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Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 04:03 pm
Hockey is a game. Chess is a game. Placing a $50 bet at the blackjack table is not a game. It is gambling, even though casinos insist that they’re part of a gaming industry. But mislabeling is n...
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 11:25 am
This April, as they do every two years, the citizens of Illinois will elect about 3,000 of their neighbors to four-year terms on local school boards. About 1,300 are typically new to the board. The Il...
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 10:24 pm
I recently read In the Combat Zone by Leslie Marmon Silko, a Native American writer and activist. Published in 1995, the essay contains this sentence: “As the U.S. economy continues to ‘do...
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 01:35 am
In Rock Island, it’s not called the Department of Public Works, it’s Housing and Neighborhoods. Their Planning and Economic Development is known as Community and Economic Development. Thei...
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 03:54 pm
Twenty-six years and eight months ago I walked into the Aloha to play my guitar and the songs that people liked. Everything was there that had been there the night before – the rice cooker, the ...
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 11:08 am
In the past couple of weeks, two events have brought wide media coverage in Washington and Baghdad: George Bush’s personal interviews about his book, Decision Points, and the news that after eig...
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 12:15 pm

Lanphier Class of 1955

I left the Island Bay Yacht Club at Lake Springfield about 10 p.m. and headed west toward the new access to 55 North. While pondering, I missed it due to new roads, so, I kept driving west on Toronto ...
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 08:00 am
In early November, I traveled with a colleague from Jacksonville to Mobile, Ala., to present a paper at the National Symposium on Student Retention (NSSR).Mobile is a proud city that has endured cycle...
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 05:43 pm

Learn more at 6 p.m. Nov. 12

Imagine that religion became a force for good throughout the world, rather than an institution embroiled in world conflicts that often increase violence and drive people apart. Imagine that we could s...
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 03:05 am

The Party Tree is over

It was a sad day at The Party Tree Oct. 31, when we made our final closing announcement and bid farewell to our customers and employees. I wasn’t sure how closing day would be since the month le...

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