STATE OF THE CITY
Mayor Paul Soglin continues to insist Madison is not a special city anymore, a claim that has rankled some. But, in his State of the City address, which the Mayor has wisely chosen to deliver at his annual Downtown Rotary Club visit, Soglin said Madison can resolve issues of poverty and achievement gaps and become a "diverse and exciting city." In response to recent criticism, Soglin said he planned to stick to his claim of Madison's decline in his remarks to Rotary, but that he would explain why, and then, what could be done about it. He did that and more.
Soglin obviously has a vision for Madison and there's no question it includes economic growth, healthy families, safe neighborhoods and successful, educated children. Some felt Soglin's vision had been a little heavy on the negatives. From what we heard of the speech we would say the Mayor responded to that criticism. United Way President Leslie Ann Howard called the vision inspiring. Now we must all look for opportunities to realize that vision