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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:28 am
 My column about drummer jokes in December made significant mention of Springfield native son and drummer, Barrett Deems.   I am informed by UIS Auditorium Director Bob Vaughn that...
Monday, March 17, 2014 12:51 pm
About a year ago, in a column titled, "What was that again?" I noted that people who learn words solely from books are prey to pronouncing them the way they look -- which, unfortunately, is not al...
Friday, March 14, 2014 10:57 am
 The Tide Rises, the Tide Fallsby Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   The tide rises, the tide falls, The twilight darkens, the curlew calls; Along the sea-sands damp and brown Th...
Thursday, March 6, 2014 04:50 pm
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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....

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