In This Together

n his terrific little book, Make Hope Real, author Rich Harwood, one of this country's foremost authorities on civic engagement and change for the common good, argues that most people see themselves as more than mere isolated consumers making claims on public resources without consideration of the public good. People want to be part of something larger, to connect with one another and make a difference in public life. They want hope. Harwood wants to make that hope real. Like many of you, we too have been talking a lot about the economy and what we as a magazine and as individuals can do to respond to the very important challenges we face as a community.

Cut Hours for Lawmakers

alifornia and Michigan weighed proposals this year to turn their full-time legislatures into part-time ones. The idea is intriguing and, lately, I've become more convinced it's something Wisconsin should consider, too.

Keep Full-Time Legislatures

here is a discussion going on in our newsroomabout a phrase you've been hearing on newscasts all around the country—"tough economic times." We are sick of it. We're tired of hearing it, thinking about it and living it every day. But, like much of America, it's our reality.

Wealth of Health

I'm a colorful character when it comes to my message about the importance of healthy eating. As both a registered and certified dietician, I deal with clients in a variety of situations—some are in preventative care classes, others are clinical or in the hospital and we're working on new diets following surgery; still many are already in the rehabilitation and follow-up portion of their health care. I need to present my ideas and nutrition plans in an open, fun and exciting manner. I find it makes the educational importance of healthy eating easier to "swallow." My interest [in healthy eating] began in high school when I learned I was on the borderline of having an eating disorder. I realized it was important for me to understand the science behind food, and how it impacts and affects the body, before I let food hurt me in a negative way. In the end, my career choice hasn't only allowed me to learn how to practice what I preach in a healthy manner, but it is helping hundreds of others understand nutrition, too. My family knows why we don't eat fast food and how I feel about all of us exercising together. My son realizes if he eats food colored with synthetic dyes he will have an allergic reaction. And whenever I get the chance I work with the media to share my message of health on an even broader scale. It goes back to being that colorful character while talking about why eating your fruits and vegetables is so important! Tammy Fumusa is a registered/certified dietician at St. Mary's Hospital. Look for her blog in the news section at

Stop the Pop

t has no real nutritional value, can be addictive and contributes to one of our nation's biggest health problems. And the governor of New York wants to increase taxes on it to generate much-needed revenue and improve the health of his state.

The State Government Bailout

merican banks and U.S. automakers came to Washington in the midst of this economic crisis with their hands out looking for help. Congress handed over billions.

Fresh Air on the Menu

've always found the concept of a menu appealing. For me menus have represented unlimited potential, the promise that by choosing wisely delight awaits aided by the misguided impression that with simplified choices you can't go wrong.

The Blame Game

A rant on who's really to blame for the financial crisis.

Safety First

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray is the Person of the Year for 2008.

Death By Laughter

A book on Chris Farley prompts a discussion on the place of alcohol in Madison culture.

A Public Market to Model

One of the world's largest food markets in Turin, Italy seeks to educate consumers on sustainability and great taste.

Downtown Madison IS Safe

Downtown business is growing and the city is implementing stricter policies on issues such as panhandling.

Politics in the capital city

Colin tells us what the older generation thinks of the presidential candidates, and Jenny comments on the state "budget repair bill."

Heady Days Ahead

Heinen reflects on community united (environmental movements and health care reform) and community divided (racial inequality and primate research).