IllinoisTimes - Second Thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-138-1-second-thoughts.html Fri, 04 Sep 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 The diner's demise http://illinoistimes.com/article-16096-the-diners-demise.html The diner's demise
 This week I take up the subject of the demise of the American diner. There are lots of reasons why this is happening, which I didn’t have space to examine in my column. In the big cities ...]]>
Next time you're out of town . . . . http://illinoistimes.com/article-16097-next-time-youre-out-of-town-.html Next time you're out of town . . . .
 As I noted in my previous post – yes, this is a blog, not a column, in spite of what our menu says – I considered the demise of the American diner in my column to be published on September...]]>
Plenty of parking http://illinoistimes.com/article-16014-plenty-of-parking.html Plenty of parking
 Downtown parking was in the news for about five minutes the other day, as it usually is this time of year when the annual Central Area Parking Survey is released by the Springfield-Sangamon Co...]]>
Mirror, mirror . . . http://illinoistimes.com/article-16013-mirror-mirror-.html Mirror, mirror . . .
I have occasionally used my space in this paper to remark on the dearth of the scenic in most of central Illinois. In “Living in three dimensions” I observed in a helpful tone that whatever goo...]]>
Taking the dopes out of doping http://illinoistimes.com/article-16010-taking-the-dopes-out-of-doping.html Taking the dopes out of doping
 In “The needle and the records won“ I tried to make a case that doping in sports in inevitable and unavoidable, and that only cure is, in effect, to make it legal.   We don’t ...]]>
Being boiled alive http://illinoistimes.com/article-15952-being-boiled-alive.html Being boiled alive
Now and then in recent columns, I’ve touched on the risks and the occasional opportunities faced by Illinois as the world’s climate changes. Over at WUIS-FM’s useful news site, three experts ...]]>
You say http://illinoistimes.com/article-15959-you-say.html You say
Words are to a writer what nails are to carpenter or lies to a diplomat. To do your job well you must choose just the right one for the job. I was chagrined today to learn, some 60 years late, that...]]>
Historic commitments http://illinoistimes.com/article-15960-historic-commitments.html Historic commitments
 No loyal son or daughter of Illinois can ignore this pleas from Tara Winter, the Director of Development for the Illinois State Historical Society. ...]]>
West Side Story, then and now http://illinoistimes.com/article-15926-west-side-story-then-and-now.html West Side Story, then and now
In August, the Springfield Muni Opera will stage West Side Story. Directed and choreographed by Anna Bussing, the Broadway classic will play  August 7-8, 13-15 and 20-22. (Curtain at  8:0...]]>
Embarrassing ancestors http://illinoistimes.com/article-15924-embarrassing-ancestors.html Embarrassing ancestors
 In “Naming rights and wrongs,” I discussed, but did not settle, a question raised by Rick Miller of Capitol Fax, to whit, whether government facilities and entities in Illinois should be ...]]>
A beginning for happier endings? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15922-a-beginning-for-happier-endings.html A beginning for happier endings?
