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There have been two consistent addresses during my life – my parents’ home and my grandparents’ house. I can recall the physical addresses of both without needing a moment to think. I kind of know what it’s like to undergo a big move when my parents’ bought a new mobile home but there was ne…

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Just shy of two years ago, this column explored the heightened importance of open government when public health is at risk. Multiple examples showed the government was not sharing timely information with the public, or even other branches of government, on issues such as clean drinking water…

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Anyway, as someone who is technically a millennial I expected to know every word on this list. Reader, I did not.

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Sweetie is the feline equivalent of that old lady who lost her filter. She’s a sixteen-year-old Persian with an unruly mane, who has to be sedated for her spa appointments. Sweetie doesn’t hold her liquor like she used to. The day after her most recent style and perm, she was still feeling a…

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I grew up during a time when Hanna-Barbera classic cartoons were still aired on TV. I can’t recall what networks they played on but I remember watching The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Where are You! (and all of its spin-offs), Wacky Races, The Yogi Bear Show, The Smurfs, Shirt Tales, Pound Pupp…

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For the past few years I have set new year goals; I like this word instead of resolution because a goal feels like a less rigid word to me. And some of these goals were completed while others were pushed to the wayside. Sure, I planned to read 40 books in one year and accomplished that, but …

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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Or do you choose a word or an intention to guide the direction of your year? After the busy holiday season winds down, it can be fun to step back and dream about the days and months ahead. One of my favorite things to do is get a blank planner and start to…

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Not many elected officials have the good fortune to represent an exceptional place like Dane County,but after serving 10 years on the Dane County Board – including six years as Board Chair – it’s time for someone else to take over the leadership position.

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The other week I was having difficulty unlocking my car door. I knew the lock couldn’t be frozen because despite the cold, the temperatures had not reached the freezing-locks-shut point.

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It was about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when I decided it was time to put up my Christmas tree. When I was growing up, the tree always went up Thanksgiving weekend and I suppose it’s just stuck with me. It allows the decoration to be on display for just the right amount of time — not too soon or too late.

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Last week I was at Swan Park in Beaver Dam setting up the annual Rotary Lights Christmas display. I saw two teenagers pushing a tree branch through a chain-link fence which protects the electrical equipment. I couldn’t understand why they were attempting to tamper with the electrical equipme…

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It’s apparently common for adults to bring some type of food to a Thanksgiving meal. My friends talk about the need to make some type of casserole or dessert for their family’s Thanksgiving meal. For people who know me, it should come as no surprise that I do not cook anything for Thanksgivi…

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Property crimes, suspicious activity, and drug activity continue to be problems no matter where you live across our country. Some communities do a really nice job of making thieves and other criminals uncomfortable, while other communities have room for improvement. This month, I am going to…

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During my childhood, I found myself in a challenging school environment. Through no fault of myself or my siblings, our peers did not welcome us. It was the civil rights era and we had recently enrolled as the first black children in the well-funded “white school” in my Southern hometown, af…

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Bennett celebrated his first birthday last week while “Sesame Street” is celebrating 50 years this week. A lot has changed on the children’s TV show, but it’s still very much the program I grew up watching in the early 1980s.

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Joe and Sam tamped solid the gravel around the last post. They stepped back, Austin Kind stepped in, drew his DeWALT, and sunk the last two screws on the final board. The origin of the fence was a quarter mile north. The first post had been planted a month ago.

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Last week I took three days of vacation in honor of my favorite holiday – Halloween. When I initially planned to take these days off months ago, I hoped to head to Chicago for a day to see the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Art Institute. Then I remembered how early I’d need to wake up to get ei…

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Last weekend marked year five of working for Wizard World Comic Con when it made its stop in Madison. I signed up initially because it was a way to experience a comic/fan convention without needing to pay admission, plus it would give me something to do during a winter weekend (the first yea…

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Wisconsin sure loves to read. In 2018, Wisconsin’s libraries joined Overdrive’s Million Checkout Club after Wisconsin residents checked out over 5 million digital materials (eBooks and digital audiobooks) in 2018. 5 million! Wisconsin’s Digital Library is a statewide library collection share…

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Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to be a mess from the get-go? One day the other week. It seemed there was just a perfect storm of little set-backs gnawing on my sanity beginning even before I arrived at the office.

