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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...
Thursday, March 29, 2012 12:37 pm

Will a transit center take Springfield where it wants to go?

I suppose the question to the Springfield City Council ought to be phrased this way: If they come, will you build it? “It” is a multimodal transit center, a nice plan for which was unveile...
Thursday, March 22, 2012 03:39 pm

One writer struggles with prolixity, and loses

A while back – a long while back – I undertook to write a smallish book about a large topic, the history and culture of Illinois. I was certain that after more than 30 years spent reading,...
Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:14 am

Ought religious freedom to exclude atheists?

In February, the New York Times’ Timothy Egan nominated Roger Williams as the true founding father of America’s religious freedom. It was Williams who, in 1636, established a new colony at...
Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:58 am

Should one’s stand on dependency depend on who does the depending?

Readers who were around back when Ronald Reagan was just another lying politician and not yet a saint will remember the Cadillac Queen. She was a Chicago welfare recipient who starred in Reagan’...
Thursday, March 1, 2012 03:29 am

Fun and games during Lincoln’s birthday month

Another Lincoln birthday month has come and gone, and this one was busier than most. We learned that the Mary Todd Lincoln that had looked down from an oil portrait in the Executive Mansion for more t...

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