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Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 12:18 pm
 The more things change, the more they stay the same. Thirty-six years ago, Springfield's mayor was Mike Houston, and the Illinois State Fair was, well, what the fair has always been. I wrote ab...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 11:33 am
Appropriate for the Olympics season is this very interesting piece from Scientific American, "Magic Blood and Carbon-Fiber Legs at the Brave New Olympics," in which Daid Epstein addresses ...
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 03:09 pm
There’s nothing really new where Woody Allen’s 48th film, Café Society is concerned and that’s fine.  While other directors are certainly guilty of covering the same ground more than onc...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 03:44 pm
 Paula Marantz Cohen of Drexel University hold argues in the online magazine The Smart Set why long-dead writer/critic/commentator H.L. Mencken remains as relevant as ever. She recalls HLM on ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 08:56 am
 In “The burdens of office” I recalled my inglorious tenure as president of Springfield High School’s Interact (a combination of  “international” and “action”) Club in the 19...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 08:44 am
In “Wasted,” I lamented the fact that the Illinois public has so little basis on which to judge the merit in that perennial complaint that our tax money is being wasted by grasping public emplo...
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:30 pm
 For those on the evangelical right who are dismayed that there is not enough God in the Donald Trump campaign, I offer this on the GOP convention from the always interesting Tyler Cowen:They are...

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