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  • Eric Olson: Keep measles from weaseling into county

    Dr. Christine Weis knows there are people living in the area who refuse to vaccinate their children. She’s had them as patients.
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:56 pm
  • Carson: When politics defy reality

    In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama was upbeat and inspiring, particularly if a listener had no prior knowledge of his ma ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:40 pm
  • Akst: Put this in your pipe, but don't smoke it

    Some in the Northern Illinois University community are fuming about becoming a legislatively mandated, smoke-free campus come summer.
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • Schultz: Praise God and bash the gays

    This past week, I read that “social conservatives” will attempt to reinvigorate their anti-gay campaign for the 2016 presidential race. Briefly, I suc ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 9:03 pm
  • Harrop: Google Glass joins failure hall of fame

    Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures.Many bright ideas have foundered ...
    Jan. 25, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Carson: Choosing the challenging road to reconciliation

    A few days ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Edward Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association of the New York Police Depar ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 8:46 pm
  • Eric Olson: The trouble with making school 'free'

    Instead of making community college “free” for everyone, we should focus first on making college more affordable for everyone.
    Jan. 25, 2015 - 8:54 am
  • Jason Akst: Education's worth depends on framing

    Schools grab headlines all the time. So does President Barack Obama, and the State of the Union address usually dominates the news cycle for a few day ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 12:18 am
  • Ponnuru: Republicans should focus on 2017

    Now that Republicans are in control of both chambers of Congress, what should they do? “Prove they c ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • Stossel: Restate of the union

    President Barack Obama sure is consistent. His State of the Union address sounded like his other speeches: What I’ve done is great! America is in a mu ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 9:18 pm
  • Pitts: Pontiff wrong on limiting freedom of expression

    A few words on the limits to freedom of expression:For what it’s worth, there are a few that are acc ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 9:18 pm
  • Barry Schrader: Early memories of wagon's squeaky wheel

    While sweating out the arrival of my book of columns recently, I focused on some of the major stressors in my life, plus the pleasant remembrances.
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Borek: Broad participation strengthens enterprise zone application

    On behalf of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. and DeKalb County Government, we would like to thank all of the communities and taxing bodie ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Barone: In remembrance of Martin Anderson

    Lou Cannon has a nice remembrance in RealClearPolitics of Martin Anderson, the economist and adviser to Ronald Reagan who died this month at 78.
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 11:59 pm
  • Harrop: Gilded youth and their pain

    A Hollywood-handsome Princeton grad recently shot his hedge-fund-founder father to death. The alleged reason: Thomas Gilbert Sr.’s plan to cut his all ...
    Jan. 18, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Carson: Investing in a better America

    Warren Buffett became very rich and famous because he is a terrific investor. Not everyone agrees with his political stances, but his ability to achie ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 11:59 pm
  • Eric Olson: Feeling better? You should be

    Last weekend my wife Kate and I had a babysitter watch our girls for a few hours while we did some shopping.
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 11:14 pm
  • Jason Akst: How safe is too safe?

    Our hangovers were mild and easily cured with appropriate dosages of orange juice, breakfast, coffee and ibuprofen.
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 12:46 am
  • Ponnuru: Tax reform in 2015? Not a chance

    Tax reformers’ hope springs eternal, but don’t bet on a big tax deal in 2015 or 2016. Don’t bet on a medium-sized one either.
    Jan. 14, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Pitts: Terrorists usher in 'End of Satire'

    Dear Terrorists:OK, you win. We surrender.Never thought I’d say that, but then, I never thought I’d ...
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 10:18 pm
  • Harrop: Playtime is over for Obamacare's foes

    Friends of Obamacare, horrified that the Supreme Court has taken a case that could blow up the federal health insurance exchanges, should recalibrate ...
    Jan. 11, 2015 - 10:53 pm
  • Eric Olson: A look inside county's overcrowded jail

    SYCAMORE – I went to jail Tuesday.DeKalb County Sheriff’s Lt. Joyce Klein, who’s been the jail admin ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • Jason Akst: Cold-weather closings: the new normal?

    As Tuesday evening began, I began to think DeKalb, Sycamore, Chicago and dozens of other area locales had conspired against me.
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 12:33 am
  • Schultz: #JeSuisCharlie

    This terrible thing happened.Three hooded men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles seized a magazin ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • Reeder: Cost of minimum wage hike to hit workers

    SPRINGFIELD – Many years ago, I was a minimum-wage worker making $3.35 an hour writing obituaries for the Galesburg Register-Mail. More than a few tim ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • Barry Schrader: A sure-fire New Year's resolution

    With a lengthy track record of unfulfilled New Year’s resolutions over the years, I finally found a way to make one that is guaranteed – I am hoping, ...
    Jan. 5, 2015 - 11:33 pm
  • Eric Olson: More jobs, school board members needed

    It is a new year and I am back at work, both of which are good things.If you have the good fortune t ...
    Jan. 3, 2015 - 10:34 am
  • Carson: The wisdom of peace through strength

    It was extremely encouraging to see the United States and Sony eventually stand up to the cyberbullying of the North Koreans by allowing the movie “Th ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 9:32 pm
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