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Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 12:00 am
Writing two days before Christmas about the theft from Target’s data system of as many as 40 million customer names, card numbers, expiration dates and card security codes, the Chicago Tribune edito
Second Thoughts
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 12:00 am
Over the years I’ve ridden trains of one kind or another as often as I ride horses, and like all passengers have had my share of ideas about how to improve service. Until Illinois gets a genuinely h
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:00 am

Why are drummers the butt of so many jokes?

What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? A drummer.I don’t know why I have always enjoyed drummer jokes. My father is a professional drummer, and a fine one, so one should not read
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 12:00 am
 In “Having fun saving the world” (Nov. 7, 2013) I raised questions about the proposed Kidzeum’s hopes of turning “addressing the following critical issues affecting the health and wellne
Second Thoughts
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 12:00 am
I had a few more thoughts on the subject of town histories. (“What they had to do,” Nov. 27, 2013.) I noted in that piece that the story of any of Springfield civic siblings –Decatur, Champaign
Second Thoughts
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 12:00 am
 A while back I lamented Illinois’ failure to set up its own exchange at which citizens without health insurance might learn about and apply for affordable coverage. Today, Business Insider pro
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:00 am
The headlines all say that the General Assembly has reformed Illinois’ public employee pension system. The headlines lie. Legislators didn’t reform what has become an unworkable system, although t
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:00 am
Bruce Rauner’s term limits referendum lurks like a submerged snag in the Sangamon. (See “Fixing the wrong problem,” Sept. 26, 2013.) Interested readers might want to read this useful summary in
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:00 am

Some diners do not go to restaurants to be entertained

Thinking of oneself as a fogey is so poignant for a boomer, so vested are we in being the nation’s new generation. When we find more and more Xers taking our favorite seats on the bus, we react with
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:00 am

Thanksgiving and the War of 1812 in Illinois

 Thanksgiving is the time of year when some white people serve up a heapin’ dish of guilt. The season reminds us all of the circumstances of the founding of the nation, when it was the white pe


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