IllinoisTimes - Second Thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-138-1-second-thoughts.html Wed, 26 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Unholy matrimony http://illinoistimes.com/article-18923-unholy-matrimony.html Unholy matrimony
A few afterthoughts occasioned by my column "On not doing wrong." To the unbeliever, the particular opprobrium with which Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki regards gay marriage is pu...]]>
Into the woods http://illinoistimes.com/article-18878-into-the-woods.html Into the woods
In "Underground movements" I discussed some novels new solutions to the very old problem of how to dispose of human remains.The same question has been vexing New York Times commentator Ric...]]>
The world out-imagines Orwell http://illinoistimes.com/article-18876-the-world-out-imagines-orwell.html The world out-imagines Orwell
The English novelist Christopher Fowler ruminates to good effect in this blog post about George Orwell's novel, 1984.Orwell could never have predicted Trump. The fall of real authority came with the ...]]>
Making do without http://illinoistimes.com/article-18851-making-do-without.html Making do without
Some further thoughts that I couldn't squeeze into this week's column on higher education.It is amazing how many of the men and women now honored as great Illinoisans managed to become so without b...]]>
Ben Sasse -- who? -- on higher ed http://illinoistimes.com/article-18850-ben-sasse-who-on-higher-ed.html Ben Sasse -- who? -- on higher ed
This week in my Dyspepsiana column I lament that, for all his talk about structural reforms in Illnoius’ system of public higher education, Bruce Rauner has no idea what needs to be to really chan...]]>
Medicaid in emergency care? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18827-medicaid-in-emergency-care.html Medicaid in emergency care?
Jordan Weissman of Slate sums up Republican senators' proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act.  Medicaid is America's largest health insurance program by enrollment. It covers 62 milli...]]>
Seeing your name in print http://illinoistimes.com/article-18803-seeing-your-name-in-print.html Seeing your name in print
 A pleasant surprise today -- a box full of copies of my new book, fresh from the printer. After some 40 years, the thrill of seeing one's name in print has faded, but I confess that openin...]]>
Golf, of course http://illinoistimes.com/article-18747-golf-of-course.html Golf, of course
Chicago Highlands' 5th hole. Photo from Golf AdvisorThis week I wrote about golf, more specifically about golf courses in and around Illinois. Among them are Chicago Highlands in suburban Westchest...]]>
A downtown action park? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18722-a-downtown-action-park.html A downtown action park?
 As I discuss at length in “Park-ing problems,” the Rauner-backed North Mansion Y-Block Development Group NFP has proposed to fill the vacant Y block with a block-square park whose main fe...]]>
Will Baumol http://illinoistimes.com/article-18663-will-baumol.html Will Baumol
 Will Baumol died on May 4. He is the economist who conceived of the concept of “cost disease.” An  interesting man and an important thinker. He is obituarized here and his ideas are ...]]>
Pork bellies -- and much else -- explained http://illinoistimes.com/article-18600-pork-bellies-and-much-else-explained.html Pork bellies -- and much else -- explained
 In "The hog and I" (April 20, 2017) I recalled a magazine article I wrote in 1982 about the hog industry. It was a fun piece, but the information in it is badly dated; the funniest bit is wher...]]>
Making Illinois sick again http://illinoistimes.com/article-18603-making-illinois-sick-again.html Making Illinois sick again
The antics of Congressional Republicans trying to vandalize the Affordable Care Act are outside my brief here at Illinois Times, except to the extent that they threaten to do harm to Illinoisans. Happ...]]>
Breaking news: Trumps misreads the law http://illinoistimes.com/article-18604-breaking-news-trumps-misreads-the-law.html Breaking news: Trumps misreads the law
 Donald Trump's bluster about penalizing "sanctuary cities" such as Chicago by withholding federal funds that have nowt to do with immigration is based on his assertion that such cities violat...]]>
Palmer remembers http://illinoistimes.com/article-18516-palmer-remembers.html Palmer remembers
 In  “Historic omissions” (April 6, 2017) I praised Carlinville’s John M. Palmer as a memoirist. He published his Perrsonal Recollections: The Story of an Earnest Life (Robert Clark...]]>
The nine-inning version http://illinoistimes.com/article-18449-the-nine-inning-version.html The nine-inning version
The piece about the Springfield Redbirds that appeared in the paper on March 23, 2017, was shortened by rain, so to speak. Readers interested in the complete version will find it here, as it appear...]]>
What migrants? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18425-what-migrants.html What migrants?
