov. 7 referendum include libertarian-minded conservatives, dyed-in-the-wool Republicans, evangelical Protestant churches, synagogues, labor unions, local chambers of commerce, business leaders, the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors and influential African American officials. Conspicuously absent are African American churches and their clergy. >More
 The high cost of 'free' public education

Excitement abounds during these "Back to School" days. Kids and parents crowd into stores, buying supplies and clothes for the new school year. Less thrilled are the students who know they will show up at the first day of school lacking those supplies, lacking those new clothes, and lacking the money to pay the ever-increasing list of school fees. >More
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