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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 11:45 am

They no longer enjoy the freedom of their city

The setting was breakfast, the mood nostalgic. I and three aging friends sat talking about mobility. No, not our corroded knees or where to buy replacement tips for our canes. We were recalling our yo...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 12:23 am

The scarcity of Harvard grads in Springfield

When asked by new acquaintances which of my many achievements I am most proud, I do not mention my bird imitations or my role (admittedly peripheral) in the Great Bran Flake Robbery in 1967. I tell th...
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 07:21 pm

The case against replacing Springfield High School

Having resolved to build new high school facilities it can’t pay for, the board of School District 186 is exploring several tax hike proposals that the voters won’t approve. The board&rsqu...
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 11:39 am

The folly of the mortgage interest tax deduction

For a day or two in late November, it was just like the old days on Wall Street — well, like 2008, anyway. The National Association of Realtors had reported that house sales had risen 10.1 perce...
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 04:26 pm

Roundabouts and the accident problem at Lawrence and MacArthur

For years the noise of vehicles colliding has been making the cats nervous around the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Lawrence Avenue. And for years the City of Springfield and residents on Sp...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 10:07 am

Embracing the simple at the expense of the wise

The day after Veterans Day, we were reminded of another long-running war of attrition, in which clueless elected officials have been squandering resources in ways that threaten our security over the l...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 08:40 pm

Robert Fitzgerald’s youth in Springfield

All but a few members of the Springfield High School Hall of Fame are not in the least bit famous in Springfield. In the English-speaking bookish community, however, one of those anointed is celebrate...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 11:10 am

New solutions to the old problems of human remains

Watching TV around Halloween — when so many rotting corpses rise from the grave to threaten the unwary that it is easy to think that it is an election year — reminded me that dead people a...
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 01:29 pm

The new race riot monument and community memory

The bronze sculpture commemorating the 1908 race riots was finally dedicated this summer on Aug. ...

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