 A skeptical reader wondered how the Trumpish crackdown on unpapered immigrants might hurt Illinois agriculture, as I argued it would in "Absolutely ridiculous." More than 70 percent of...]]>
City vs. countryside http://illinoistimes.com/article-18369-city-vs-countryside.html City vs. countryside
The current Atlantic Monthly, staff writer David A. Graham, explores an issue that I've addressed from time to time in an Illinois context -- that the real division in the U.S. is not betwe...]]>
Handsome ghosts http://illinoistimes.com/article-18370-handsome-ghosts.html Handsome ghosts
 You really ought to go see "Shifting Sands: Springfield's Architectural Legacy, Part 2," a photographic portrait of a changing Springfield. Co-curated by the excellent Erika Holst, a regula...]]>
Fake issue http://illinoistimes.com/article-18366-fake-issue.html Fake issue
 In this week’s column I wondered out loud about the question of the day: If the federales succeed in banishing all undocumented immigrants from Illinois, would that be a good thing or a bad ...]]>
Making it up about Chicago http://illinoistimes.com/article-18315-making-it-up-about-chicago.html Making it up about Chicago
Frustrated that you are reliant on lyin' reporters to fact-check assertions by our lyin' politicians? Ever wonder how the pros decide whether a claim is mis-stated, misleading or downright false?Gua...]]>
Budget talk doesn't add up http://illinoistimes.com/article-18314-budget-talk-doesnt-add-up.html Budget talk doesn't add up
 Look, spring training just got underway this week, and I just don't have the time to make fun of Bruce Rauner's budget address, so I will leave you in the capable hands of brother Eric Zorn, o...]]>
Real Lincoln http://illinoistimes.com/article-18287-real-lincoln.html Real Lincoln
 I am obliged to Matt Yglesias over at Vox for pointing out that the Republican Party marked Lincoln’s birthday this year by posting on its official Twitter account a quote from the great man...]]>
A little knowledge . . . No. 11 in a series http://illinoistimes.com/article-18255-a-little-knowledge-no-11-in-a-series.html A little knowledge . . . No. 11 in a series
From Upshot, we get this report of a new public opinion survey of a national sample of 1,890 adults about “Obamacare,” or the Affordable Care Act. 35 percent of respondents said either they ...]]>
Bad date http://illinoistimes.com/article-18252-bad-date.html Bad date
 Now we hear that they got the date wrong on the Illinois state seal. The seal, which is the centerpiece of the state flag, features a perched eagle bearing a banner, “State Sovereignty, N...]]>
Plyscraper, for real http://illinoistimes.com/article-18253-plyscraper-for-real.html Plyscraper, for real
 Once in a while, life imitates journalism. In “The birth of the plyscraper” (April 24, 2014), I noted the trend toward green buildigs of a different kind – large commercial and residenti...]]>
Seeing things whole http://illinoistimes.com/article-18249-seeing-things-whole.html Seeing things whole
 In her recent conversation with Bruce Rushton (“Can we talk?,” Jan. 19, 2017) Lisa Clemmons Stott, executive director of Downtown Springfield, Inc., said that  Springfield lacks a vi...]]>
The cosmopolitan perspective http://illinoistimes.com/article-18250-the-cosmopolitan-perspective.html The cosmopolitan perspective
 I only scratched the surface of my topic in “Form over function” (Jan. 26, 2017). Under the old commission government, each of the five commissioners were both administrative and legisl...]]>
Catching sound http://illinoistimes.com/article-18251-catching-sound.html Catching sound
 After reading “Red brick roads” (Jan. 19, 2017), a faithful reader who grew up in Tuscola – magical name -- recalled for me the almost melodic sounds made by car tires on the old brick ...]]>
Homework http://illinoistimes.com/article-18220-homework.html Homework
 The outgoing Obama administration reportedly prepared hundreds of memos -- more than 300 from the National Security Council alone -- to aid the Trump transition. Those memos, apparently, were ne...]]>
George Washington foretells Trump http://illinoistimes.com/article-18192-george-washington-foretells-trump.html George Washington foretells Trump
 George Packer in The New Yorker reminds us that George Washington, in his farewell address upon leaving office in 1796, said this about the danger of partisan demagoguery. It agitates the ...]]>