Apr 05, 2011

vol 128 No. 7

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On Ash Wednesday, Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed a bill banning capital punishment. A member of my congregation offers a powerful Lenten lesson for the year the death penalty was abolished in Illinois.
March 17, 2011

Many national leaders talk about cutting spending so as not to burden future generations with  deficits. They seem to have no problem, however, burdening the next generation with an overheated Earth.
March 17, 2011

This spring marks the 100th anniversary of the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, generally considered the greatest manifestation of the "Great EB."
March 24, 2011

Sooner or later, and usually sooner, conversations about passenger trains and Amtrak in particular sputter with the dirty "s-word": subsidies. But all American means of transportation de­pend on "subsidies."
March 22, 2011

Murder at the rectory

In 1921, a Methodist minister fatally shot the most prominent Catholic priest in Birmingham, Alabama. Sharon Davies’s book makes vivid the pervasive anti-Catholicism of the early 20th-century South.
March 20, 2011

Another Year

Mike Leigh's latest film is pared down but surpassingly elegant, like a superbly assembled piece of chamber music. But it has an unusual flaw.
March 16, 2011