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Second Thoughts
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 am
I have been writing about Springfield local government since the Great Satan in the White House was a Republican. During that time, able and earnest citizens sat down to recommend improvements to e
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 am
 In my recent piece about the challenges facing the Sangamon County Citizens Efficiency Commission, I noted that the adoption of township government in the 1850s, which has been intended to enh
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 am

The CEC pushes government into the 20th century

 The citizens panel gathered to find what it called opportunities for economy in the provision of public services in Springfield and Sangamon County. Upon investigation, they found that the cemet
Second Thoughts
Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 am
Thanks to Jared Bernstein for alerting me – us – to a speech delivered by Larry Summers, President Emeritus of Harvard University, Chief Economist at the World Bank, Clinton-era Secretary of the
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Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Basing representation on demography, not geography

 In a country where people of like social class (and thus political views) tend to huddle together like bison in a blizzard, defining the geographical reach of a given legislative district goes a
Second Thoughts
Friday, April 4, 2014 12:00 am
Thinking about epistolary romancing for last week's column (Please mister postman), I wondered, Do romantic emails excite the same kind of response as the old-fashioned love letter? I used to t
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Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:00 am

The pleasures and perils of the epistolary romance

 Just when I thought I could learn to forget herRight through the door come a tear-stained letter.– “Tear-stained Letter,” Richard Thompson“We will go out and write poetry in red chalk on
Second Thoughts
Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00 am
 Whatever one thinks of him – and I made clear in Price of Demagogues that I think that his ambition consistently outran his judgment – Stephen A. Douglas was a singular character. John Mas

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