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  • Wilkinson: In Texas, bring your own gun to the keg party

    College campuses provide near-perfect laboratories in which to observe the primordial chemistry among testosterone-rich young men, sexual competition, ...
    June 2, 2015 - 9:07 pm
  • Pitts: Police chief's attitude is antidote to distrust

    On March 6, Matthew Kenny, a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man named Anthony Robinson Jr., who, h ...
    June 2, 2015 - 9:07 pm
  • Barry Schrader: Sycamore native a prolific writer

    Following on the heels of recent columns about famous newspapermen from Sycamore and Waterman, two months ago my wife Kay reminded me about her classm ...
    June 2, 2015 - 12:27 am
  • Bernstein: Sen. Graham tries his luck with presidential run

    It’s a bit of puzzle why Sen. Lindsey Graham is jumping into the presidential pool. After all, neither social nor economic conservatives have much use ...
    June 2, 2015 - 12:17 am
  • Barone: Colleges and universities have grown bloated and dysfunctional

    American colleges and universities, long thought to be the glory of the nation, are in more than a little trouble. I’ve written before of their shamef ...
    June 2, 2015 - 12:17 am
  • Harrop: Shocking sloppiness won't doom the health reforms

    How many politicians, aides, lobbyists, lawyers, insurance moguls, professional groups and interns – both the political and medical kind – agonized ov ...
    May 31, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Flavelle: Who to blame for next health care fight

    Sometime in the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether the federal government can subsidize people’s health insurance in the 37 s ...
    May 31, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Eric Olson: Beers, apologies, cornstalks that could've been

    After this short-but-eventful week, I’ve got thoughts for you.It takes forever: Local beer, wine and ...
    May 29, 2015 - 11:43 pm
  • Stossel: Throwing money at the college bubble

    College has become a scam. Some students benefit: those with full scholarships, those who love learning for its own sake, and those who get jobs that ...
    May 29, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • Jason Akst: The Springfield Players present ...

    As your friendly neighborhood columnist, I’m obliged to provide insightful commentary on big topics, like those sports pundits who wear loud suits.
    May 29, 2015 - 12:31 am
  • 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
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