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Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:01 am
 The fear of measles and news of the Ebola virus have captured news headlines for many months. These are of course serious news stories and deserve our attention. However, there is one issue that...
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 12:01 am
The vaccine debate recently hit home to my Facebook circle (so, you know, it must be serious now...). As the arguments flew fast and furious (“The CDC is a giant conspiracy to sell vaccines!” “S...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am
 With the huge budget hole created by the recent 25 percent tax cut to both Illinois’ personal and corporate income tax rate, lawmakers must make critical decisions about whether to make deep c...
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 12:01 am
The latest United Nations climate report is arresting because it confirms prior trends of climate change and emphasizes for the first time that dramatic climate change could hit us suddenly. The scien...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am
 Handguns have killed more Americans than any other type of firearm. Two innocent policemen in New York City and a black teenager who pulled a handgun on police in Berkeley, Missouri, not far fro...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am
I am writing in response to James Krohe, Jr.’s inane and sophomoric diatribe regarding U.S. Sen. Alan J. Dixon [see “Official graffiti,” Dec. 18]. I had the honor of working with Alan Dixon in t...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am
 The proposed 2016 operating fund (corporate fund) for the City of Springfield is $118.1 million. The Springfield Police Department ($45.8 million) and the Springfield Fire Department ($37.1 mill...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am
“Gimme your mop. You’re through.”I was standing in a hall in the Stratton building about 9:30 on a weeknight. The shift was ending and I had been stopped by the new boss. He hit me with that mes...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am
 We are one glum country.Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 I remember seeing Gov. Adlai Stevenson when I was a kid. I was in a car that passed his on the way up to New Salem to see the play Forever This Land. He looked out the window and waved to me.Act...

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