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Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 09:20 pm
Dear young worker: You’re in trouble.Sorry to rain on popular culture’s positive-thinking parade, but reality is composed of facts. Our wealthiest 1 percent already receives about 24 perce...
Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 11:24 am
“But all the time — no matter what she did -- there was music.” So writes Carson McCullers in her breakthrough novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, which is being celebrated by The B...
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 04:27 am
As a business owner who has created hundreds of jobs over the past two decades, I understand economic policies that build sustainable growth. Yet the billions in tax cuts for the wealthy recently sign...
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 09:09 pm
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia just asserted for a second time that our Constitution does not protect women against discrimination. That was one of the arguments for passing the proposed Equal R...
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 ...


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