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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:08 am
This was an interesting year that’s just concluding, wasn’t it? And here’s the thing: I suspect 2018 will be just as intriguing.Let’s start with some good news. The economy had a good year in...
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 12:18 am

Spending for police and fire is out of control

The city of Springfield’s pending financial disaster is much more a problem of priorities, and less a problem of revenue. Informal comments already suggest that there is nothing left to cut, but the...
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 12:14 am
 In case you hadn’t noticed, the world has changed. That, according to Darren J. Root, superintendent of the Auburn public schools, in a recent op-ed for the SJ-R. Superintendent Root noted tha...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:17 am
As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt...
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:14 am
 One of the gifts of living in a representative democracy is that voting is only one of the rights it confers. For ordinary people who want to make change – who in some way want to alter their...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:17 am

Politics often gets in the way

 I have some experience with economic development efforts in Springfield. This backstory lends credence to my cynicism about why the new economic development corporation, formed in response to th...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:11 am

A diplomat, who served in Saigon 50 years ago, asks, ‘Have we learned any lessons?’

 The opening statement in the Burns-Novick TV documentary series is accurate. The U.S. was overconfident, its policy was based on a fateful misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict and the U.S. f...
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:16 am
 When Springfield City Council members repeatedly accept large campaign contributions from the same serial donors year after year, they invariably compromise their impartiality and subordinate th...

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