Link to January 3 Rockford Register Star article.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Link to January 3 Rockford Register Star article.
Newly elected state legislators often head to Madison with big dreams of all they can accomplish - and spend - for their districts.
But things are a little different for the freshman class of 2009.
Sure, the three representatives-elect from west-central Wisconsin still believe they will be able help their constituents, but they recognize that filling the state's $5.4 billion budget hole will dominate the agenda.
The Democratic trio - Kristen Dexter of Eau Claire, Chris Danou of Trempealeau and Mark Radcliffe of Black River Falls - has gone through orientation programs for new Assembly members and hopes to hit the ground running after inauguration ceremonies on Monday.
It is Braille's genius that will be remembered at the Braille Birthday Party, hosted by the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCB) on Wednesday. The celebration, open to the public, will include reading demonstrations, French refreshments (in honor of Braille's nationality) and informative talks with national and state advocates for literacy issues that the visually impaired face.
IF YOU GO
What: Braille's Birthday Party
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday (January 7)
Where: Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, 754 Williamson St., Madison
Friday, January 2, 2009
Todd's contributions to fightingbob.com
The other announced candidates:
Tony Evers, Department of Public Instruction Deputy Secretary.
Van Mobley, Concordia University professor
Rose Fernandez, president of the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families.
Lowell Holtz, Beloit Schools Superintendent.
Link to January 1 Wisconsin State Journal article.
Includes quotes from Tracy Herold, Sun Prairie Public Library Director; Phyllis Davis, South Central Library System Director; Tana Elias, Web Resources Coordinator at the Madison Public Library, Bryan McCormack, Hedberg Public Library Director (Janesville); David Weinhold, Eastern Shores Library System Director; Jessica MacPhail, Racine Public Library Director
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Link to December 30 "Arts, Briefly" article in the New York Times.
Mr. Salinger’s disappearing act has succeeded so well, in fact, that it may be hard for readers who aren’t middle-aged to appreciate what a sensation he once caused. With its very first sentence, his novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” which came out in 1951, introduced a brand-new voice in American writing, and it quickly became a cult book, a rite of passage for the brainy and disaffected. “Nine Stories,” published two years later, made Mr. Salinger a darling of the critics as well, for the way it dismantled the traditional architecture of the short story and replaced it with one in which a story could turn on a tiny shift of mood or tone.
In the 1960s, though, when he was at the peak of his fame, Mr. Salinger went silent. “Franny and Zooey,” a collection of two long stories about the fictional Glass family, came out in 1961; two more long stories about the Glasses, “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters” and “Seymour: An Introduction,” appeared together in book form in 1963. The last work of Mr. Salinger’s to appear in print was “Hapworth 16, 1924,” a short story that took up most of the June 19, 1965, issue of The New Yorker. In the ’70s he stopped giving interviews, and in the late ’80s he went all the way to the Supreme Court to block the British critic Ian Hamilton from quoting his letters in a biography.
Franny and Zooey is on Retiring Guy's list of re-reads for 2009.
The 32-year-old, 2-term legislator, Nelson (D-Kaukauna) was re-elected to the 5th Assembly District in November, and the elected by his Democratic Assembly colleagues to the position of Majority Leader on November 13.
I believe that politics is a high calling. This job is extremely important to me. I've worked very hard. I've knocked on over 85,000 doors. And because the Democrats were in a position to take over the Assembly, I was able to run for this leadership post. It offers a seat at the table to make decisions on issues I care passionately about.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Dave Rosenberg expands these 5 reasons.
1. Lack of exclusive games.
2. Minimal modern touches.
3. Out-marketed by competition.
4. (Somewhat) burdenson user experience.
5. The Internet.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
"Library use is going up. This is not a surprise to us. We've seen this pattern in the past when the economy has soured," said Jim Rettig, president of the American Library Association. "People have to make decisions and they rediscover the value their library offers."
Rettig said the top reason people use library computers, after K-12 education, is career development and job hunting.
"There are an awful lot of companies now that will not accept a job application unless it's submitted online," he said. "Somebody who is out of work or looking to change jobs might not have access to the Internet.
"In 73 percent of the communities in the U.S., their best, and maybe only hope for free Internet access, is their public library."
Fox Valley library directors and staff said an increasing number of patrons are job seekers.