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Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:14 am
 One of the gifts of living in a representative democracy is that voting is only one of the rights it confers. For ordinary people who want to make change – who in some way want to alter their...
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:08 am

But Langfelder opposes welcoming resolution

 Where elected officials live has a lot to do with what they say.In California, the mayor of Salinas, along with the United Farm Workers and immigrant groups, opposed a welcoming city resolution...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:21 am
 So, President Trump makes what was to be a condolence phone call to the young widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four American soldiers killed on a military patrol in Niger – and all o...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:20 am
 I don’t think I’ve ever seen House Speaker Michael Madigan move faster to get in front of a legislative issue than he did last week when he vowed action to address the climate of sexual hara...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:19 am
 WEAK KNEES CAN’T KNEELStrong knees bow and kneel boldly for justice. Weak knees will never kneel for justice; they stumble and fall down to every wind and force of power. To be clear, every fo...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:18 am
 “The problem with quotes on the internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity.” – Abraham Lincoln (source: the internet). –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:17 am

Politics often gets in the way

 I have some experience with economic development efforts in Springfield. This backstory lends credence to my cynicism about why the new economic development corporation, formed in response to th...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:01 am

Springfield’s U of I passes the hat

 UIS wants to be everything it can be in spite of the General Assembly, so it has launched a four-year, $40 million fundraising campaign, “Reaching Stellar: The Campaign for the University of I...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:16 am

Another hero of a bad cause creates controversy

 In my youth, Springfield’s Roman Cultural Society held an essay contest every year in which grade school kids were invited to address the topic, “What Columbus Day  Means To Me.” I ne...


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