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Gov. Scott Walker delivers lies and evasions in 2012 State of the State address

Dear Scott Walker, I wasn't expecting much from your State of the State address, and you didn't disappoint. I expected the same old lies, and you delivered. Our schools are broken, never mind that we were at the top of the pack in more categories than we can count before you took office. Our teachers are inept, undeserving moochers who need to be penalized instead of protected -- but hey, you couldn't respect them more! >More
 A response to Gov. Scott Walker: Thanks but no thanks for the 'savings'

Dear Scott Walker, thanks for the E-update and the confirmation that you do acknowledge I exist! While I know your note went out to everyone who "contacted Governor Walker's office directly at some point during 2011," I accept it as the long-awaited recognition that you do, indeed, have my email address. It's a start! >More
 Oak tree must go for the good of the UW Memorial Union

The Memorial Union Reinvestment project is dedicated to preserving the past and imagining the next 100 years of this beloved building. Memorial Union is in dire need of more programming space for students and Union members, among other renovations and improvements. More program space would provide a greater opportunity for outdoor recreation, increased and enhanced Hoofers space, new and improved theater spaces, and overall more space for students to expand on their education outside the classroom. >More
 Historic oak tree likely doomed in UW Memorial Union reconstruction

Two months ago, the Wisconsin Union announced that one of the five 100-plus-year-old oak trees at the Terrace has evidence of decay. But fortunately, it is the one next to the Wisconsin Union Theater -- the same tree that for over a year architects have planned to remove as part of the Memorial Union Reinvestment plan. You and I would never notice that the oak tree in question is not a grand specimen of arboreal health. >More
 It's time to approve Edgewater funding and move on

One of the key qualities of leadership is decision-making. Bold decisions are what take companies from good to great, and the same is true of governments. Inaction and indecision lead to quagmires of uncertainty and, eventually, failure. That's why I am disappointed and frustrated by Mayor Paul Soglin's attempt to revisit the Common Council's decision, 18 long months ago, to approve the Edgewater Hotel redevelopment. >More
 Is the Edgewater a 'cool' trolley for Cieslewicz?

Shortly after he was elected mayor, Dave Cieslewicz incorporated into his stump speech ways in which Madison could look "cool." The basic assumption is that productive young people have been going to the coasts or big cities that they feel are "cool." >More
 UW-Madison should treat all applicants the same way

In September, the Center for Equal Opportunity's reports documenting "severe discrimination" favoring blacks and Hispanics in UW-Madison undergraduate and law school admissions came as no surprise. This discrimination has been well known to a few of us and long suspected by many students and the general public. >More
 In Wisconsin and around the country, Occupy movement is in it for the long haul

About three weeks ago, I went on a trip to the East Coast and visited the camps at Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Boston. While I was gone, Occupy Madison launched at Reynolds Park, and moved shortly thereafter to the State Street corner of the Capitol Square, with general assemblies held every evening to discuss the business of the demonstration. Now its participants are moving again, and have landed in the old Don Miller lot on East Washington as a hopefully permanent "home" in their quest to maintain a visible presence downtown. >More
 What do you have against the First Amendment? An open letter to the Wisconsin Assembly

If you are a Wisconsin legislator who has the courage to actually look at the faces of people who are in pain, and are not afraid to see the suffering and frustration that this economic nightmare has brought to our country and to our state, then you may have noticed me in the Assembly gallery on Thursday, October 20. >More
 Madison is paving itself into oblivion

Over the last 11 years, the city of Madison has increased pavement spending at 11 times the rate of population growth plus inflation. So why have both reconstructions and highway expansions increased at far above the inflation and population growth rate? That depends on whom you ask. >More
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