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Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 01:39 am

Fighting prostitution from the demand side

The women who walk by my house, sometimes early in the morning, are always polite when I ask them to go work someplace else. If they don't leave, I call the police, who come by if they're no...
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 01:40 am

What did we do to deserve this?

Why has Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared war on Springfield? His latest assaults on the local economy make many ask, "What did we do to deserve this?" Those searching for answers say his a...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 01:58 am

Tough times call for rethinking and asking new questions

The news about traditional newspapering can only be described as dismal. Last week the editor of the Chicago Tribune and the publisher of the Los Angeles Times stepped down from their jobs a...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 02:20 pm

Fights over accounting don’t help the Medicaid mess

Untitled Document Illinois Auditor General William Holland was so angry over the Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ delays in submitting information over the pas...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 08:44 pm

Springfield needs a neighborhood development policy

Untitled Document Frustrated builders call it the last straw — a union-originated Springfield ordinance to require those who get city grants to contribute to an apprentices...
Thursday, May 29, 2008 08:38 pm

The best location is where it is

Untitled Document The idea of replacing Springfield High School with a $57 million new building in a cornfield on Springfield’s west side is so lame, so yesterday, so pre-O...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 08:18 pm

My boyhood church keeps the faith, contemporary-style

Untitled Document On Mother’s Day I go to church with Mom. She’s still with our old home church, Central Christian, though it’s hardly the same church I grew up...
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 01:39 am

Language to make Illinois better

Untitled Document Punctuation and grammar, used well, can not only make us communicate better, and look better for having done so, they can also make us feel better. Commas and c...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 02:20 pm

“Giving Hope” encourages youngsters to dream, then get to work

Untitled Document Rwanda is known as a place of death, but I wish that everyone could see the life in the faces of some of its orphans. It was 14 years ago this month that the sl...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 01:39 am

Diane Lopez Hughes came home more dedicated, but different

Untitled Document They say that time behind bars makes criminals better at what they went in for. A gangbanger makes more gang connections, and a small-time bank robber learns fr...


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