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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 Congress must approve a farm bill. Our nation’s farmers and millions of food-stamp recipients, as well as American consumers, are depending on the leadership of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Mi...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am
 The Springfield Baha’i community is celebrating the recent approval by the U.S. Senate of a resolution condemning Iran’s continued state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i citizens. Senat...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am
Let’s bring the spirit of Christmas to Congress. The last time the minimum wage went up was in 2009, and, as the owner of a Christmas tree farm and other businesses, I think it’s time for another ...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am
 In 1911 the Peabody family moved into a new mansion in a suburb of Chicago. The move was made possible by many Peabody company miners living in shacks and risking their lives in unsafe mines dow...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am
Once in my teens, approaching the stop sign a block from my house, with no cars around, I slowed way down then gently glided through in my old VW bug.Bill Hall, my friends’ father and the state poli...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am
 The first Thanksgiving is often associated with the Pilgrims. More than two centuries later, President Abraham Lincoln was the first to make it official.This year marks 150 years since Lincoln�...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am
 I could walk you to within very few feet, perhaps inches, of the exact spot I was on at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 22, 1963. I was on the Butler Elementary School playground playing Artillery Ball after l...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am
 We were young. We were innocent. We were naive. And from that afternoon on, nothing was the same.I had just finished lunch in the Gizmo at Knox College. As I walked down the long sunlit gallery ...

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