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    There's a question I've been asked for years, both seriously and by people with a smirk on their face because they know it's impossible. The question is some variation of: "Can you tell me what to plant for a no-maintenance garden?"

      If someone asked you to name your favorite spring flower, what would you say? Something along the lines of daffodils, tulips, or hyacinths? Even though there are probably a thousand daffodils in my yard, my all-time favorite is the primrose.

        Years ago, when I was a newly-minted University of Illinois Extension Educator, I received a phone call one afternoon from a reporter for a Chicago-based television station. I was taken off-guard, wondering why they were calling me since Decatur is about 180 miles from Chicago.

        When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York’s tight restrictions on who can carry a handgun, condemnation erupted from liberal leaders and activists. But some public defenders, often allies of progressive activists, have praised the court’s ruling, saying gun-permitting rules like New York’s have long been a license for racial discrimination. The defense lawyers say that by making it a crime for most people to carry a handgun, New York and a few other states have ended up putting people — overwhelmingly people of color — behind bars for conduct that would be legal elsewhere.

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