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More Room: The Mysteries of Existence

Modern science fools us into believing we can understand the world.

Not so.

Take mathematics, the supposed foundation of science and knowledge.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Room for a View: Not Rolling Stones
“Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” is a song written by Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and released in 1972 by the singing group The Temptations.  “Papa was a rollin’ stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home …”  As the title and lyrics suggest, the father in this song was not committed to one family or one relationship. The fathers noted in the paragraphs below are not rolling stones.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Room for a View: Time-Line
A good and special friend, celebrating his 80th birthday at a family dinner, loudly asked me across the table what it was like “being an octogenarian.” I was not expecting his question and replied tersely, “I am grateful every day.” He was disappointed that I did not say more and, in retrospect, I was as well. He “dropped the hat” and I failed to pick it up.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Editorial: Memorial Day: A Day of Memories, Not All Pleasant
On Memorial Day, we have to confront the steep cost of freedom and the incomparable luxury of living in this country. Though the speeches vary, the veterans speak in one voice and in a language we all understand: “This is a country whose values are worth defending.”
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Library Lot Development Should Respect Historic Context
Evanston should not encourage development that does not take into account the needs of neighbors and the wider community. In summary, we would like to see development within reasonable parameters that is contextual, sensitive to the historic district, and that makes sense for everyone concerned. 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
More Room: The Six Pillars

Evanston is Heavenston for most of us, the town where we love to live, work, play, and enjoy the many significant benefits and beauties the City has to offer. Everyone knows what they are, but from time to time it is worth calling them out and reminding ourselves of the Six Pillars, as I call them, that make Evanston one of the great places.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Room for a View: 'Keep Hope Alive'
I am sure that many readers are familiar with the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75, Denmark), but I will still give a brief summary of the tale: Two weavers promise “a vain emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes” that they will weave a suit of clothes for him that is “invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid or incompetent.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Room for a View: Trumping Trump
What is happening in Washington these days is unsettling, to say the least. Our president’s unpredictability is shaking up the system. His apolitical and businessman’s attempt at a government makeover is wrapping our already tight nation and the world even tighter.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017



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