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Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 10:07 am

Budget disaster demands response from us all

Imagine that while you’re on an airplane nearing its destination, the pilot announces that there’s not enough fuel to land safely. The plane could be refueled in mid-air, but the crew won&...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 06:38 am

What to do when you lose your job

At first you will want to cry. That was my experience each time I heard the “We have to let you go” bomb at 3 o’clock on Friday afternoon. Being laid off is always a shock. Your emot...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 03:06 am

Parking is not the answer

For too many aspiring downtown revitalizers, the path to its resurrection and consequent vibrancy is to follow the mantra of car preservation as opposed to building preservation. The illusory necess...
Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:29 pm
I grew up hard-working, and started at the age of 15 to supplement my family’s income when my father became very ill and required surgery. I stopped going to school in order to sustain our fami...
Thursday, July 16, 2009 08:22 am
How reproductive health care is dealt with in national health care reform is no small matter. And who provides this care is still to be determined. For communities like Springfield, local heal...
Thursday, July 2, 2009 07:30 pm
The following is from a speech given by Andy Van Meter at the Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet held at the State Capitol March 2. My topic is failure. I could talk to you about the failure of ...
Thursday, June 25, 2009 06:05 pm
She served as the state’s First Lady, but lately Patti Blagojevich has been roughing it in the jungles of Costa Rica in NBC’s reality show “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me ...
Thursday, June 25, 2009 03:33 pm
The following is an excerpt from the keynote address delivered at the June 7 Race Unity Rally at the Capitol. See page 16 for winners of the Race Unity Art and Poetry Contest. In the beginnin...
Thursday, June 18, 2009 08:00 am
Social service agencies throughout Illinois have recently received notices of funding cuts. Here is reaction from one of them. ARC Community Support Systems, an organization serving infants, c...

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