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In the 19th century, votes were bought not by money but by whiskey. A keg would be set up outside each polling place on election day, and the more generous a candidates was with the ladle the bette...
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 09:55 am
The tax-reform proposal recently unveiled by Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been praised by even Democratic-leaning commentators such as Jonathan Chait as “maybe th...
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:43 am
More on the politics of water rate increases. (See also "Demanding answers.") I addressed the issue in this paper back in 1988, when Springfield also was suffering through a protracted dry spell....
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 01:03 pm

Student recitation contest

 Poetry Out Loud is a national contest for teens that challenges them to eloquently recite poems aloud by memory. The Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts cosponsor the annual...
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 07:08 pm
 In a 2013 piece that was harder to write than it is to read, I remembered my good friend and long-time I contributor Rich Shereikis, who died of advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 75....

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