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Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:01 am

It’s time for the 2014 world championships of soccer

 Honestly, I had no idea that anyone was paying attention. I had begun extolling the virtues of soccer as a spectator sport for years (beginning at this paper back in 1977) when most U.S. sports...
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:01 am

A Supreme Court ruling misunderstands religious freedom

 I have long wondered why God, who for decades has been routinely invited to watch over the General Assembly and guide its deliberations, has asked Mike Madigan to do that job for him. Now I know...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am

. . .with the Indiana blues again

 I’m packin’ up darlin’, down the road I go…a black top road running to a gravel road then a sand top road and I’ll be gone–“You Don’t have To Go” as performed by Jerry Lee...
Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:01 am

I go to a Rotary convention

 Foreign travel is usually regarded as a perk of high office. After I had been elected president of Springfield High School’s Interact Club, the service club for boys, sponsored by the local Ro...
Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:01 am

A new map charts the Cubs-Cards divide

 The proprietors of The Upshot drove in a couple of runs for their new web-based news site when they posted a fun interactive map of baseball fandom. Aggregating Facebook “likes,” Tom Giratik...
Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:01 am

George Lucas wants to improve young Chicagoans

 Toymaker George Lucas is thinking about buying Chicago a museum to house his personal collection of early 20th century soft-core and magazine cover art by the likes of Maxfield Parrish and Norma...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:01 am
 Illinois corn growers have been getting fat because so many Americans drive to their convenience stores for sweet drinks in cars using ethanol-laced gasoline, both made cheap by trade barriers t...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 am

The CEC pushes government into the 20th century

 The citizens panel gathered to find what it called opportunities for economy in the provision of public services in Springfield and Sangamon County. Upon investigation, they found that the cemet...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 am

Basing representation on demography, not geography

 In a country where people of like social class (and thus political views) tend to huddle together like bison in a blizzard, defining the geographical reach of a given legislative district goes a...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

The pleasures and perils of the epistolary romance

 Just when I thought I could learn to forget herRight through the door come a tear-stained letter.– “Tear-stained Letter,” Richard Thompson“We will go out and write poetry in red chalk on...

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