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Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 07:55 pm

Is this the golden age of the autodidact?

This town has been the theater for the careers of many a self-made man and woman (and nearly as many unmade ones) but the self-taught person is rare among us. Not so a century and more ago. In Illinoi...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 09:50 pm

The newest energy crop from Illinois fields

The American Wind Energy Corp. in December announced its intention to plant 25,000 acres in western Sangamon County with wind turbines, beginning in 2011. While county officials busy themselves determ...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 09:18 am

The rewards of reading books before you are ready

I was a bookish boy. I read at school and at home, encouraged by boredom and the summer reading programs at Lincoln Library. I didn’t read to learn; I read to be entertained. (There is no spur t...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 03:06 pm

De-engineering residential streets to make traffic safer

The folks down in Chatham are facing that dilemma so familiar to our migrant middle class families whose second homes consist of minivans or SUVs: As more and more young families with children move to...
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...

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