SAY IT AIN'T SO! CAP TIMES NEWSPAPER CANCELS MADRAVENSPEAK COLUMN
Here is something you can do today.
Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak is the only regularly published newspaper column in the Madison area, maybe the entire state, focused squarely on animals and the environment.
On March 10, Randolph received an email from Cap Times opinion editor Jessie Opoien titled “
Some Changes Coming”. She wrote:
We really appreciate your passion for wildlife and the dedication you’ve put into your column, but unfortunately we will no longer be able to commit to publishing it on a regular basis…. I can’t guarantee you a biweekly run date anymore. You’re very welcome to continue to send submissions from time to time, and I’ll consider them along with the others that we receive.
Please write a letter to the newspaper urging them to keep the column.
"I am asking people who care about our wildlife, democracy and a voice for a livable planet for all life - to write an editorial to The Capital Times (250 words or less) to support continuing the column and stating what it either meant to them personally - or the value they think that a voice for wildlife and other animals has - in balancing the outdoors pages hunting/trapping advocacy.
"If you believe that a voice for living wildlife is helpful balance to the outdoors pages and for education to transition to a more humane ethic - then please email Paul Fanlund, the editor, Jessie Opoien, the opinion editor who decided to end the column, and Dave Zweifel, Editor Emeritus who first gave me space for the column. It must have been a group decision:
Her column about the coyote killing contests was the 10th most read column of 2018.