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Friday, April 12, 2013 02:03 pm
In noting the recent death of Rich Shereikis, I neglected to note what was perhaps his best work as a critic. In his review of Alan Ehrenhalt’s The Lost City, Rich exposed the nostalgia that so often masquerades as retrospective sociology. That book espoused what the author called “Forgotten Virtues of ...
Friday, April 12, 2013 11:57 am
It’s tax time, and as I write, last-minute filers across Springfield are huddled over dining tables, poring through store receipts and bank books looking for deductions that might reduce the cost of being a citizen. One of the most popular is the deduction of money paid in interest on one’s house mortgage. Back in 2009, I griped about the folly of mortgage interest deduction or MI...
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 01:55 pm
Double A from Madison, WI Torch Tuesday at Bar None continues to expand tonight, presenting three artists from Madison WI. Check out video from DB Cooper, Double A and Michael Medall below and come out later on for the most consistent hip-hop party in town.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 01:15 pm
It’s tax time, and the hunt for deductions is on. Back in 2009, I griped about the folly of the federal tax subsidy to home owners in my column, “Just extra money.” The deduction for home mortgage interest favors families spending more money on more house, because the more they pay in interest, the more they reduce their taxable i...
Monday, April 8, 2013 01:46 pm
I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that a company that runs stores called Country Markets built a new one in the middle of Springfield that sits on the street like a roadside vegetable stand. In March, Steve Patterson, a St. Louis architect who blogged about the project at UrbanD...
Saturday, April 6, 2013 10:12 am
Springfield music fans bemoaning a lack of variety in local concert offerings can go ahead and bite their tongues on this particular evening as a former Bon Iver collaborator and a balls-out thrash metal show each prepare to take downtown stages. Field Report
The Hoogland Center for the Arts, via Bedrock 66, is playing host to
Friday, April 5, 2013 07:14 pm
I recently made a case ("Nurse, Nurse!") for the liberalization of the State of Illinois rules that restrict what nurse practitioners can do. A lot of people don’t know exactly what a nurse practitioner is, thanks to the unfortunate title he or she bears. A nurse practitioner by any other name would be better described. The term “...
Thursday, April 4, 2013 06:23 am
L-R: Dave Baker, Jeff Williams and Brian Tober, ca. 1980s (photo courtesy Bill Tober) Known to many as a devoted family man and passionate educator, Dave Baker was also renowned for his antic personality and love for all things punk. When he passed away suddenly last week from natural causes, the Springfield-area music scene lost one of its greatest provocateurs and enthusiasts, a veritabl...

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