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  • de Rugy: Political, not operational, concerns engineering Amtrak's fate

    After the recent Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, some politicians and pundits used the terrible tragedy to perpetuate the misleading claim that th ...
    May 27, 2015 - 10:33 pm
  • Bernstein: Media doesn't owe Sanders a 'fair shake'

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, raising a tricky question: How should the medi ...
    May 27, 2015 - 10:33 pm
  • Guest View: Mayor Mundy's 2015 Sycamore update

    The past year has been fruitful for the city as both challenges and opportunities have been met or exceeded. 
    May 27, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • Smith: Death of genius Nash and his beautiful ideas

    The world will be a poorer place without John Nash, one of the pioneers of game theory, who died Saturday at 86 in a car crash along with his wife.
    May 26, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • Pitts: Soldier forced to make a shameful choice

    Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.Heavy drinking hadn’t helped. Nor had variou ...
    May 26, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Guest View: We are Fairdale

    The tornado that struck Fairdale and rural DeKalb County on April 9 was the greatest natural disaster to strike the county in generations.
    May 26, 2015 - 10:05 pm
  • Meyerson: At what cost trade?

    So what gives with the American people? Don’t they realize, as my colleague Charles Krauthammer argued last week, “that free trade is advantageous to ...
    May 25, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • Barone: Why Americans oppose economic redistribution

    Skeptics about democracy in the 18th and 19th centuries argued that the enfranchised masses would use their votes to seize the property of the relativ ...
    May 25, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • Harrop: Who are these outlaw bikers?

    Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas – a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up viole ...
    May 24, 2015 - 8:51 pm
  • De Rugy: Universal savings accounts help people help themselves

    Republican presidential contenders have staked out different positions on tax reform.Sens. Rand Paul ...
    May 24, 2015 - 8:51 pm
  • Our View: Thumbs-up to pumpkin festival theme that inspires creativity

    Thumbs-up: To a theme for the pumpkin decorating at the 54th annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival. This year’s theme, “Pumpkins in Disguise,” was supplied ...
    May 23, 2015 - 12:02 am
  • Schultz: First quote Jesus; then punish the poor

    Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker.” – Proverbs 14:31It’s not my habit to start a column ...
    May 21, 2015 - 10:12 pm
  • Jason Akst: How to ‘celebrate’ Memorial Day

    Dad told great war stories.He was a bomber pilot in World War II and supposedly knew Joseph Heller o ...
    May 21, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Bernstein: Deadlocked convention, Republican nightmare

    It’s time for a quick primer on what a disaster a deadlocked convention would be for the Republican Party – a possibility that the combination of so m ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:28 pm
  • Ponnuru: 16 questions Hillary Clinton should answer

    As her campaign for the presidency kicked off, Hillary Clinton managed to go 27 days without answering a question from the press.
    May 20, 2015 - 10:28 pm
  • Wilkinson: Whites surprisingly accepting of losing majority

    The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transition unlike any in history. No nation with a white European ethnic majority has evolved to become a no ...
    May 19, 2015 - 9:03 pm
  • Pitts: GoFundMe is much worse than Obamacare

    Luis Lang would like you to send him some money.He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the ...
    May 19, 2015 - 9:02 pm
  • Choice: Kish College recruits DeKalb County students

    I would like to set the record straight regarding an article that appeared in the May 8 Daily Chronicle, “Kish College enrollment worries.”
    May 19, 2015 - 9:02 pm
  • Barone: The two-point-something campaign

    This spring it seems as if there have been two-point-something Republican presidential candidacy announcements per week. And, since she made her own a ...
    May 18, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Stossel: As laws mount, time for disobedience

    Charles Murray, already controversial for writing books on how welfare hurts the poor, on ethnic differences in IQ and on (less controversial, but my ...
    May 15, 2015 - 11:32 pm
  • Eric Olson: Connection between community, students clear

    Amy Deegan never knew David Bogenberger, but she’s one of many people still heartsick over his death in November 2012.
    May 15, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Bershidsky: Say goodbye to all those passwords you forgot

    This week, Google’s email service Gmail made a tiny change to its log-in procedure. A first screen asks for a username and leads to a separate screen ...
    May 14, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Schultz: William Zinsser believed in your story, too

    If you’re one of the millions of readers who cherish William Zinsser’s book “On Writing Well,” then you may feel this week that you’ve lost a dear fri ...
    May 14, 2015 - 11:44 pm
  • Ponnuru: Free-trade opponents get less logical by the day

    Elizabeth Warren’s arguments “don’t stand the test of fact and scrutiny.” The Democratic senator is “absolutely wrong.” She’s being “a politician like ...
    May 13, 2015 - 10:28 pm
  • Lake: Jeb Bush sends mixed message on troop use

    It’s official. Jeb Bush now doesn’t know whether he would have ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
    May 13, 2015 - 10:29 pm
  • Pitts: Anti-government resistance now heart of GOP

    Some folks thought it was “inflammatory.” Some said it was “irresponsible,” others, “absurd,” still others, “disappointing.”
    May 12, 2015 - 10:05 pm
  • Barone: Britain's Conservatives beat Labour, polls

    Big surprises in Thursday’s British election.For weeks, the pre-election polls showed a statistical ...
    May 11, 2015 - 10:25 pm
  • DeRossett: Local government trying to become less accountable

    As state government scurries to fill a projected $8 billion deficit in the 2016 year budget, it would seem to make sense to move beyond successful com ...
    May 11, 2015 - 10:25 pm
  • Eric Olson: 'Coffee fund' story did some good

    Only government would pay people to investigate its own employees and then later cover the legal expenses of the people it had investigated.
    May 8, 2015 - 11:56 pm
  • Schultz: The constant of waiting in Cleveland

    For those who love Cleveland – and there are so many of us who do – the rampant speculation of what comes next is beginning to take its toll.
    May 7, 2015 - 10:26 pm
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