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  • Increased Cuban trade means economic opportunities for U.S.

    On March 22, when I returned from my second economic development trip to Cuba, I couldn’t stop thinking about the words of an American businessman who ...
    April 1, 2016 - 4:53 pm
  • Backs Trump for president

    OMG. I listened to Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American,” and realized those sentiments could be going down the drain.
    April 1, 2016 - 4:53 pm
  • Editorial: Public helps Sterling schools navigate cuts

    When members of the Sterling school board gathered Wednesday to decide difficult spending cuts for the next school year, they were not alone.
    April 1, 2016 - 5:01 pm
  • Is government replacing Dad in rural areas?

    Ever since I moved back to my rural hometown in central Illinois a few years ago, I have fretted about rural white poverty.
    April 1, 2016 - 4:52 pm
  • Human costs grow as budget impasse continues

    The state budget crisis is affecting real people in real ways. For example, as a direct result of the loss of state funding to support psychiatric ser ...
    April 1, 2016 - 4:52 pm
  • Let’s come together to fund our schools

    For too many years, local K-12 schools have not received the funding they need. The state’s education funding formula was created to provide a level p ...
    April 1, 2016 - 4:52 pm
  • Time to listen to Bernie

    When career politicians forget those who elected them, and refuse repeated polite requests for public comment, it creates an unsettling perception of ...
    March 31, 2016 - 8:50 pm
  • Sterling schools show fiscal responsibility

    Every public service, including the public education system, has to be tailored to the community’s size, need, and fiscal possibility. 
    March 31, 2016 - 8:50 pm
  • Editorial: Making sure first responders know where you are

    Seconds seem like minutes, and minutes like hours, when you are waiting for emergency personnel to respond to your call. The danger already present wh ...
    March 31, 2016 - 8:51 pm
  • Editorial cartoon for Friday, April 1, 2016

    Joe Heller, Heller Syndication ...
    March 31, 2016 - 9:55 pm
  • Once again, politics makes strange bedfellows

    Realpolitik: Politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives. –  Merriam-Webster
    March 30, 2016 - 9:02 pm
  • Editorial cartoon for Thursday, March 31, 2016 - Granlund

    March 30, 2016 - 9:01 pm
  • Editorial: Secrets that state lawmakers can't hide

    The Associated Press released an extensive study of statehouse secrecy during the recently concluded Sunshine Week, an event that promotes transparenc ...
    March 30, 2016 - 9:11 pm
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