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Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am

Is a bad tree worse than no tree at all?

 The house came ready-made but the yard didn’t. Thus it was that, in addition to the picket fence and the rose trellis, my parents decided to plant a tree in the front yard. They did this becau
Second Thoughts
Friday, July 18, 2014 12:00 am
It’s a start. The Springfield City Council on July 1 approved extending the existing cable television franchise agreement with Comcast, in spite of the many complaints aldermen receive about
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00 am

How to turn the Y block into a “why not?” block

 “Give it back to the Indians,” I thought when I read the State Journal-Register’s call for ideas about what to do with the YWCA block downtown. “Give it back to nature. Give it to anyone
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:00 am

The settling of the Harris case settles nothing

 Pamela Harris won her case, and the U.S. Supreme Court won another skirmish in its war against the liberal consensus. What Illinois’ disabled and dependent citizens won is less clear.Chicago-a
Second Thoughts
Monday, July 7, 2014 12:00 am
 I noted my recent visit to Donner’s Pass in “Promised lands.” Trains go through that gap as well as trucks and cars, as Kevin Baker, a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, learne
Second Thoughts
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:00 am
 Rahm Emanuel seems determined to see George Lucas’ museum of the visual arts – what one Hyde Parker more accurately describes as “The George Lucas Museum of Perpetual Adolescence” –
Second Thoughts
Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00 am
 In  “Squabbling over the inheritance,” I asked whether the State of Illinois, which governs a commonwealth rich in everything except good government, is capable of responsible stewar
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:00 am

Reflections on Dog Bite Prevention Week

The third week of May every year is Dog Bite Prevention Week. The American Veterinary Medical Association spent that week “educating people about preventing dog bites.” Their time would have been
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:00 am

Did Illinois history begin in 1809 and end in 1865?

 That nice Mr. Madigan, I’m sure, just wants to help. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have not been getting along. Friends of b
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:00 am

It’s time for the 2014 world championships of soccer

 Honestly, I had no idea that anyone was paying attention. I had begun extolling the virtues of soccer as a spectator sport for years (beginning at this paper back in 1977) when most U.S. sports

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