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05/16/14

Madison School Board flouts the law in favor of teachers union

Good on Ed Hughes for questioning whether Madison’s public schools should give their unionized teachers — overwhelmingly white — the first crack at any vacancy. Doing so, he avers, hampers efforts to recruit minority teachers. Newcomers would be the first to go if layoffs are needed. Eliminating that unearned perk would be one small but concrete way to improve minority student performance.

Posted at 11:09 AM | Permalink | Comments: 4

05/15/14

Run silent, run deep into the woods and fields

What a great product! It’s a wheelchair but it’s not. Instead of wheels it moves on tank-like tracks. That allows it to go where wheelchairs cannot, off the beaten path and into the wild, but silently — unlike the usual all-terrain vehicle. That’s a boon to hunter and birdwatcher alike.

Posted at 12:40 PM | Permalink | Comments: 1

05/14/14

Nature calls on a Madison backyard

After one of the cruelest winters I can remember, this has been a joyous (if belated) spring. Visiting the Blaska Experimental Work Farm this week were new visitors: a bright blue indigo bunting and three rose-breasted grosbeaks (two of them male). All are related to our over-wintering and sweet-singing cardinals.

Posted at 11:24 AM | Permalink | Comments: 14

05/12/14

Patrick Lucey and pro-business Democrats, R.I.P.

No one did more than Patrick Lucey to transform Wisconsin into a two-party state. He died Saturday at age 96, the longest-lived governor in state history.

Posted at 12:47 PM | Permalink | Comments: 11

05/09/14

Blaska engages in blatant issue advocacy — the issue being free speech

Spring is finally here. The indentured servants at the Blaska Experimental Work Farm are harvesting the asparagus, singing simple peasant songs as they work — mainly stadium anthems from Journey, Kansas, and Queen. It is their right as Americans to express themselves, thanks to Judge Randa, so long as their expression does not deny others a right to speak also. (Time, Place, and Manner.)

Posted at 11:02 AM | Permalink | Comments: 12

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About This Blog

Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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