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Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:00 am

Should children be permitted in cultural venues?

 While visiting an old friend in Evanston last weekend, I attended a Ceremony of Lessons and Carols at Northwestern University’s Millar Chapel. It was typical of such performances – hard benc
Second Thoughts
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 12:00 am
 I've put this off until the last minute, as so many of us do when it comes to Christmas errands. There's still time, however, to share one of my favorite treats -- Christopher Hitchens on the
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:00 am
This week in my actual column, Dyspepsiana, I recall my time as a tenant in the Ferguson Building at Sixth and Monroe in downtown Springfield. The building is now undergoing redevelopment by new ow
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 12:00 am

Reusing resources doesn’t always add up in Sangamon County

 Saving the world, even this very small part of it, is a tricky business in every sense of the word. Lake Area Disposal is closing its popular recycling drop-off center, at least for a while, aft
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 12:00 am
 At the risk of sounding like a killjoy, I pass along this suggestion for your next Thanksgiving dinner  from the late Christopher Hitchens, which appeared in a 2005 piece in the Wall Stre
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 12:00 am

Memories of a grand Springfield hotel

 I often reflect on the past while washing the dishes – usually, trying to remember where I’d laid the scrub pad that I’d had in my hand a minute ago. But yesterday as I stood at the sink,
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:00 am

Illinois’ difficult history with the Other

 Consider this nightmare scenario. Thousands of religious refugees whose beliefs are radically outside the mainstream, acting with the connivance of compliant politicians, establish a theocracy w
Second Thoughts
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 12:00 am
Last week, Bruce Rauner signed a letter sent jointly by Republican governors to President Obama asking him "respectfully" to suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refugees in the U.S."Res
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:00 am

It’s capital vs. labor again in the Capitol

 The news media, as their name suggests, focus on what is new in the world. Journalism’s only subject is current events – “current” having been defined of late to mean “within the past
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:00 am
Sadly, two weeks after writing a column extolling a senior Illinois Republican for his brave stand on admitting refugees from the horrors of World War II Europe into the U.S., our state is shamed b

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