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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
Second Thoughts
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 am
We learned on 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 for $150,000 per year for 10 year
Second Thoughts
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 am
 For those on the evangelical right who are dismayed that there is not enough God in the Donald Trump campaign, I offer this on the GOP convention from the always interesting Tyler Cowen:They are
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:00 am

Cutting costs does not necessarily cut waste

 An old rule of thumb among business owners holds that half of all the money they spend on advertising is wasted. The problem is no one knows which half. The question of waste in government spend
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:00 am

Illinois needs a new state song for a new era

 You know how some songs seem just right for the moment? Charles H. Chamberlain and Archibald Johnston’s isn’t. The state of Illinois made their “Illinois” the official state song in 1925
Second Thoughts
Friday, July 1, 2016 12:00 am
 A follow-up to a follow-up: I recently noted (see "Ask the kids") that School District 186 has begun the process of devising a formal process for renaming district facilities. Is it a pr

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