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Minstrel Pain

Dear editors: I always thrill to the writerly stylings of the sly and handsome Neal Pollack, who I would call a friend, and who in the May 14 Reader argues that CTA president Frank Kruesi has better things to do than crack down on street musicians in the subway. He may have a point. But […]

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Reader to Reader

Two waitresses are talking as they work the counter on a busy Sunday morning. The one pouring coffee asks, “You know that older guy who comes in here whose wife is in the hospital with cancer?” The other waitress shrugs as she scratches figures on a diner’s tab. “Well, she passed on this morning,” says […]

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Reader to Reader

Saturday afternoon, January 7: There were three bumper stickers on the station wagon parked in the fire lane of Blockbuster Video on Lawrence–a rebel flag, a KKK emblem, and the message “Racial Purity Is America’s Security.” Inside a 30-ish white guy with a three-day beard and a flannel hunting jacket slurred, “Where’s the Hitler movies? […]