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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...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 03:32 pm
CHALK QUESTIONSHow can it be illegal for anyone to chalk a sidewalk? It will wash off; it is not permanent or damaging [see Cap City, p. 8]. The news report about the recent Occupy Springfield chalkin...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 02:43 pm
JOY IN BEAUTYIn his 1912 tract, “The Gospel of Beauty,” Vachel Lindsay wrote, “The things most worthwhile are one’s own hearth and neighborhood.” Lindsay specifically hig...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 03:32 pm
STATEHOUSE FUNA recent opinion in a local paper stated that members of the current legislature need to retire. I agree, but the voters have had the ability to retire them long before they ma...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 03:32 pm

Immigration vs Jobs, Arts and World Aids Day

IMMIGRATION VS. JOBSRegarding “Three strikes and you’re in: Immigrants as the solution, not the problem,” by James Krohe Jr., Nov. 10: In the first decade of the 21st century (2000 t...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 03:32 pm

Jade Ostermeier and legislators

GOOD PEOPLEI am the aunt of Jade Ostermeier [see “How did Jade and her baby die?” by Bruce Rushton, Nov. 10]. I think there should be a retraction and an apology given to Marc Fagan and Br...


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