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Jeff Burkhart: To reduce disparities, we must tackle low literacy

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:30
One in seven adults in Dane County struggles with low literacy. To get ahead, they need to improve their literacy skills.

The Atlantic mourns 'the fall of the zen butcher' at Black Earth Meats

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:15
A story in the monthly magazine about Black Earth Meats pondered the wider significance behind the butcher's closing this summer.

Fritz Kroncke: Fanlund makes interesting points about party affiliation

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 09:45
Dear Editor: I very much enjoyed reading the piece that editor Paul Fanlund wrote comparing Gov. Scott Walker's race to changes taking place in Kansas also. He points out a very significant ne…

Report: Frac sand industry impacting lives of thousands who live near mines

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 09:25
The report, released Thursday, finds the industry is booming with little to no government oversight given to health, environmental concerns of citizens.

State Debate: It's Judge Rudolph Randa who needs investigating, Milwaukee blogger insists

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 09:00
A daily roundup of interesting newspaper editorials and blog posts from around Madison and Wisconsin.

University of Wisconsin monkey research sparks opposition

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 09:00
UW System leader says concerns taken ‘very seriously,’ campus research official ‘disappointed’ in wording of petition signed by 290,000.

Madison police among best in nation for inclusion of women, but chief eyes improvement

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:30
The department is 29.6 percent female. Recent national comparisons put Madison in the top 10 for percentage of women.

Morning briefing: Walker promise of drug tests for jobless could be hard to deliver

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:05
Stories that are making the news today in Madison and around the state and country. 

Plain Talk: Why do citizens vote against their own best interests?

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 06:45
Voters like Obamacare and want redistricting, but many will vote Republican anyway. How come?

Amy Goodman: Global warming and global warring

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 06:15
It seems the U.S. can always find money to fight wars. We must find the money to fight warming too.

John Hamilton: Hoping noise ordinance review turns down decibels

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:00
Dear Editor: Madison, a supposedly "progressive" town, has often seemed pretty backward to me. One glaring way is in how seemingly intelligent people willingly damage their hearing at public e…

Kenneth Dewey: Candidates must support Keystone pipeline

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:00
Dear Editor: This November, Wisconsin voters should make it clear to those running for Congress that we expect our representatives in Washington to work toward approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

Paul and Monica Shelmandine: Postal Service revenues are rising; deficit is illusion

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:00
Dear Editor: Despite misleading reports about supposed fiscal woes, the Postal Service’s deficit is illusory. Over 80 percent of the deficit is a result of a phantom accounting system that imp…

In Case You Missed It: That was Zen, this is now

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 16:45
Our daily afternoon roundup of the best stuff on and beyond.

NRA unveils ad in support of Scott Walker; plans to run in Green Bay, Wausau, La Crosse

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 16:30
"Vote like your safety depends on it," reads a female voice-over in a 30-second spot that portrays an intruder kicking down the front door of a house.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Pope Francis sends a message to America

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 16:30
Pope Francis is sending a message with his selection of Bishop Blase Cupich to be the new archbishop of Chicago.

Zendesk staffer: 'It's nice to have options other than Epic'

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:00
San Francisco tech firm makes a big splash with its new offices in downtown Madison 

John Morgan: We're lucky to have excellent police chiefs, sheriff

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:00
Dear Editor: I recently went to hear Police Chief Mike Koval and later, Sheriff Dave Mahoney, in a talk they each gave to Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. at the downtown library. Madison is lucky …

Lakeside Coffeehouse 'won't be able to sustain business' without amp'd music, owners say

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:20
The Bay Creek coffeehouse, wine and beer bar expanded into its front room to provide more opportunities for music, which the ALRC recently denied.

Hilary Beard: Don't rush to judge parents who use a switch

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:30
There's a gray line between punishment and abuse.