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Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:16 am
Once again Springfield’s U. S. senator, Richard Durbin, is in the national spotlight for being ahead of his time. Before there was DACA – Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals – there was Durbin...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:15 am
 Electricity is easy to take for granted. But imagine the disruption to our lives if we could not charge our iPhones that connect us to the rest of the world or flip a light switch with the guara...
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:16 am

Encountering the homeless, wanting to help

 This past Saturday morning I encountered four homeless men in a matter of moments. The first slept like a tossed baggie of water on the stoop near the entrance to my building. A few minutes late...
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 12:21 am

In the wake of Charlottesville, concern about true believers

 Before the election of Donald Trump I warned voters of the perils of narcissism among political leaders. I concluded with the following sentence: “Sadly, gullible individuals are especially vu...
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 12:18 am
 One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talke...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:17 am

When politicians target our primitive brain

Why do voters support politicians whose clear policy goals indicate that they are likely to support measures that will adversely impact the very people who voted for them?For example, the various iter...
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 12:14 am
 Sooner or later, every rookie reporter must face the ugly facts: Somewhere, sometime, there will be a school board meeting she will have to cover. A veteran opinion monger like me faces a simila...
Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:14 am

An immigrant’s billboard about not gossiping

 I established my Springfield salon, Gulden’s Nail Spa, in 2012. I was born and raised in Adana, Turkey, and moved to the United States at the age of 21. It has always been my dream to own my o...
Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:15 am
 America is a nation composed of immigrants, the fairly recent descendants of immigrants, native peoples and the descendants of slaves. Unlike regions of the world where majorities may descend fr...
Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:13 am
Thousands of Americans could die waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to approve new, lifesaving treatments if Congress fails to reauthorize a 25-year-old law this summer.The legislation, the...

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