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A 'gag rule' at city parks

Kathy Esposito says the first thing Marla Eddy told her at a presentation on forestry in mid-December was, "I can't talk to you." Eddy, Madison's city forester, conveyed in an email that Esposito must first "touch base with our PIO" -- public information officer. >More
 Madison's abolition movement

There's good reason to applaud the awareness campaign known as SlaveFree Madison, which is staging a presentation on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Sequoya Branch Library, 7-8 p.m. Human trafficking is an ongoing problem, encompassing migrant farm workers, restaurant workers and sex-industry workers -- victims of economic and physical coercion. >More
 A moving tribute

Few people in Madison are as regular as Peter Leidy when it comes to churning out creative ideas. But the Madison-based political songsmith outdid himself with his latest discharge, a two-minute video called "The Bowel Song," deposited last week on YouTube. A sample verse, delivered amid footage of Leidy reaching for the Fiber One: >More
 Recycle this!

Madison resident John Schallen admits he was once "kind of against" mandatory recycling. But now he's become something of an evangelist, pressing businesses and others to make use of recycled products, and to proclaim this prominently. >More
 'Objection! Assuming facts not in evidence'

An item on page 2 of Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal bills an upcoming forum on merit selection as a discussion on "whether Wisconsin should deprive its citizens [of] the opportunity to elect their state Supreme Court justices." >More
 Artist fined, fighting back

Dan Hefty isn't sure what else he can do. The Madison artist received notice from the city of Madison last October that he was running an "illegal home occupation" that he needed to "cease." >More
 The year in weapons screening

Travis Myren, Dane County's director of administration, makes a good point about weapons screening at the Dane County courthouse: "There's no way we can measure what sort of deterrent effect the screeners have." >More
 Hikes for most public costs in Madison exceed rate of inflation

It's the end of the decade, a perfect time to take stock of how the cost of living, vis-à-vis public institutions, has changed. So Watchdog has tabulated the costs of more than 20 basic services, most provided or regulated by government. >More
 Mayor Dave running for third term?

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, whose second four-year stint as mayor will end in April 2011, says he'll "probably" seek a third term: "I guess I'd surprise myself if I didn't." >More
 Death be not ashamed

One of the lessons of Jesus Christ, immortalized in the film Dead Man Walking, is that "every human being is worth more than the worst thing they've ever done." That's worth remembering in assessing the obituary that ran last week for Tyrone Michael Adair. >More
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