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Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 12:22 am

The fear of immigration in Illinois belies the facts

 Brother Trump is the savior come to rescue America, in the opinion of a majority of self-identified Republicans. On the stump he works crowds into a fever with his perorations against immigrants...
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 12:29 am

Preparing children for this world and the next is tricky

Ordinarily I would not trouble the Roman Catholic church with my opinions. Its sacred books are divinely inspired; my columns, alas, are not. I would happily take my nose out of the church’s busines...
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 12:01 am

The classic American diner is dying

 A few years ago, I met an old pal from Springfield in Chicago. We grabbed a bite at the Marquette Inn, the ground-floor diner named after the magnificent 1895 Loop building of that name which ho...
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 12:19 am

New kinds of cars promise new kinds of parking lots

 Me and parking lots, we go back a long way. I’ve written at least seven columns over the years damning as unwise the undevelopment of downtown Springfield to make spaces for cars. The first on...
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 12:22 am

Will the high court leave Americans vulnerable to corporate panhandlers?

 Nobody likes being bullied. Nobody likes being called names. Nobody likes being asked for money. As for being bullied and called names while being asked for money, well, there oughta be a law.Ac...
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 12:20 am

Is the U.S. a nation-state or a nation of states?

 Bells in Springfield – church bells, hand bells, even cell phone ringers – rang  at 2:15 p.m. on April 9 to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of major Civil War fighting. Except, as...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 12:21 am

Getting labor back into politics

 Tell me, brother, don’t you understandWe’re all working for the Pharaoh“Pharaoh” Richard Thompson© BMG Rights Management US, LLCReform. Our problem is not that everybody talks about it...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:20 am

Developing economic development in Springfield

On July 28, Mayor Langfelder 2.0 made good a campaign promise and appointed the members of a new Economic Development Commission that will advise the city’s – which is to say the mayor’s – Off...
Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:22 am

Making a small world bigger and the big one smaller

 So much of happiness, I’ve realized, depends on getting tuned in. When he was a young married, my father used to tune in the console radio in the living room of the Krohe family mansion on Man...
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:22 am

Springfield must adopt a sunnier outlook

 Everybody’s very happy’Cause the sun is shining all the timeLooks like another perfect dayI love L.A. – “I Love L.A.” by Randy NewmanFor years, people measured the deficiencies of life...


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