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Second Thoughts
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 12:00 am
 A reformer talks education:  “With the advent of democracy and modern industrial conditions, it is impossible  to foretell definitely just what civilization will be twenty year
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 12:00 am

Dragooning jurors to serve justice is unjust

 The United States ended military conscription in 1973, but draft-dodgers still roam the land – ordinary citizens drafted involuntarily into service as trial jurors by the courts. Many objectio
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:00 am

What are the statues on the Capitol lawn for?

 On Jan. 9, Rich Miller of CapitolFax took a break from chronicling Illinois lawmakers who ought to be forgotten to ask a queston on his blog about one who ought to be remembered: Should there be
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:00 am

The legend of the Statehouse cornerstone

Atheists don’t expect to rise from the dead, but one famous dead agnostic came up, as it were, when I was reflecting last week on the fear and loathing that atheists excite among some Illinoisans. A
Second Thoughts
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 12:00 am
When we left Hemant Mehta, he was still trying to get someone in Morton Grove — anyone — to accept his money. the $3,000 in donations. As I noted in my column last week, Mehta had asked readers
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:00 am

A small town protects itself against an atheist plot

What in the name of Joe McCarthy is going on up north? In case you didn’t read about it, here’s what’s happened so far. In October, American Legion Post 134 in the Cook County town of Morton Gro
Second Thoughts
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 12:00 am
My recent column decrying the rise of the all-purpose preposition moved faithful reader John Garvey to share. “I've been noticing, especially on radio, that the word ‘an’ is nearing extincti
Second Thoughts
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 12:00 am
My recent column complaining about the pension “reform” plan cobbled together by the General Assembly annoyed some readers. One reader asked whether, when I was young and did not get a toy I wante

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