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Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 12:12 am

Local support grows for medical aid in dying

A state-by-state initiative is gaining momentum to allow terminally ill, mentally competent people to request and obtain medication from their physician to shorten their suffering and achieve a peacef...
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 12:12 am

Pink ribbons on a brutal memory

GALESBURG – My mother’s breathing was ragged. I held her left hand with each labored gasp. My dad, her husband of almost 59 years, gripped her right.As she breathed slowly, shallowly, my dad cried...
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 12:10 am
You’re probably chuckling already. Seriously? “The joy of politics”? That was pretty much the reaction I got the other day when, in the middle of a conversation about how confrontational, advers...
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 12:13 am
 I was part of a recent panel discussion of democracy at Lincoln Land Community College, sponsored by the Academy of Lifelong Learning. Our discussion celebrated the beginning of self-government,...
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 12:16 am
 There is power in names. That is something of which former Illinois Congressman Paul Findley was keenly aware. Findley, a Republican from Jacksonville, died last month at age 98. Findley, who se...
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 12:11 am
The Amazon burns, urged on by Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, an elected official who is all-consuming, literally. I do not understand why we continue to elect Neros to positions of power, to lea...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 12:14 am

First year a good test for the future of the Y Block

 It would seem as if Springfield’s new favorite night this summer was Thursday. If you weren’t at the weekly Knights of Columbus Mega Jackpot drawing, you were likely out with family and frie...
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 12:13 am
 I wouldn’t consider myself a gambler. I never learned to play cards, my poker face is the exact opposite of Lady Gaga’s and a night at the horse races never elicited much interest from me. H...
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 12:16 am
Santa Fe, Texas – Last week, I sat in this small Texas town and listened to a mother tell me how a gunman killed her son as he hunkered in a classroom closet. Her boy was one of 10 people killed in...

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