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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 05:11 am

Scenic paintings of the central Illinois landscape. Really.

Earlier this year, a young English woman named Jennifer Bradley undertook, with friends, to run across the U.S. in 80 days. She thus became the first British woman (we are told) to cross the country o...
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 06:52 am

Does a residency rule make sense?

Making one’s address a condition of employment is one of those latent viruses that reside in the American body politic, and which flares up in full-blown symptoms every few decades. Residency re...
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 09:02 am

Why government costs can’t go down

Find a cure for Baumol’s Disease and you will be hailed as the benefactor of millions, even though the only people it harms are politicians. Baumol’s Disease strikes the body politic, spec...
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 11:28 am

A cougar is spotted in Morgan County

Everybody read about it – a high-tech hunter got video evidence that confirmed the presence in a Morgan County woods of an adult cougar, only the fourth known to have been sighted in Illinois si...
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 09:26 pm

George McGovern and the hope of 1972

A lot of people, I suppose, thought that George McGovern had died a long time ago when they heard in October that he had passed away. Some of them could even have put a date on his demise – elec...
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 10:51 am

Should performance-enhancing drugs in sports be legal?

San Francisco, city and club, are famously tolerant of people who don’t play by the book, but Major League Baseball tolerates it only among its umpires. The game’s poobahs have ruled that ...
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 09:28 am

Might an informal “street” network help heal South MacArthur?

South MacArthur Boulevard is a lot like a heart attack patient. It might recover its former vigor, but it will never thrive in the ways it did before it got sick. It will be able to survive at all onl...
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 09:45 am

The Springfield Rail Improvements Project gets stuck on a siding

We’ve all seen it dozens of times in movies. A railroad train is barreling down the tracks. There might be enough time – just – to bring the lumbering machine to a halt before it cra...
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 05:21 pm
At last, we can all feel safe when we take our credit cards out in public again. In September, a federal judge in San Francisco fined a Taiwanese company $500 million and sentenced its former presiden...
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 10:13 am

The SMTD and the American bias against experts

In late August the Springfield Mass Transit District Board chose as its new executive director a retired Corrections Department internal affairs investigator. The new hire’s qualifications to ru...

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