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Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:20 am

A look back at AAA baseball in Springfield

 Opening Day is April 2, and in honor of the new season I bring you this column from 1978, when Springfield was, gloriously, home to the Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals’ AAA farm team.The pie...
Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:20 am

The meager harvest from school gardens

 Teaching, it has been said, is like cultivating a garden. Some teachers believe that cultivating a garden is a form of teaching. The kids at Butler Elementary have been growing and harvesting he...
Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:20 am

Why tourism promises more than it delivers

 I have written often in the past about tourism development in Springfield. The topic is a hardy perennial – not because there are always new things to say, but because there are always new rea...
Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:21 am

Trump is deporting America’s future

 “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Springfield’s Rosanna Pulido about a bill in the General Assembly that would bar from schools, health care facilities and places of worship non-federal...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 12:22 am

What if, after you build it, they come?

 Oh, are we going to have us some fun. Public party space being planned in the form of a new Bicentennial Plaza between Fifth and Sixth Streets at Jackson and a park on the Y block across the str...
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 12:21 am

Jari the gibbon raises old questions about zoos

Who would be a gibbon? Or, more to my present point, who would be a gibbon in a zoo? We learned this week about poor Jari, a 3-year-old gibbon at the Henson Robinson Zoo. She came into this world in a...
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 12:23 am

How might struggling toy towns like Jerome survive?

 I hear that Jerome had to lay off its police chief. What, you didn’t know that Jerome had a police chief? Or that Jerome had a police department? Or that Jerome needed a police department? The...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 12:21 am

The newest idea for the Y block is the worst

 First it was going to be the site of a courts complex, then of a new Lincoln museum. After that hope fizzled it was going to be home to a showcase mixed-use development, but the City of Springfi...
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 12:23 am

Springfield’s “new” aldermanic government turns 30

I’m terrible at anniversaries, so I wasn’t surprised that I’d forgotten that this year marks 30 years since the City of Springfield changed from an at-large commissioner form of government to it...
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 12:20 am

Bringing brick streets back from the grave

 Springfield has no yellow brick roads leading toward Oz – I know because I looked for one for 40 years. It used to have plenty of red brick ones, though, gorgeous streets the color of aged win...

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