Editorial writers and bloggers are weighing in today on Congress' last-minute bill to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Few are happy because so many decisions were once again kicked down the road, but most are willing to accept that it had to be done.

BloggingBlue's Mark Bear is one of the few to label the deal between Congress and President Obama as a win for the middle class. Former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz blogs that the agreement does the Democrats proud.

The Sheboygan Press, however, calls the bill "ugly," but says it had to pass for the sake of the country and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel chimes in that few are satisfied with the compromise because there are still "so many miles to go." Therefore, adds the Appleton Post-Crescent, this is no time for Washington to rest. Get on fixing the rest of it.

Blogger James Rowen can't resist calling out John Boehner, though, for his four-letter rejoinder to Senate Majority leader Harry Reid. Rowen observes that the GOP's Boehner was simply channeling his inner Dick Cheney.

The conservative blog, Wisconsin Public Research Institute (WPRI), is all about the change of the years today. Blogger Mike Ford presents his wishes for 2013, charter schools and all that, while George Lightbourn, the director, insists there's a big lesson to be learned from 2012: the state can really balance the budget. He doesn't elaborate on its fairness, though.

Meanwhile, the school board's occasional blogger, Ed Hughes, presents a lengthy list -- 12 in all -- of what he hopes will get done by the Madison School Board in 2013.  It's a challenging dozen.

Following yesterday's brouhaha over Sen. Glenn Grothman's latest gaffe -- that African-Americans don't really celebrate Kwanzaa -- blogger Jeff Simpson claims he'd rather Republicans like Grothman make dumb statements than fiddle around with the environment.

Over at FightingBob's blog, David Giffey takes the reins today with a headline, Alms for the Rich, a commentary on Wall Street's contention that $13,000 in Social Security benefits is too much.

Madison blogger Brenda Konkel sets her sights today on 800 East Washington Avenue and wonders what the city has in store there.

And to cap off  the day's commentaries, Erik Gunn does a lengthy Milwaukee Magazine blog which takes a nostalgic look at what he sees as the passing of the news business. It's a good read.

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