08 April 2015



Eulogia ("palabra buena") para Chuy Garcia


Dijeron que una escorrentia fue imposible;
En el New York Times los secuazes del alcalde
hacian escarnio de los liberales de Rogers Park,
y los capitanes del partido hablaron
solamente de una coronación.

Pero como las estaciones cambian --
como un invierno polar dio paso
a una primavera, como la tierra y el pueblo
parpadeaban con vida nueva --

una voz se escucho, cuarto millón de veces,
diciendo:  la sociedad importa!
Y los secuazes nunca sintieron la misma.

06 April 2015


Alan Talaga is right to call for better benefits for Madison city council members.  But this is not a matter of rewarding good "customer service" on behalf of the city, as he suggests.  Council members are not the first point of contact to confused and needy citizens -- police officers fill that role. 

Our elected representatives, at all levels of government, play a vital part in keeping democracy functional.  In the past few decades our political system has more and more come to resemble that of early 19th-century Britain:  we have a set of nominally free, democratic institutions that are virtually inaccessible to candidates without piles of money or aristocratic connections.  The struggle to secure a salary for members of Parliament (one of the demands of the People's Charter) was one of the key components of Britain's democratization and the rise of a politically assertive middle class. 

This issue is fundamentally about the value we place in political representation, and whether we can take a just pride in our city's approach to government.