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OPINION

The Wisconsin State Journal's editorial page con job

In a column last Sunday introducing the redesigned section, State Journal editorial page editor Scott Milfred vowed to feature the syndicated columns of self-described "independent, libertarian" Chicago Tribune columnist Chapman. (Warning: Anyone claiming to be independent and libertarian is a Republican.) >More
 I'm not on your side

An Isthmus colleague who sits within earshot has often heard me doing triage with callers on the phone, weighing whether and when it makes sense to write about a given situation. He suggests this might make a good column topic. Maybe he's right. >More
 Criticize me, please

Vikki Kratz once wrote that, "(Madison) has never experienced such a surge in national popularity -- and it clearly has Dave Cieslewicz to thank." That line appeared in a longer column all of which took a similar tone. I thought it was so great that I had it framed, and it sits in a place of prominence in my office. >More
 How to fix Overture

While the latest proposal to retire the debt of the Overture Center for the Performing Arts was dismissed by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and the city's Board of Estimates, the discussion does not end there. >More
 Madison-Rafah Sister City Project report from Gaza: After the ceasefire

After being out of communication for several days, Prof. Said Abdelwahad was finally heard from on Sunday, January 18. Following the most intense night of bombing since the assault began, he and his family fled their apartment for a safer location, where he was unable to communicate via the Internet. >More
 Madison-Rafah Sister City Project report from Gaza: Death is everywhere

Professor Said Abdelwahad is a middle-aged English Professor at Al Azhar University in Gaza City. Or he was, until Israel began its bloody offensive against Gaza. Al Azhar now stands empty and heavily damaged. Its students and teachers have scattered to their homes and other places of refuge, seeking to hide from the terror of the finest U.S. weapons that our taxes can buy. >More
 Our cops need reform -- again

It's been more than 40 years since President Johnson created the last federal commission to look into our justice system and recommend improvements. At the time, I was a beat cop in Minneapolis, following a stint in the Marines. >More
 Who knew the U.S. Senate could be such a source of comic relief?

Just when the news of war, economic collapse, mass layoffs, another record-breaking winter and the post-holiday blahs were conspiring to bring us down, what should come to the rescue? Our much-derided neighbor to the south, the great state of Illinois! >More
 Brittany Zimmermann 911 call: I don't want to hear it

While sitting in his Dane County courtroom last week, I didn't hear Judge Richard Niess give a single good reason in support of his decision to let local authorities continue to withhold the recording of murder victim Brittany Zimmermann's mishandled 911 call. >More
 What a year it was!

This was a good year to be on the right. I'm happy, and not just because it annoys the liberals. A terrorist fist bump of congratulations goes to "that Tiger Woods guy," as Will Ferrell (in character as George W.) called Barack Obama. His campaign's mobilization of ordinary people in Madison was massive and impressive. Even so, our town moved one silly centimeter to the right in 2008. >More
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