|Vol. 15 No. 6
MARCH 23, 2020
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
by Jamala Rogers
What a difference two weeks makes. Two weeks ago, I wrote about COVID-19, but a lot of things were
still going on. Since that time, many restaurants and stores, all educational institutions at every level, and
most retail stores have closed. Almost all non-profits — and Madison has a zillion of them — have closed.
Isthmus — I still can’t believe it — has gone dark until the COVID-19 lock down is over. And now through
I have vowed to continue to publish The Capital City Hues because people need positive stories and information from people they trust, especially in times like now.
Fortunately, we have been frugal — not cheap — at The Hues over the past 14 years. After the initial losses due to starting the paper up and then suffering the impact
of The Great Recession, we have always run a modest profit each year. As a non-profit accountant in my other life, I know the importance of finishing in the black
with a positive fund balance. In the business world, equity equals power over your operations and we wanted The Hues to remain relatively independent and viable.
Not spending money unless we needed to has resulted in a Hues that can continue to publish.
With our modest overhead and support from advertisers who are able to do so, we continue to publish 1,200 physical copies that we distribute to grocery stores,
hospitals and other outlets that stay open. And we will be updating our website much quicker.
One of the biggest challenges is to continue to gather material for stories. When the closings were first announced — it seems like it was months ago — I didn’t know
what we would do. One of the big mainstays of The Hues is photos of the many beautiful community events of the year. -- READ MORE
by Jamala Rogers
|Fulfilling an Immigrant’s Dream
By Andrew Gramling
|* Savion Castro Seat 1
* Maia Pearson Seat 6
* Christina Gomez Schmidt Seat 6
* Wayne Strong Seat 7
* Nicki Vander Meulen Seat 7
Governor Evers’ order, everything, but the essentials have been ordered to close.
I saw someone raise the question indignantly why liquor stores were exempted and I instantly knew he wasn’t from Wisconsin.
|Their Answers to our Questionnaire
|Her Answers to our Questionnaire
After all, Wisconsin is the brandy capital of the world. Evers would have had a riot on his hands if he ordered liquor stores closed too.
Just about everyone regardless of race, color, gender, income and religion partakes of alcohol from time to time.
I worked at three neighborhood centers last week. The centers were closed to the public, but still needed to pay bills, pay staff and
know what their financial positions are. The staff of these centers are wonderful people who are trying to continue to meet the needs of
the people they serve according to their own unique center cultures. Wil-Mar has run a Saturday meal program for the homeless since
forever, it seems. Instead of having a community meal, they are now doing take-outs. Kennedy Heights Community Center held their
food pantry outside and even managed to give the residents some toilet paper too. Lussier Community Education Center is
I have vowed to continue to publish The Capital City Hues because people need positive stories and information from people they trust,
especially in times like now. Fortunately, we have been frugal — not cheap — at The Hues over the past 14 years. After the initial losses
due to starting the paper up and then suffering the impact of The Great Recession, we have always run a modest profit each year. As a
non-profit accountant in my other life, I know the importance of finishing in the blackcontinuing its community organizing ways
maintaining social distancing while working with the community to meet its needs. These centers are emblematic of many, many groups
that are working to ensure that ALL members of the community make it through these challenging times.