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Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:25 am

The Y Block and Yasgur’s farm

 We are arriving, this year, at some important anniversaries.Already, we have observed one. The big day having passed, D-Day, 75th Anniversary: A Millennials Guide, is on steep discount at Amazon...
Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:14 am

Beware of lawmakers bearing gifts

 Reading through the recently approved state capital plan is a bit like going on a 362-page Easter egg hunt.Roof repairs. Window replacement. Wastewater infrastructure improvements. Road construc...
Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:16 am
 I like kitsch as much as anyone, but I’m not digging the Lincoln-and-some-guy statue freshly installed at the entrance to Abe World.It’s not an uncommon reaction to the works of J. Seward Jo...
Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:21 am
 With GateHouse Media, owner of the State Journal-Register, things could always be worse.Five news reporters are left at Springfield’s daily newspaper – three times that number were employed...
Thursday, May 16, 2019 12:17 am

There's a better way than this

 If Gov. J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers who back legal pot have to wait until next year, it will be their own fault. And we might be better off.With less than a month left in the legislative session...
Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:25 am

Locals write definitive horseshoe history

 It was fitting, really, that I was handed an advance copy of Springfield’s Celebrated Horseshoe Sandwich in a McDonald’s parking lot.They don’t serve horseshoes at the Golden Arches, of co...
Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:16 am

Route 66 gets ready for its closeup

It is, at once, the world’s most famous road and our most mysterious.Lesser thoroughfares such as Bourbon Street or the Champs Elysees are easy to find. But Route 66 is more like the Silk Road, an a...
Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:15 am

University sued by former player

 With fewer than 1,000 students, Quincy University isn’t big. At nearly $41,000 a year for tuition, room and board, it isn’t cheap. And with 19 sports in a break-even athletic department that...
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...

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