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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. ...
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 06:08 am

The original vision for the campus

I complained here recently that the University of Illinois at Springfield’s recently adopted master plan will make the future UIS campus the kind of sprawly, inchoate, inefficient place that ale...
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 05:04 am

City Water, Light & Power’s newest efficiency rebates are inefficient

Thus the “Great Refrigerator Roundup.” Under this pilot program, CWLP hopes to encourage customers to unplug up to 3,600 pre-1993 refrigerators and freezers by providing a $50 rebate for each machine retired, recycled and replaced by a machine that has earned the “Energy Star” efficiency rating....

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