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Thursday, June 7, 2012 07:26 pm

Might immigrants come to America to farm our universities?

I have often lamented here the continuing decline in the population of Illinois’ rural parts. (See “Devoid of life,” July 14, 2011.) Like a great many readers, I have roots in centra...
Thursday, May 31, 2012 01:39 pm

Does the Internet mean the death of serendipity?

I was looking up something else on the web a couple of months ago when I ran across a reminiscence by the veteran Tribune writer Ron Grossman. “Like Columbus, I’d start with a destination ...
Thursday, May 24, 2012 03:36 pm

Confusing management for governance in District 186

A few years ago, the executive director of the National School Boards Association said, “In a democracy, school boards are the closest thing to the ground.” “Like dandelions in a law...
Thursday, May 17, 2012 09:33 pm

Sangamon County shows the nation how to die young

How did that song go again? I had it right on the tip of – oh yeah. “I hope I die before I get old.” Apparently you have a good chance to doing just that if you live in Sangamon Coun...
Thursday, May 10, 2012 11:38 am

Building real urbanism in the medical district

“Everyone wanted it to have an ‘urban’ type feel,” said one focus group participant to the State Journal-Register about the new supermarket that Niemann Foods Inc. plans to bui...
Thursday, May 3, 2012 03:31 pm

Setting federal highway spending back to 1993

As I understand it, the Republican position on gasoline prices is to save drivers money by refusing to raise the excise tax on gasoline that pays the federal share of building roads and bridges. As th...
Thursday, April 26, 2012 03:30 pm

Novelist Evelyn Waugh lectures the capital in 1949

No doubt some members of the of the Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women settled into their seats at the Centennial Auditorium in March 1949 looking forward to being instructed by their invi...
Thursday, April 19, 2012 04:10 am

Can the U.S. win another race to beat the world?

In the fall of 1957, the then-Soviet Union put into Earth orbit the world’s first artificial satellite. The news excited me – I was a geeky 9-year-old who looked forward to the next issue ...
Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:34 pm

Turning car parks into real parks

I think that I shall never see a car park lovely as a tree. Not in Springfield anyway. You’d have to travel to the Gobi to see expanses of treeless terrain to match the city&...
Thursday, April 5, 2012 10:33 pm

Today’s heroic public memorials trivialize heroism

The vandalism being perpetrated in Washington, D.C., it turns out, is not confined to the nation’s finances. Perhaps you read of the House subcommittee that met in March to hear arguments agains...

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