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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 12:16 am
 There is power in names. That is something of which former Illinois Congressman Paul Findley was keenly aware. Findley, a Republican from Jacksonville, died last month at age 98. Findley, who se...
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 12:11 am
The Amazon burns, urged on by Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, an elected official who is all-consuming, literally. I do not understand why we continue to elect Neros to positions of power, to lea...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 12:14 am

First year a good test for the future of the Y Block

 It would seem as if Springfield’s new favorite night this summer was Thursday. If you weren’t at the weekly Knights of Columbus Mega Jackpot drawing, you were likely out with family and frie...
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 12:13 am
 I wouldn’t consider myself a gambler. I never learned to play cards, my poker face is the exact opposite of Lady Gaga’s and a night at the horse races never elicited much interest from me. H...
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 12:16 am
Santa Fe, Texas – Last week, I sat in this small Texas town and listened to a mother tell me how a gunman killed her son as he hunkered in a classroom closet. Her boy was one of 10 people killed in...
Thursday, July 11, 2019 12:12 am
June 1 of this year was the 98th anniversary of the annihilation of Greenwood, a community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as the “Black Wall Street.”  Following the massacre of African-Americans b...
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:14 am

The church’s influence has waned

 After being elected to the Illinois legislature in 1936, Richard J. Daley would do the same thing every morning in Springfield.The future mayor of Chicago would kneel and a priest would intone:...
Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:12 am
A few months ago, the federal debt we have accumulated over the past decades crossed the $22 trillion mark. That’s a record. And it’s surely not going to be the last.According to Congressional Bud...


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