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Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 08:38 am

A Springfield grade-schooler confronts American folk songs

When I was a student, I was introduced to the concept that the simplest-sounding phrases had irreconcilable and contradictory meanings that rendered interpretation impossible. No intellectual test was...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 01:01 am

Direct primaries and the Scott Lee Cohen fiasco

The obituaries for the political career of the unfortunate Scott Lee Cohen list as the cause of death all the common viruses of Illinois politics, from dunderheaded party leaders and lazy reporters to...
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 03:35 pm

Turning Lincoln stuff into sacred relics

Many years ago, I made my first visit to the Illinois State Historical Library in its handsome but cramped new quarters beneath the Old State Capitol. Having time to kill while waiting for the staff t...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 07:04 am

Springfield’s tradition of Lincoln Scholarship

“One thing I don’t like, and Springfield don’t like, is someone to come in from outside and tell us about Lincoln.” That was the late Murray Hanes, talking as only Hanes could ...
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...

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