Now that the guy who wrote the popular "Watchdog" recedes into the sunset, his replacement steps up to the plate this week with the first installment of her regular news column. We just aren't sure what to call it.
As regular readers know, the front news section has alternated between Bill Lueders' "Watchdog" persona and "Madison.gov" by staff writer Joe Tarr. New news editor Judith Davidoff, who came on board Aug. 1, has taken up the "Watchdog" slot. We've decided to let that name go, but no signature title has jumped to mind. "Judy's Page" was suggested, but that didn't seem to have the proper gravitas for a straight news column. So for now we're just calling it "News."
Davidoff's topic this week is the plight of the workers who will be affected by the state's new rules governing pension and health care contributions, among other things. Needless to say, there are going to be some tight times for many. In the meantime, we will continue to cover the issues that concern our readers, and we can rest assured we have a real pro to do it.
And now for something completely different: We bring you news of Madison's Favorites. The Isthmus party is this Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Zimbrick lot off Fish Hatchery Road, from 6 to 11 p.m. In addition to revealing Madison's Favorites - the readership's selections from our Madison's Favorites Poll held in June - there will be fun, games, food and music, with some libation thrown in. Sassy Cow Creamery and Erehwon Mountain Outfitter are the lead sponsors, with beer proceeds going to the Urban League of Greater Madison. There will be rousing syncopation from the Black Star Drumline, followed by danceable music from the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band.
So join us, please, as summer slips away, for one last semi-outdoor party. Oh yes, we're prepared for rain this year.