Monthly Archives: December 2001

Firestone Pulls Out of Decatur

Forty miles to the west-southwest of Champaign-Urbana, a sinkhole is growing, slowly but surely. Its name is Decatur. This city’s economy, always reliant on the manual labor of its residents, has been slowly fading as industry emigrates. One of the … Continue reading

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All the News that Rhymes (Sometimes)

Newspoems have graced the pages of each edition of the public i to date, but Newspoetry was not originally published on newsprint. As a matter of fact, under its web site’s masthead you can sometimes find a quote by Thomas … Continue reading

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Letters from Readers

Dear Public i: During a recent visit, I came across your publication. My first reaction was that your content is not particularly independent, but rather predictable in representing a particular point of view. But that is not why I write. … Continue reading

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Closing the School of the Americas: A Protest Report

Fighting-for-the-living-mourning-for-the-dead protesters march with puppets, banners, masks, and coffins outside the gates of the School of the Americas in Columbus, Georgia. On November 18, nineteen residents of Champaign-Urbana joined over 10,000 people from around the country who had traveled to … Continue reading

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