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I keep reading comments by official pundits, Democratic Party operatives, and letter-to-the-editor writers suggesting that President Clinton should decline to run for re-election in '96. Perhaps Clinton will actually take that step, deciding it would be best for the Democrats if he removed himself as a target of both the Right and the Left.

So has it occurred to anyone who was the last incumbent president who chose not to run for re-election? And where his party's convention was held that year? And who was the convention's host mayor? Plus ca change...

--B.W.

Three young guys were sitting at a table in Danny's Tavern on Dickens near Damen. One says that he'll soon finish the probationary period at his government job, finally becoming a full-fledged civil servant. One of the others responds, "Congratulations, you're part of the problem!"

--Paul D. O'Brien

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