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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 05:34 pm

What Lance Armstrong teaches us about ourselves

There is no shame in quitting a race you know you can’t win. Lance Armstrong’s shame is the many races he perhaps should have quit rather than win. It was apparently to prevent unsavory fa...
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 12:06 pm

Dogs love to talk. Pity they have nothing to say.

Ever notice that there is only two letters’ difference between dog and blog? The dog and blogger are kin to the extent that too many of each are noisily eager to share their ignorance with every...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 07:29 am

Does geographic isolation explain why Statehouse politics are corrupt?

A few weeks ago the nation was briefly distracted from the work of buying, stealing and subverting this year’s elections by the release of a report from researchers at the Kennedy School of Gove...
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 04:48 pm

Spending too much on health care that does too little

When it comes to their health – and eventually, everything does – Americans’ motto is, “Too much is never enough.” That phrase ought to be printed on every test report, e...
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 01:15 pm

Is the bus the future of short-haul intercity travel?

While I was coming of age in central Illinois in the 1960s, the motor vehicle that figured daily in my life was not a car – I didn’t have one – but the bus. I rode buses to school, I...
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 05:35 pm

What are the leaping fish trying to tell us?

The two Old Friends (I am told) were sitting at breakfast. Old Friend No. 1 recalled the summer nights of her youth when she would join her beau on the banks of Lake Springfield, there to mix Wheaties...
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 03:31 pm

The soft case for hard time for Bill Cellini

The feds want Bill Cellini to get at least six and a half years in a steel box when he is sentenced in October in Chicago. His lawyers have argued that the feds seem to forget that Cellini was not con...
Thursday, July 26, 2012 01:14 am

Good for the City of Springfield, yes, but for the city?

“People,” goes an old political adage, “vote their pocketbooks.” That goes for people in elected office too.A diligent reader attended a Springfield Park Board meeting at which...
Thursday, July 19, 2012 06:38 pm

What do the Oneota teach us about ourselves?

The other day a passing canoeist (who else?) found an unusual pottery fragment on a sandbar in the Sangamon between Springfield and Petersburg. The find prompted the usual questions? How old is it? Wh...
Thursday, July 12, 2012 07:59 pm

Should Griffin Woods be spared “development”?

Few of our readers know the words and music to “Woodman, Spare that Tree,” a mawkish ballad that was a hit in the 1830s. Instead they are singing the blues about the destruction of Griffin...

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