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Second Thoughts
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 12:00 am
 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
Second Thoughts
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 12:00 am
I'm not sure that everyone loves a parade but I do--as a subject. I wrote two columns about the parade that kicks off the Illinois State Fair each year.  This one appeared in our paper of A
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:00 am

A dumb old fad gets – a little – smarter

 The wonderful thing about getting older is watching people falling for the same cons their grandparents did. The Philippines invasion became Vietnam became Iraq. Trump is Buchanan again, who was
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:00 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
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 12:00 am

Recalling the broken promise of the PCCC

 We learned July 18 that the directors of the Prairie Capital Convention Center approved the sale of naming rights to the building to the Bank of Springfield. Mike Coffey Jr., chairman of the boa
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:00 am

Are the Rauners giving Illinois a mansion it really wants?

You know how it is. You repaint the living room, and suddenly the furniture looks shabby. So you replace that, which makes the carpet look worn. Over on Jackson Street, they finally fixed the leaky ro
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:00 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
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:00 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
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:00 am
 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
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 am

Doing good by doing nothing

 I know that my life makes you nervousBut I tell you that I can’t live in serviceLike the doctor born for a purpose— The Clash/”Rudie Can’t Fail”Critical though I feel obliged to be of

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