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Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am
Reacting to my “In defense of the politician,” a veteran State of Illinois employee told me that he thought it would be fun to work under a governor like Jerry Brown. Younger readers might be interested to know that Illinois very nearly had its Jerry Brown, in 1982 and 1986, when the 11-year U.S> Senator lost to to James R. “Big Jim” Thompson. That 1982 race saw AESIII lose by 5,074...
Friday, June 14, 2013 12:00 am
In “White elephant,” I speculated about the fate of White Oaks Mall in a future in which bricks-and-mortar retailing seems doomed by the internet. Jordan Weissman -- who looks younger than some of the store displays at WOM – tells us in a recent Atlantic post not to worry. “The investment bankers at Piper Jaffray & Co., which has long tracked teenager consumer habits, recently asked m...
Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:00 am
Republican Kirk Dillard recently raised the issue of which kind of family ought to be living in the Executive Mansion in Springfield. It is a question we ventilated in in 2009. (“Life in the Big House.) Clearly, it was not a question on the minds of the two most recent occupants of the house. Mr. Blagojevich famously disdained it (for the kids’ sake, he insists). Of late Mr. Quinn has avo...
Monday, May 27, 2013 01:22 pm
In “Happier endings,” I pointed out that a lot of people make decisions about end-of-life care that are not fully informed. Jonathan Rauch, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and at the National Journal, gave us a fascinating report in the former magazine on work going on at Harvard University Medical School that tries to change that. Medicos there made videos showing patients dying ...
Monday, May 27, 2013 01:09 pm
Recently I banged the drum on behalf of so-called community or full-service schools as a way to provide learners with a wider array of help and to provide taxpayers with a better return on their  investment in school buildings that sit idle two-thirds of the time. Want to learn more? I found Joy Dryfoos's 2002 article in The Phi Delta Kappan -- Full-Service Community Schools: Creating New I...
Monday, May 27, 2013 12:33 am
There’s more that might said about the design of the new Country Market supermarket at 2nd and Carpenter – isn’t there always? Steve Patterson, a St. Louis architect and author of the blog, UrbanDesignSTL, criticized it for its failure to provide safe pathways across its park lot to the front door for people approaching the store via sidewalks. I criticized the project too, when it...
Monday, May 27, 2013 11:07 am
Steve Benen commented on the May 23 collapse of that interstate highway in Washington state so I wouldn’t have to again. (See my Daring to imagine the future from 2010.) Benen was reacting to a post at Business Insider by Joel Weisenthal pointing out that public construction spending in the U.S. has reached a 20-year low as a percentage of the overall economy.   “We have high unemployment...
Friday, May 17, 2013 12:05 am
I paid a visit to one my old haunts the other day, thanks to the internet. I learned that two blocks in the heart of the business district of Multnomah Village, in Portland, Oregon’s southwest side, is getting spruced up. In addition to the usual street furniture and wider sidewalks, Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services has called for streetside planters or swales to capture stormwater...
Saturday, May 18, 2013 11:19 am
The press is filled with pension talk, but other recent news reminds us that cutting a too-generous COL adjustment is not the worst way that governments can screw workers. Turns out that the plant manufacturing highly explosive anhydrous ammonia which blew up in west Texas, killing 14 and injuring more than 200, was equipped with no alarms, no firewall and no systems to automatically shut do...
Friday, May 17, 2013 11:05 am
Back on April 30, the Kaiser Family Foundation, which is one of the most reliable and most interesting of the organizations tracking public thinking on health care, issued a new poll result. Fewer than six in 10 of the American adults asked knew that “Obamacare” – the Affordable Care Act signed into law on March 23, 2010, and which takes effect next year -- was still on the books. Nearly a q...

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