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Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 12:16 am

What are they good for?

 Missouri can be a weird place.When I lived there, I attended, more than once, the annual International He-Man Conclave in Butts, a tiny burg 100 miles southwest of St. Louis. It was great fun an...
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 12:19 am

Gardner Township and 11th Street go different directions

 The Last Chance Saloon in Salisbury, like the unincorporated village surrounding it, is a small place, lacking both paved parking and pretension.On a recent Monday, there is lament at the lack o...
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 12:17 am

Look before making Ward 2 a dumping ground. Again.

 Last week’s “town hall” meeting on a proposed 11th Street homeless shelter reeked of check-a-box.No one disagrees: There are too many homeless folks in Springfield and too little is being...
Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:17 am

Hello voting booth

 For the first time in nearly two hours, I heard a voice, over a loudspeaker, speak English.“Would Mr. Rushton please report to security?” There was no Spanish accent. I did not respond.Minut...
Friday, July 19, 2019 12:02 pm

Charity lays off folks it should help

 Life’s too short to look like a homeless person. That’s why I shop at Goodwill.Norwegian split-toe bluchers by Alden. Shell cordovan. Ben Silver button-downs, Brioni trousers and oxford clot...
Thursday, July 11, 2019 12:16 am

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

“Their actions following their victory were not what…fans have come to expect from their champions,” the head of the sport’s sanctioning body said afterward, calling the celebratory behavior �...
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:22 am

Opening up government, one lawsuit at a time

 It being Independence Day, let’s celebrate government that’s supposed to be of the people and by the people, even in Illinois.When founding fathers created America nearly 250 years ago, the...
Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:16 am

Triathlon dies in Petersburg

 I am as much a fan of triathlon as I am of watching paint dry.As colored latex crusts, you say, “Looky there,” then cook up another toasted-cheese-and-bacon sandwich, which I’m told is to...
Friday, June 21, 2019 02:27 pm

Then let’s talk

Two decades after Al Gore may or may not have claimed credit for inventing the internet, I wonder whether Benjamin Franklin, who invented a lot of things, would have wanted the honor.I say this after ...
Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:17 am

Then let’s talk

 Two decades after Al Gore may or may not have claimed credit for inventing the internet, I wonder whether Benjamin Franklin, who invented a lot of things, would have wanted the honor.I say this...

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