 In my 2013 column “Happier endings” I deplored the fact that doctors of patients in the final stages of incurable diseases so often continue to administer invasive or unpleasant treatments...]]>
Civic consciousness http://illinoistimes.com/article-15920-civic-consciousness.html Civic consciousness
 In “Town character,” my recent column about the hometown as hero in mid-Illinois books, I noted that towns, like people, have different personalities. They are born, grow old and die. In ...]]>
Making 2 plus 2 equal 3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15923-making-2-plus-2-equal-3.html Making 2 plus 2 equal 3
 In “The razor blade in the apple” I ventured to dismiss Mr. Rauner’s proposal to exempt local governments from the Prevailing Wage Act, which sets a locally controlled floor for constru...]]>
The late Calhoun, Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-15827-the-late-calhoun-illinois.html The late Calhoun, Illinois
 Recently Rich Miller argued in a post on his Capitol Fax blog site that having a county named as John C. Calhoun, the secessionist Southern senator, was unbecoming to a progressive state. ...]]>
Standard complaint http://illinoistimes.com/article-15759-standard-complaint.html Standard complaint
 In “Merge, right?” and “Honest, officer, I didn’t see it coming,” I ventured the opinion that the State of Illinois does not set the licensing bar for automobile drivers high enough...]]>
Stealing from the rich http://illinoistimes.com/article-15758-stealing-from-the-rich.html Stealing from the rich
In "The razor blade in the apple," I examined Mr. Rauner's proposal to freeze property taxes, exempt local governments from the Prevailing Wage Act and allow those governments to limit wh...]]>
Getting approval http://illinoistimes.com/article-15633-getting-approval.html Getting approval
“No more property tax hikes without taxpayer approval,” preached brother Rauner last year. He pays property taxes in a lot of states, so maybe he forgot that in Illinois most property tax hikes...]]>
A little knowledge . . . Part 7 in a series http://illinoistimes.com/article-15567-a-little-knowledge-part-7-in-a-series.html A little knowledge . . . Part 7 in a series
From a recent report by Doug Finke: "Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont. . .  said property taxes account for most of the complaints fielded by her district office."...]]>
Historic change http://illinoistimes.com/article-15564-historic-change.html Historic change
 The SJ-R’s Doug Finke informs us that Mr. Madigan has had a change of mind, if not of heart, about the best way to organize the State of Illinois’ historic preservation efforts. Good....]]>
Right on right-to-work http://illinoistimes.com/article-15534-right-on-right-to-work.html Right on right-to-work
 They’re having a right-to-exploit -- sorry, "right-to-work” debate in Missouri too, as we learn from a recent dispatch to the Washington Post. A bill embodying measures backed by our Mr. ...]]>
More name-calling http://illinoistimes.com/article-15535-more-name-calling.html More name-calling
 In my 2014 column “Name-calling” I explored the question of whether it is more appropriate to call Springfield residents Springfieldians or Springfielders.” I consider...]]>
Produce to the people http://illinoistimes.com/article-15468-produce-to-the-people.html Produce to the people
 I have a little more about Springfield’s first public market I mentioned in my piece about farmers markets, “Sustainable agriculture.” Produce and meats were sold in a building ere...]]>
Rare specimens http://illinoistimes.com/article-15469-rare-specimens.html Rare specimens
 The nature dioramas at the Illinois State Museum I mentioned in my recent column about such displays “Making dead hyenas come alive”) do not offer the bravura displays of taxidermy &n...]]>
One way is not the best way http://illinoistimes.com/article-15465-one-way-is-not-the-best-way.html One way is not the best way
 In a 2014 column (“Why did the pedestrian not cross the road?”) I noted that merchants and property owners in downtown Springfield had been fretting out loud about automobile drivers – ...]]>
Food fest http://illinoistimes.com/article-15441-food-fest.html Food fest
 As I noted in another post, the topic of this week’s disquisition over at Dyspepsiana is farmers markets. In that piece, I note that such events have grown in popularity to such an extent th...]]>
Farm markets http://illinoistimes.com/article-15439-farm-markets.html Farm markets
 Next week I will be examining the phenomenon of the farmers market. The focus is on Springfield’s Old Capitol market, which has been operating continuously for some 20 years, after some year...]]>
An idea unprecedented in history http://illinoistimes.com/article-15440-an-idea-unprecedented-in-history.html An idea unprecedented in history
 I meant to comment on it the moment I read about it – “it’ being the grand bargain being worked out between Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner that would result in the orphaning of the Li...]]>
Grammar nerdery http://illinoistimes.com/article-15376-grammar-nerdery.html Grammar nerdery
The three or four readers who in 2014 shared my exasperation with the universal use of “for” (see All for one – and ‘for’ for all) might find amusing this mock web quiz at Clickhole inten...]]>
A tree grows in Grandma http://illinoistimes.com/article-15377-a-tree-grows-in-grandma.html A tree grows in Grandma
 Goodness me, has it really been five and a half years? In November, 2009, I devoted a column to new ways of dealing with the fact that when our loved ones go away forever, they leave one last...]]>
Taxing thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/article-15338-taxing-thoughts.html Taxing thoughts
Tomorrow is tax deadline day, which is why the most recent edition of Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States makes such depressing reading.  The left-of-cent...]]>