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Thursday, March 22, 2012 03:39 pm

One writer struggles with prolixity, and loses

A while back – a long while back – I undertook to write a smallish book about a large topic, the history and culture of Illinois. I was certain that after more than 30 years spent reading,...
Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:14 am

Ought religious freedom to exclude atheists?

In February, the New York Times’ Timothy Egan nominated Roger Williams as the true founding father of America’s religious freedom. It was Williams who, in 1636, established a new colony at...
Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:58 am

Should one’s stand on dependency depend on who does the depending?

Readers who were around back when Ronald Reagan was just another lying politician and not yet a saint will remember the Cadillac Queen. She was a Chicago welfare recipient who starred in Reagan’...
Thursday, March 1, 2012 03:29 am

Fun and games during Lincoln’s birthday month

Another Lincoln birthday month has come and gone, and this one was busier than most. We learned that the Mary Todd Lincoln that had looked down from an oil portrait in the Executive Mansion for more t...
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 03:02 am

Springfieldians once were prodigious walkers

Yes, kids, I really did used to walk two miles to school. For the whole of my ninth grade year in 1962-63, I often walked from Washington Junior High at 21st and Jackson to our house near the Statehou...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 04:08 pm

Buying a future with borrowed money

In January, the University of Illinois announced it was raising its tuition on new undergraduates at its three campuses yet again. Lamentation was general throughout the land. Tuition for residents at...
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 11:52 am

The National Park Service plans for the past of the Lincoln Home

The National Park Service has released its final general management plan that sets the parameters for development and preservation at the Lincoln Home National Historical Site for at least the next 15...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 06:48 am

Do alternatives to prison exist for Illinois’ public delinquents?

Writers of newspaper columns, it turns out, are not the only people who have trouble getting sentences right. Eyebrows, if not voices, were raised when federal judge James Zagel set 14 years in prison...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 10:14 am

Splitting Cook County from Illinois is an old bad idea

Have you ever thought about how much Freddie Mercury’s Queen owed to the works of Gilbert and Sullivan? You have? Okay, we’ll talk about something else.The other day State Rep. Bill Mitche...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 06:15 am

A green World War II might save the economy

Certain Republicans have given way to fits of partisan bloodlust lately and tried to beat the current president with the bones of one of his long-dead Democratic predecessors. Franklin Roosevelt, they...

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