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  • Greiff: Food stamps' $80 billion secret spending program

    Imagine a government program that has exploded in size, is the subject of bitter partisan haggling and spends almost $80 billion a year in secret.
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Parents, children deserve choice in education

    I was chatting the other day with a fellow who, along with his wife, home-schools his children.We jo ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 11:35 pm
  • Thomas: Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson, Missouri

    It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.”These ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Happy memories make summers last

    If you listen carefully, you almost can hear the collective groan.Thousands of students in McHenry C ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • Petri: What exactly are we seeing in Ferguson?

    “Did one look at what one saw or did one see what one looked at?” – Hart CraneThis question seems es ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Not much fanfare for Edgar fair appearance

    I’m not sure why, but the surprise appearance by former Gov. Jim Edgar at the Illinois State Fair’s Republican Day last week didn’t generate much medi ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 11:41 pm
  • Hentoff: Where in Constitution is CIA absolved of crimes?

    At long last, after all these years, we have a defining question to We The People on our rule of law from libertarian Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Craver: It's time to demilitarize the police

    I used this space several months ago to warn what will happen if we continue to allow police departments to be equipped like military units.
    Aug. 16, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • Carlson: Real cowboys don't summer on Martha's Vineyard

    WASHINGTON – For most people, summer is a treasured time to cool your heels in a cottage by a lake or in a hammock in the backyard.
    Aug. 16, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: Gee, Miss Landers, I got more questions

    Over the years I have written columns right before the start of school that have featured the wisdom of Miss Landers, Theodore (The Beaver) Cleaver’s ...
    Aug. 16, 2014 - 12:07 am
  • Schermerhorn: Open letter to our young people

    Welcome to a new school year!It will mean new experiences for each of you; new teachers, new friends ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Embracing the Summer of Cool

    There’s a cool breeze blowing through the window, it’s 55 degrees, and it’s the middle of August. It shouldn’t be this way.
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 12:25 am
  • McArdle: Credit scores drive America's growing inequality

    The other day, I got to wondering something: What is the effect of automated payments on credit scores?
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Confronting ISIS – 'It takes an army to defeat an army'

    When liberal Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and the conservative former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agree on something, attention should be pa ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: It’s time to Take a Stand for Turning Point

    Domestic violence might be easier to deal with if it were easy to tell who would become an abuser and who would become a victim.
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 11:49 pm
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