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  • Thomas: A better 2016 agenda includes positivity

    “In your heart, you know he’s right,” was Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign slogan in 1964.The ...
    March 29, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • McCaleb: SleepOut and help area's homeless

    Imagine not having a regular place to go to relax after a long, stress-filled day.Or a place to lie ...
    March 28, 2015 - 11:33 pm
  • Lyons: Journalists must rediscover skepticism

    Some years ago, I had an interview with a homicide detective that got delayed. I used his office phone to postpone a tennis match.
    March 28, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: Ah, the fragrance of Eau de Whopper

    I took my first bite out of a Whopper in the early 1960s.That experience was flame-grilled into my m ...
    March 27, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • Peterson: Swearing off winter for real this time

    I swore when I took off my winter coat, hat and gloves last week – days before the first day of spring – I wouldn’t put them back on until next winter ...
    March 27, 2015 - 10:15 am
  • Hunt: Candidates should face Iraq, Libya litmus tests

    Every presidential candidate should face pressure to answer, explicitly, these two questions: Given what we now know, was it right or wrong to invade ...
    March 27, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Frerichs: College savings plans invest in our future, economy

    The treasurer is the state’s chief investment officer. We invest in people to address today’s challenges and the challenges we will face years from no ...
    March 26, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Schock joins long line of disgraced Illinois politicos

    SPRINGFIELD – There’s really no mystery how Congressional wunderkind Aaron Schock fell from grace so rapidly.
    March 26, 2015 - 12:25 am
  • Thomas: Disastrous Iran deal might prove fatal to Israel

    In 1982, during one of many visits to Israel, I had the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who told me, “Israel needs friends.”
    March 25, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: County’s roadsides need spring cleaning, too

    On Friday, the calendar officially declared spring had arrived.Even before that, there were a few no ...
    March 24, 2015 - 10:53 pm
  • Petri: Chris Borland isn't the one who's out of his head

    ANCIENT GREECE, 648 B.C. – Popular pankration contestant Dikaeopolis Isosceles announced Friday he was retiring.
    March 24, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Nontraditional Democratic group blasts state leaders

    A newly formed group of self-described “center-left” Democrats claims to have secured $20 million in commitments to spend on state legislative races h ...
    March 23, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Hentoff: ISIS not Islamic state it fiercely claims to be

    I approach Wikipedia cautiously as to whether its abundant information on a multitude of subjects is complete and authoritative.
    March 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Sunshine Week should turn up the heat

    Last week was “Sunshine Week,” a nonprofit, nonpartisan national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to “promote a dialogue ab ...
    March 22, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Craver: Just give me my coffee: no cream, sugar or B.S.

    Okay, that’s it. I’ve had enough.I’ve sat silently and taken it as I’ve watched the national pastime ...
    March 21, 2015 - 11:44 pm
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