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Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am

A lot of people are not happy where they live

To borrow a phrase, all happy cities are alike; each unhappy city is unhappy in its own way. To learn a bit about what those unhappy ways are, three economists at Harvard and the University of British...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:01 am

Can fishy fads rid the Illinois of silver carp?

 It is satisfying to contemplate that unbridled capitalism might in some cases be harnessed to rectify the damage done by unbridled capitalism. In recent weeks commercial fishing on the Illinois...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield’s oral history tradition

 In “Squabbling over the inheritance” (June 12), I lamented the fact that the Illinois State Historical Library, which has collected and preserved materials on the state’s political, social...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am

Is a bad tree worse than no tree at all?

 The house came ready-made but the yard didn’t. Thus it was that, in addition to the picket fence and the rose trellis, my parents decided to plant a tree in the front yard. They did this becau...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:01 am

How to turn the Y block into a “why not?” block

 “Give it back to the Indians,” I thought when I read the State Journal-Register’s call for ideas about what to do with the YWCA block downtown. “Give it back to nature. Give it to anyone...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:01 am

The settling of the Harris case settles nothing

 Pamela Harris won her case, and the U.S. Supreme Court won another skirmish in its war against the liberal consensus. What Illinois’ disabled and dependent citizens won is less clear.Chicago-a...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am

Looking back while going over the Donner Pass

 During four Junes since 1994 I’ve moved to and from Illinois and the West Coast. On that first trip, orange and yellow U-Haul and Penske rental trucks settled on the big roads by the hundreds,...
Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:01 am

Reflections on Dog Bite Prevention Week

The third week of May every year is Dog Bite Prevention Week. The American Veterinary Medical Association spent that week “educating people about preventing dog bites.” Their time would have been...
Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:01 am

Did Illinois history begin in 1809 and end in 1865?

 That nice Mr. Madigan, I’m sure, just wants to help. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have not been getting along. Friends of b...
Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:01 am

It’s time for the 2014 world championships of soccer

 Honestly, I had no idea that anyone was paying attention. I had begun extolling the virtues of soccer as a spectator sport for years (beginning at this paper back in 1977) when most U.S. sports...

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