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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 11:55 am
Last week I remarked on a pretty good new book about corn and the Midwest from the U of I Press. (See “Where corn is god.”) I didn’t know it then, but when I became a magazine journalist ...
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 03:26 pm
 Back in June of 2015, in “The Razor blade in the apple,” I speculated about the likely effects if passed of Mr. Rauner’s ballyhooed property tax freeze. Among its provisions, the Rauner ...
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 09:08 am
 In my 2013 column, "Throwing in the towel," I talked about the several proposals then on the table to treat elite college athletes like the semi-pros they really are. New York's Jonathan...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 04:25 pm
I touched on only only a fraction of the issues regarding recycling in my recent column on that topic. The market for recycled materials is down, which is putting private recyclers under financia...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 02:09 pm
 A few further thoughts triggered by my recent column about the hoped-for restoration to health of the Ferguson Building at 6th and Monroe in downtown Springfield: The federal taxpayer signi...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:31 am
 In a recent column I described the razing in 1978 of the Hotel Abraham Lincoln. Readers interested to learn more about this consummate act of stupidity might enjoy this piece I wrote a few weeks...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 01:02 am
 For years, sagacious observers have warned that the real treat to prosperity in Illinois is not high taxes or low politics but stagnant population growth. I addressed the issue in a 2014 colum...
Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 01:07 pm
 This is week in my print column I dusted off a column from my old Prejudices series that recalls the demolition in 1978 of the Hotel Abraham Lincoln. I was pleased therefore  to learn that ...
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 12:00 pm
 I've put this off until the last minute, as so many of us do when it comes to Christmas errands. There's still time, however, to share one of my favorite treats -- Christopher Hitchens on the ...
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 11:47 am
This week in my actual column, Dyspepsiana, I recall my time as a tenant in the Ferguson Building at Sixth and Monroe in downtown Springfield. The building is now undergoing redevelopment by new ow...

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