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Thursday, March 1, 2012 10:33 pm
GIVE A KID A CHANCEIn my work with young people here in Springfield, I have seen repeatedly that the mistakes they make in their early years have a huge impact on the direction their futures will take...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 03:56 am

Tax cigarettes, moving history, open primary

TAX CIGARETTESState officials are proposing a $2 billion cut to Illinois’ Medicaid program. We agree with Illinois Hospital Association president Maryjane Wurth that a cut of this magnitude will...
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 12:43 am
WAR ON WEEDI’m writing about the thoughtful cover story by Bruce Rushton: “The war on weed,” Feb. 9. I thought that true conservatives oppose nanny-state policies. Obviously, I was w...
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 05:09 am
THANKS, CHRIS BRITTThanks Illinois Times for an informative story about Chris Britt’s tenure as a cartoonist with the local newspaper over the past 12 years [see “That’s all, folks: ...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 06:52 am

CWLP and Enos School

APOLOGIZE, CWLPAfter CWLP’s recent admission that utility service is at risk without continued rate hikes, I believe some apologies are owed to CWLP retail ratepayers. In particular, from those ...
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 03:54 am

Musicians, cancer and food stamps

TALL MUSICIANS I was pleased to see Tom Irwin get the recognition he richly deserves [see “The ballad of Tom Irwin,” by Scott Faingold, Jan. 19]. His weekly columns have been consiste...
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 04:59 pm
QUINN, GAMBLING KINGGov. Pat Quinn recently rattled his sword in support of a casino in Chicago and four other sites in Illinois. He also touted the feds giving the OK for Illinois to begin selling lo...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 12:48 pm

Prisons, fitness and Class envy

COSTLY PRISONSWhen do longer prison sentences and harsher punishments become counterproductive and financially irresponsible? For the past four decades politicians have built their careers on the get-...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 03:39 am
LEGACY THEATREThank you for highlighting the arts in Springfield [see “Upbeat arts in a down economy,” Dec. 22, by Scott Faingold]. However, one story you seem to have missed is the purcha...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 11:36 am
WHY VICTIMS SUEBishop Thomas Paprocki [see “Holy warrior,” by Bruce Rushton, Dec. 8] claims that child sex abuse victims sue bishops because of the devil’s influence and because &ldq...

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