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Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 12:01 am
 Raise your hand if you want to pay higher taxes.I’m guessing not many hands went up. No one wants a higher tax bill without a very good reason. I’m leading a group of Springfield citizens wh...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am

Combining President’s Day and Valentine’s Day, an essay on presidential marriages

 For more than 200 years, the White House has been a center of American politics. In some administrations, it is also a haven of romance.All but one president was a married man, and in three inst...
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:01 am
 I started a chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America in Springfield a few years ago. Since then our chapter has grown to include the Greater Springfield Area. At an event last fall in fro...
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 12:01 am
 Recall the national attention, and concern, generated just before Thanksgiving when the country’s largest turkey producer indicated the possibility of a shortage of large, fresh turkeys? There...
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:01 am
Words I wrote a while back in an Illinois Times op ed letter keep coming back to mind. I said: “Most of us will never commit armed robbery or push drugs. But under the right circumstances every one ...
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 ...

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