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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005 04:47 am

Closing the achievement gap is doable — and must be done

A veteran Springfield teacher expressed frustration as she left the Nov. 14 forum on “Closing the Achievement Gap”: “We’re already doing so much of ...
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005 03:18 pm

Leaders need to step forward. The Salvation Army needs help.

Sometimes it takes a defeat to get everyone’s attention and gather more resources to start building toward a victory. That is an optimistic assessment of the ...
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005 10:20 pm

Getting ready for David McCullough by finding no glory in 1776

As I read 1776, the best-selling introduction to the Revolutionary War by historian David McCullough, I kept hoping the American colonists and their British cousins woul...
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005 01:39 pm

Gather ideas while the good mood lasts. Figure out funding later.

Lately Springfield seems to be in a “Wouldn’t it be great if. . . ?” mood, as opposed to the “there’s no money” mood that prevails most ...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005 10:13 pm

Can R/UDAT follow-up committee raise partnering to the next level?

The visiting architects and city planners who made up the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team said over and over that Springfield is poised on the edge of greatness. ...
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 01:39 am

Why neighbors beat back blight while awaiting positive news

The Esquire Theatre was brand new, and several other businesses had located near it on Springfield's burgeoning southwest side. "South Grand and West Grand Distr...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005 05:43 pm

Come back with a progressive reform agenda — or don’t bother.

Here’s an idea: Instead of reluctantly agreeing to run for governor as a means of rescuing the Republican Party and then trying to survive four years without damaging h...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005 12:08 pm

Reading for hope in the off-season

My summer reading has turned to cities, realizing the good that is in them, solving their problems through leadership, and deciding what personal role to play. My books ...
Thursday, July 28, 2005 04:26 am
It was yet another report of the U.S. government’s participation in human-rights abuses. On Sunday, 60 Minutes reported on the CIA’s practice of...


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