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Second Thoughts
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 12:00 am
 In my recent babbling about which collective noun best describes residents of Springfield, I explored which of the word endings "-ian" or "-er" was most appropriate to attach to the word Spr
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Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:00 am

What do you call Springfield residents?

 Many years ago, when the creeks ran clear  and deer roamed free in the wooded groves of downtown Springfield, I was leaving Lanphier Park after watching the Springfield Redbirds play a ball
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:00 am
A couple of week ago Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced his intention to introduce legislation to cut the corporate state income tax rate – that is, the rate applied to business prof
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Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:00 am

Should people change the people’s government?

 Proposals to change the Illinois Constitution, I’ve noticed, are like UFO sightings: They tend to come in bunches. At the moment, the skies above Springfield are filled with strange apparition
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
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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
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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
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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

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