Best of The Gazette, Dec. 30: Chickens, pets and politics


Bill Olmsted

The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so: 


Man in the middle: Sen. Cullen bids farewell to political career

Sen. Tim Cullen is a Democrat who steered a central course in politics. That worked well for him his first time in the Senate. But centrist thinking got him in trouble when he was elected in 2010, the same year as Gov. Scott Walker. The retiring senator's story reflects the state of politics today, where, as he sees it, ideology drives both parties to their extremes and the center of the political spectrum is a lonely place.

City tabs top names, breeds for cats, dogs in 2014

Did Santa bring a dog named Bella? What about a kitten named Oliver? Those names top the charts among registered Janesville pets in 2014. Here's a closer look at the most popular names and breeds in the city.


Delavan-Darien grads enjoying walk-on life at UW

Redshirt Wisconsin freshman safety Danny Supernaw and freshman tight end John Damrow haven't made much of an impact yet, but the former Delavan-Darien High teammates are certainly getting a lot of miles out of their Wisconsin experience. “When we were both in high school we both dreamed about being here, but we never really thought about it together,” Damrow said. “The way it worked out is pretty cool for us.”

Ted Peck: Winter weather holding off, delaying ice fishing

Some folks who got open-water fishing gear for Christmas might get a chance to use it before serious January weather arrives. Those who found a power ice auger under the tree will need to visit lakes in northern Wisconsin to see what that baby will do—ice on many waters around here is tenuous at best, Outdoors columnist Ted Peck writes.


Our Views: Milwaukee Street serves Janesville motorists just fine as it is

As The Gazette reported Saturday, the city will rebuild a mile swath of Milwaukee Street next summer. A plan being encouraged by state transportation officials would do away with the two lanes in each direction and go to one lane each way and with a center turn lane. An old adage works well here, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. If it isn't broken, don't fix it.

Sen. Tim Cullen: Eight changes I hope to see in the future

The debate will continue on big issues such as Medicaid funding, tax reform and raising the minimum wage, retiring Sen. Tim Cullen writes. Other important issues may not grab headlines but deserve our consideration. Here are eight changes he believes would greatly benefit Wisconsin.


Book scratches up dirt on America's ubiquitous bird

There's no doubt that chickens are universal: The world's population is estimated at 20 billion birds. Why do we loved chickens so much? Andrew Lawler investigates in his new book, “Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?”

Joan Neeno: Geneva ChopHouse puts on a grand brunch

The food quality at the Geneva ChopHouse brunch is outstanding. Every dish could stand on its own—impressive when you're serving 20 entrees in a buffet. Unfortunately, the service doesn't live up to the quality coming out of the kitchen, restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno writes.


John W. Eyster: A victor in the 'Super Bowl of sermons'

Church is a popular place on Christmas Eve, earning it the nickname the “Super Bowl of sermons.” Here's John W. Eyster's pick for which pastor deserves to be declared victor.

Ask a Poultry Farmer: The best bedding for your birds

Poultry farmers face plenty of options when buying bedding for their birds. Here are some tips from community blogger Dale Wheelock for which kind to choose. does not condone or review every comment. Read more in our Commenter Policy Agreement

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