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OPINION

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
 The case for smoke-filled rooms

Many of my fellow Democrats are way too uptight about the presidential nomination possibly being decided in a smoke-filled room in Denver this August. Except for the smoke, which is bad for everybody's health, that would be the best thing that could happen to the party and its candidate. >More
 Gableman -- unfit for any office

My old friend Charlie Sykes has a good line about the difference between liberals and conservatives. "Conservatives," he says, "think liberals are wrong. Liberals," he adds, "think conservatives are evil." It's a point well taken. The left does tend to demonize the right. That this is a vice-versa proposition makes it no less unsavory. >More
 I should have bought a house two years ago!!!

The words sting every time I hear them, and I've heard them often: "If you rent your home, you're just throwing money away." I've rented all my adult years, you see. That's partly because I was student for about half of those years. Also, I may not have starved during my time as a starving artist, after college and graduate school, but I sure wasn't investing in real estate. >More
 Hypocrisy on parade

By any measure, 2008 seems destined to yield a bumper crop of political hypocrisy. Democratic lawmakers in Madison have joined with the anti-smoking Gestapo to push for a statewide smoking ban, warning that failure to get on board will turn Wisconsin into the "ashtray of the Midwest." >More
 Life lessons from Uncle Jack and Eliot Spitzer

My dad's Uncle Jack was a gambler from Chicago. No big thing in those days. My dad's father was a certifiable Chicago gangster in the 1920s and '30s. He and his brother Jack were in the family business you might say. My first vivid impression of Uncle Jack came at a family gathering at my parents' home in rural Kenosha County. I was 12 or 13. The men were standing on the porch drinking VO and Canadian Club and discussing sex. Believe me, I was all ears. >More
 From dreams to nightmares

"Yes She Will" beat "Yes We Can" on Tuesday, and the Democratic primary just got a whole lot longer. Perhaps a whole lot uglier. >More
 A George Vukelich interview with Ricardo Gonzalez from 1983

Isthmus has interviewed Ricardo Gonzalez any number of times over the decades on the subject of Cuban-American relations. George Vukelich, who wrote the paper's "Listening In" column, recounted Gonzalez's life story for his May 6, 1983, column. >More
 America and Cuba together

I remember the excitement I felt in 1975 when Madison Mayor Paul Soglin returned from his visit to Cuba, the first by an elected American official since the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961. >More
 McCain seals the deal

Kudos to Sen. John Sydney McCain III for winning the Wisconsin primary and wrapping up the nomination of the RINO (Republican in Name Only) Party! >More
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