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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:20 am

Does a name determine one’s destiny?

 Some say that names are destiny. Surely jurist Learned Hand was doomed at his christening to take up the law, just as John Wisdom took up philosophy or Brandon Belt picked up a baseball bat. I a...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:19 am
Buckle up, friends. It’s going to be a hairy ride.Start with Day One for President Trump (gotta get used to saying that). He will need to be up-and-at-’em no later than 12:01 a.m., for during...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:18 am
 There’s been a lot of spin from the Illinois House Democrats about how last Tuesday’s losses were not that big of a deal. Don’t believe it.During the national Republican electoral wave two...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:17 am
 I THOUGHT I KNEW YOUI’m sorry. I thought I knew you.I thought that another senior would understand how many of your peers are at dire risk when our conservative Congress cuts Social Security.I...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:15 am

Civil War Thanksgiving

As in most wars, the men of the Civil War found it excruciatingly difficult to be away from loved ones at holiday time. Thanksgiving was no exception.The holiday itself has its roots in the Civil War....
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 12:20 am

A look back at 35 years of bungling at the Y block

 Ever know a kid who never quite grew up because her parents wouldn’t let her? The Y block in downtown Springfield is a lot like that. I described the partial clearing of that parcel in 1978. (...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 12:19 am
A nation’s border is nothing in and of itself. It’s just an inanimate line on a map, in the dirt, on a riverbank. It has no philosophy, personality, feelings or meaning – beyond what people on e...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 12:17 am
 PRESIDENT TRUMPWhoever said life was smooth? Jefferson said we need a revolution every 12 years to clean out the rot, adjust and start again. Well, Trump has given us that opportunity. But how c...

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