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Second Thoughts
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 12:00 am
I mentioned in my recent remembrance of John Garvey that I had known him for nearly 50 years. I met him when I was 18 years old. The folly of Vietnam had become alarmingly plain, I was facing the d
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:00 am

Father John Garvey, late of Springfield, dies at 70

  “Agnostic though you are you should pray for his health,” John urged me when he heard that critic and essayist Clive James was suffering from cancer. “After [the deaths of Chris
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:00 am

The new guv’s remarks on salaries don’t add up

 “We’re going to pay what we need to bring in talented people,” said Illinois’ new governor to reporters on Jan. 23. He was defending the many six-figure salaries he’s offered to t
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 12:00 am
 In “Insult with wit,” my paean to the lost art of invective, I noted that while the mature Lincoln did not stoop to invective. This was partly fastidiousness, partly because (as Joseph Med
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 12:00 am
 In response to no public demand whatsoever, I took up as my column topic this week (“Masters of the new machine,” out February 5) our new governor’s interesting remarks on public sector
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 12:00 am
 I have more to say about the late Lee Sandlin, whose work I extolled in “A poet of fact.” For decades Lee seemed doomed to be another of those writers who is famous for not being known
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:00 am

Our feathered friends are trying to tell us something

 The stout birders of Springfield set out just after New Year’s Day again this year to count birds because, really, what else is there to do this time of year? During what was the 80th such cen
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:00 am

The lessons of Illinois’ historic sites history

 For those who don’t know the story, here’s what happened. Politically connected Springfieldians undertake to put more of the city’s long-hidden Lincoln legacy on display to new generations

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