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Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 08:45 am
 The State Journal-Register today offers a useful retrospective on the evolution of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site by Tara McClellan McAndrew. ("Protecting Lincoln's legacy in his n...
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 05:08 pm
I am obliged to Steve Benen for pointing out the results of the newest Washington Post/ABC News poll. While Hillary Clinton has only a  modest advantage over Donald Trump -- 46% to 43% --&nb...
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 02:14 pm
Reuters confirms what began to look inevitable some years go: According to official data from both states, Houston's growing population is expected to exceed that of Chicago within 8 to 10 years, mak...
Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 04:30 pm
 This caught my eye the other day. ““The conspirators against our liberties who have been admitted from abroad through the liberality of our institutions, are now organized in every part of...
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 02:28 pm
 I am on a Bruce Rauner fast, during which I have foresworn insulting our new governor. So I will instead refer you to Guardian columnist Jeb Lund’s recent appreciation of Mr. Rauner’s rol...
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 05:30 pm
 As I noted in my previous post – yes, this is a blog, not a column, in spite of what our menu says – I considered the demise of the American diner in my column to be published on September...
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 05:07 pm
 This week I take up the subject of the demise of the American diner. There are lots of reasons why this is happening, which I didn’t have space to examine in my column. In the big cities ...
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 03:48 pm
 Downtown parking was in the news for about five minutes the other day, as it usually is this time of year when the annual Central Area Parking Survey is released by the Springfield-Sangamon Co...
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 09:46 am
I have occasionally used my space in this paper to remark on the dearth of the scenic in most of central Illinois. In “Living in three dimensions” I observed in a helpful tone that whatever goo...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 05:23 pm
 In “The needle and the records won“ I tried to make a case that doping in sports in inevitable and unavoidable, and that only cure is, in effect, to make it legal.   We don’t ...


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