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Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:18 am

Confessions of a hog buyer

 My first motorcycle was a 1975 Honda Goldwing, unless you count the summer when I occasionally rode a 1973 Honda CL350 that didn’t always start, which wasn’t a bad thing, given I had no driv...
Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:29 am

So let’s form a commission

 Tree care at my house is easy.In the front yard is a dogwood, which largely takes care of itself. Not too big, not too small, grows slow and perhaps fools passersby into thinking some thought wa...
Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:16 am

One’s OK, the other, well...

 As keggers go, a shindig last Saturday at the Pasfield House was fancier than most – no Solo cups or loud music, and the kegs were pressurized, so no pumping.But some things never change. Doze...
Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:16 am

Audit shows problems with hoops tourney

 We knew it all along,That, in a nutshell, is what Springfield School District 186 is saying about a forensic audit released last week that confirms tons of problems surrounding the high school b...
Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:15 am

Such a lovely place

I’ll believe a $56 million hotel is coming to downtown when I’m sipping pink champagne at the promised rooftop bar.Proponents have secured $7.65 million in tax increment financing money from a cit...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:14 am

I’ll take the bus

The Wall Street Journal last week made clear what folks who’ve been paying attention have long known: Passenger trains between St. Louis and Chicago aren’t living up to promises.We were supposed t...
Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:16 am

Housing cop catches violations

 The night before Thanksgiving, I accompanied my neighbor Connie to a meeting of the Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission.The city had gone ga-ga over her backyard fence, which was built ye...
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 12:18 am

Are recycling bins a good thing?

Many years ago, I attended a seminar on solid waste, aka garbage.The confab was somewhere north of Chicago, the paper where I worked was in Tacoma, somewhere south of Seattle, where a garbage company...
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 12:17 am

Life on the east side

 Ward 3 Ald. Doris Turner squawked when Nadine Wright, a write-in candidate for her city council seat, spoke for two minutes at Tuesday’s council meeting.Wright complained about litter, crime a...
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 12:17 am

Politics, the Y block and puppies

 Last week’s forums for aldermanic candidates sponsored by Inner City Older Neighborhoods were equally bemusing, informative and maddening. Ward 1 Ald. Chuck “MIA” Redpath was the only incu...


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