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Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 12:21 am

I become an historian

  Next summer, if things go well, I will become an historian, to the extent that the published author of a book-length history of mid-Illinois can be called an historian. In truth, I am untr...
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 12:20 am
 Just when you thought that Big Banker greed surely bottomed out with 2008’s Wall Street crash and bailout, along comes Wells Fargo, burrowing even deeper into the ethical slime to reach a prev...
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 12:19 am
 Presidential candidates set the turnout. That’s the race voters care about the most by far, so everybody else who’s running down-ballot essentially has to work within the structure of that y...
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 12:18 am
REQUIRED READING God bless Jim Hightower. His article “What 47 cents buys these days,” (Sept. 22, Illinois Times) is right on. It should be required reading for all past and current Post Office em...
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 12:17 am
As a 15-year-old I read Conscience of a Conservative and became a proud supporter of Barry Goldwater, the Republican presidential candidate. I couldn’t understand why he got beaten up so badly in the media for his, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” because he meant to promote liberty, not extremism. Goldwater was an honest and honorable candidate who got beat 61-39 percent in...
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 12:16 am

Deputy chief fibs about arrest

 The story was cause for alarm in anyone’s neighborhood.Burglars hit a North End gun store on Oct. 9 with what sounded like remarkable ease, kicking in a door and making off with more than 50 f...
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 12:21 am
 If its citizens struggle to see anything new in a landscape with which they have become too familiar, what is the poor landscape photographer to do? In Larry Kanfer’s case, he does nothing muc...
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 12:20 am
Revolutions R Us! From the big one in 1776 that created our nation to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 political uprising against America’s new plutocratic elites, democratic change comes when workaday people...
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 12:19 am
A harsh new TV ad slams Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) for supporting a convicted sex offender. It’s described by the Republicans as a form of payback for all the sex offender-related ads that the Hou...
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 12:18 am
 THE ACTION OPTIONWhen she was unhappy with the outcome of an election my mother would harrumph “we get the politicians we deserve.” I think the truth Mom pointed to was this: our politicians...


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