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Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 12:20 am

Sen. Durbin urges opening the door a crack for the Syrians

 The United States should accept 100,000 refugees from the ghastly violence in Syria, said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin recently. More than half of that nation’s people have been driven from their hom...
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 12:20 am

Baseball playoffs can’t determine the best team in baseball

 As you might have heard, the merry band of ball players disguised as Chicago Cubs won for themselves a chance to go to the World Series this year as one of the two best teams in American profess...
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 12:19 am
 The negotiations and the sales push behind Washington’s latest (and biggest) “free trade” agreement amounts to Kabuki theater.What theater? Kabuki. It’s a 17th-century form of Japanese d...
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:22 am

Has the governor taken the wrong guy hostage?

 Trust me, readers, I am no more eager to write another column about the closing of the Illinois State Museum than you are to read it. I have been moved to do it because the most important aspect...
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 12:20 am

Illinois buys Con-Agra a house-warming gift

 Well, looks like we got taken again by a big out-of-town jasper. The Omaha-based processed food giant Con-Agra – parent of Chef Boyardee, Swiss Miss and other take-in fast foods – is moving...
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 12:21 am

Dead poets are better remembered in books than buildings

 The only class of people less happy to confront dead writers than high school sophomores are probably mayors. Dead writers cause more trouble in their hometowns than even the most factious of th...
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 12:22 am

The fear of immigration in Illinois belies the facts

 Brother Trump is the savior come to rescue America, in the opinion of a majority of self-identified Republicans. On the stump he works crowds into a fever with his perorations against immigrants...
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 12:29 am

Preparing children for this world and the next is tricky

Ordinarily I would not trouble the Roman Catholic church with my opinions. Its sacred books are divinely inspired; my columns, alas, are not. I would happily take my nose out of the church’s busines...
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 12:01 am

The classic American diner is dying

 A few years ago, I met an old pal from Springfield in Chicago. We grabbed a bite at the Marquette Inn, the ground-floor diner named after the magnificent 1895 Loop building of that name which ho...
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 12:19 am

New kinds of cars promise new kinds of parking lots

 Me and parking lots, we go back a long way. I’ve written at least seven columns over the years damning as unwise the undevelopment of downtown Springfield to make spaces for cars. The first on...

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