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I consider myself to be pretty average when it comes to what I’m afraid of. I’m afraid of heights (namely, what happens if you fall from them), having bats fly into my face (they carry some nasty diseases), being startled in the dark and snakes.

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Wisconsin lawmakers in 2019 have used their office budgets for travel to Australia to attend a youth leadership conference, Denver for a hemp seminar and Nashville to witness Assembly Speaker Robin Vos become president of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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I was talking with a friend the other day about immigration. It’s one of the most divisive issues of our time, and we, too, found ourselves divided. “Our country is full,” he quoted President Trump, who said this back in April. Let’s improve the country with the people we already have, my fr…

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This month, my message to all citizens is very simple. When your car is unattended, even if it is in your driveway, lock your car doors. Many people say, the car is in my driveway, why should I lock the doors. It’s inconvenient and what if I need to go back to get something out of it? If the…

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Early in his administration, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers was asked to produce a letter he’d gotten from departing Gov. Scott Walker, during the transition. He initially refused, claiming it was a “purely personal” communication outside of the reach of the state’s open records law.

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I once saw a Twitter post where the writer said since becoming an adult, no one has asked him what his favorite dinosaur is.

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The other week, I woke up and saw a large insect crawling on my left arm. At first I thought it was a spider, which is fine by me because they eat other bugs, but then I squinted my eyes a bit more and saw it was a giant tick. I quickly slapped my arm with my right hand in hopes of squishing…

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Last year, as I was celebrating the annual Banned Books Week, someone asked if we still needed it. The person inquired when was the last time a book was actually banned in the United States. Challenged, sure, but not outright permanently pulled from the shelves. Perhaps it’s because we live …

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The need for redistricting reform in Wisconsin is critical. Concerned voters across the political spectrum are calling to end the practice of gerrymandering by our elected officials. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin has advocated for nonpartisan redistricting for decades. Over these d…

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Your social security has been suspended! You have won the publisher’s clearing house and you have warrants for your arrest! Law enforcement will be coming to arrest you shortly! In addition, your computer has a virus that only the person on the phone can help you with and the warranty on you…

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In May, as the state Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee considered a plan to spend far less on education than what Democrat Gov. Tony Evers proposed, Sheila Plotkin started filing public records requests.

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In the last decade, I’ve somehow developed a celebrity autograph collection. It started when I was working at this newspaper and had a man by the name of Jim Parker stop by the office in 2009. He introduced himself as the Vegas Vampire, a character he had created for a Las Vegas TV network w…

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As a lifelong Wisconsinite, I used to love summer when I was younger. What was there not to like? Three months away from school, spending time with friends, warm temperatures, and family trips. During the end of the school year we’d count down how many more days there would be until summer v…

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On Aug. 15, the Associated Press reported that July 2019 was officially the hottest month on record, predictably following the hottest June in 140 years. On the whole, this year has been 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the long-term average.

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If you look at my spam folder for my work email, you would assume I’ve decided to share some really great offers with myself. We’re talking $500 gift cards from Amazon and Kohl’s and plenty of free sandwiches and fries from fast food restaurants. The spambots have gotten a bit lazy and decid…

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The State of Wisconsin has a work release program authorized under Statute 303.08 called the Huber law. It states, any person sentenced to a county jail for crime, nonpayment of a fine or forfeiture, contempt of court or subject to a confinement sanction in certain circumstances, or a probat…

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The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin mourns the loss of scores of innocent lives in three recent mass shootings -- in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio -- in one week. Like so many others, we are frustrated that these tragedies continue and nothing is done to stop them.

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Like many people, when I work up Sunday morning I was shocked to see there had been a second mass shooting less than 24 hours after the one in El Paso, Texas. As many of us slept another person chose to use a weapon to kill people in Dayton, Ohio.

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When you hear about someone being arrested for operating while under the influence of an intoxicant (OWI), you probably immediately assume that person was arrested because they were consuming alcohol. However, it is becoming more common for people who are arrested to have used some sort of a…

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I’ve been able to see some iconic musicians this summer – Bad Religion (apparently making their first apperance in Madison) and Alice Cooper (who stops in Wisconsin on a regular basis). The people at the show tended to be on the more mature side, tending to be older than myself. It was nice …