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Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am
 Treasurer Dan Rutherford delivered a forceful, even believable defense of himself last week during a suburban press conference hours after he was hit with a federal lawsuit alleging sexual haras...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am

TIF projects are a bad bet for 186 schools

 This caught my attention while reading the paper the other day – caught my attention in the same way that swallowing something unexpectedly nasty catches one’s attention. In the estimation o...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am
In the best tradition of grass-roots activism, a citizens group is leading the way where public officials fear to tread. A group called Invest in 186, calling for a referendum to  increase proper...
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 12:01 am
 Raise your hand if you want to pay higher taxes.I’m guessing not many hands went up. No one wants a higher tax bill without a very good reason. I’m leading a group of Springfield citizens wh...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 02:01 am

What do you call Springfield residents?

 Many years ago, when the creeks ran clear  and deer roamed free in the wooded groves of downtown Springfield, I was leaving Lanphier Park after watching the Springfield Redbirds play a ball...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am
 FOR THE BIRDSGreat article about birds and wildlife habitat (“What do the birds tell us?” Jeanne Townsend Handy, Feb. 6). Thank you for sharing!I have a question about a bird sound that has...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am

Combining President’s Day and Valentine’s Day, an essay on presidential marriages

 For more than 200 years, the White House has been a center of American politics. In some administrations, it is also a haven of romance.All but one president was a married man, and in three inst...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am
 There’s a growing army of the working poor in our U.S. of A., and big contingents of it are now on the march. They’re strategizing, organizing and mobilizing against the immoral economics of...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am
 One of the reasons why people near Treasurer Dan Rutherford are so nervous these days is because of the possibility that other employees might come out of the woodwork with even more allegations...

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