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[29 Oct 2007 | One Comment | ]

It’s not that the “Tribune” has improved so vastly but that in competition with the adolescent semi-porn “Sun-Times,” any paper that writes straightforwardly for adults has to look good.
Still the “Trib” has had several features this week that shows it’s determined to improve as a world-class paper. Sara Olkon’s front-page article on Beauty Turner, the former assistant editor of “Residents’ Journal,” who lost her job, is outstanding. Also—huzza!—the editorials are moving toward taking a definite position instead of pro-con-pro-con and winding up with “who knows?” or “stay tuned.” …

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[26 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

Is Illinois 49th on Education Spending?…Does it Have One of the Lowest State Tax Burdens?…Does it Really Have Too Few State Employees? Stay for This Answer.
Is Illinois really 49th in education spending? Do we have one of the lowest state tax burdens in the U.S.? Do you really believe that Illinois has too few state employees?
That’s just a small taste of what Center for Tax and Budget Priorities President Ralph Martire (and respectfully stated my future Chicago Daily Observer columnist colleague) used on WLS-AM’s “Political Shoot-Out” last Sunday …

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[26 Oct 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

Bob McClory *and all ye Call to Actionists past, present and future, be advised! Latin is coming! Latin is coming!
Yes, dear sisters and brothers, right here in Chicago River City, or just outside it, in beautiful Berwyn, where the church strangely named Odilo is taking the Holy Father in Rome up on his personal edict permitting old-style Latin mass wherever people want it.
Saint Odilo, that is, at 2244 East Avenue, a block north of Cermak, 6600 West as Chicago crows fly, on three consecutive Tuesdays, November 6, 13, and 20, …

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[25 Oct 2007 | One Comment | ]

Like most uprisings, the Illinois/Cook County/Chicago tax revolt has started without anyone sending out a press release or making a formal proclamation.
Not in memory—mine, at least—have so many taxpayers here been so riled. Not in memory, have so many taxpayers here been hit with such a flood of proposed tax increases. Not in memory, have the demands for higher taxes come from a gaggle of such incompetent, ineffective or corrupt politicians—namely Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Cook County President Todd Stroger and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (henceforth to be referred to …

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[25 Oct 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

On Monday, First Lady Laura Bush appeared on “Good Morning America” and encouraged Americans to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She praised the work of “Susan G. Komen for the Cure” (formerly known as the Susan G. Komen Foundation).
If you have ever had Oprah on for more than five minutes, you know about the billions that “Komen for the Cure” has raised for breast-cancer research through its races and walks and partnerships with vendors of pink merchandise. But something you (and the First Lady) may …

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[25 Oct 2007 | One Comment | ]

Here we go again!
In my misspent youth, I watched Abbott and Costello comedies on television often enough to memorize some of their routines. It wasn’t that difficult. If a comedic bit worked, Bud and Lou were certain to repeat it over and over again. Some of their most celebrated sketches were performed in the movies as well as on radio and television. Constant repetition of familiar routines may have served to hasten the end of their careers as headlining entertainers during the Fifties.
Listening to our politicians engage in brinksmanship and …

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[25 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

In 1973 Richard Nixon, US president, under political pressure be­cause of rising domestic food prices, banned the export of soyabeans. The policy had predictably dire results, but today, with the world in the grip of another bout of food price inf­lation, governments worldwide are rushing to distort the market with subsidies and quotas, price controls and export taxes. They should stop

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[24 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

At Conclusion of Term He May Follow Corzine and Rubin in the Public Sector.
It’s never too early to speculate who will run for governor of Illinois in 2010 as Rod Blagojevich’s rocky road through controversy has stirred many to consider joining the lists.
The latest rumor—coming out of Washington, D. C. but with some impressive authority—is that the secretary of the treasury, Henry (Hank) Paulson, Jr. may be interested after the Bush administration leaves office.
Paulson, 61, was formerly chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s largest investment …

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[24 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

Top officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops met privately with Pope Benedict XVI Oct. 18 for a wide-ranging discussion about the church in the United States, including the pope’s planned visit to the U.S. in the spring.

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[24 Oct 2007 | 4 Comments | ]

As a kid growing up, I recall the periodic food drives to which our family regularly contributed making a small difference in people’s lives.
Later, as a young man I had opportunities to travel widely throughout the Middle East, Asia, and South America where I saw first hand many desperately poor people. It was convenient for me to return from those trips concluding that some problems are just too big to be solved and grateful that I lived in country of prosperity.
I’ve always been bothered by the Matthew Gospel passage in …