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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:00 am

A bookseller who outdid expectations

WOODROW J. SHADID, SR. June 29, 1922-Oct. 4, 2018A bookseller who outdid expectationsShadid’s Book Mart, Springfield’s legendary downtown bookstore, outdid the expectations of most local observers
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 12:00 am
 I am taking a break from regular column-writing, but I might from time to time alert readers to columns of the sort I might have written or wished I could write on topics of moment.I ran across
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Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 12:00 am

After a thousand columns, it’s time for a break

 This week’s column is the 1,000th to appear under my name in this paper, and I’ve decided it’s time to take a break from weekly opinion-mongering. After so many essays, even I am getting t
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Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 12:00 am

The newest draft city plan is a good one

 The Springfield city council has before it a draft of a new comprehensive city plan, City of Springfield Comprehensive Plan, “Forging a New Legacy,” intended to guide development in the capi
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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

Is state government ready for Armageddon?

 Oh dear – the North Koreans are threatening the United States with a preemptive nuclear strike. In November, Kim Jong-un ordered a test launch of the Hwasong-15 missile, which has the potentia
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Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:00 am

Logan Hay, once Springfield’s best-known citizen, is forgotten

 The Illinois Bicentennial looms. In the Illinois that exists, the Rauner administration looks forward to beer parties and pantomime shows. In the Illinois of my daydreams, historians scribble aw
Second Thoughts
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 12:00 am
For no particular reason, and for every reason in the world, I thought I'd share with you something H. L. Mencken wrote almost a century that could have been--should have been -- written yesterday.As
Second Thoughts
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 12:00 am
 I'm working on a column about the life of Springfield attorney and public citizen Logan Hay.Most of today’s Springfieldians who have heard of Logan Hay know him because his name was attached
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Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:00 am

The dead still have things to teach us

 Cemeteries are not only places to park dead uncles while they await their maker. They also are, or were, parks, picnic grounds, trysting places, settings for patriotic rituals and party venues f
Second Thoughts
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 12:00 am
I'm writing about cemeteries this week.My focus is Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery, world-famous for being the final (one hopes) resting place of Lincoln and his family. But anyone who's driven in


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