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  • The meaning of marriage 'Charges of bigotry ... are the ultimate secular insult," Caroline Farrow tells me. "The cry of 'bigot' is bandied around so much these days," she observes, "that it has begun to lose some of its potency." Perhaps that's why people are bullied out of

    April 11, 2014

  • Sidewalks waste of money Editor: First of all, let me state that I have no idea where the money has come from to replace old sidewalks or to put in new ones. That is a non-issue. The money came from somewhere and was a waste. I have talked with no one who believes the sidewa

    April 11, 2014

  • A risk worth taking If electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, live up to their potential, millions of nicotine addicts in the United States will use them. To some public health advocates, that sounds terrible. People should kick nicotine rather than cultivate the

    April 11, 2014

  • Comcast thinks its merger is a gift to us When David L. Cohen, the executive vice president of Comcast Corp., buttonholes policymakers to talk up his company's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Inc., the first thing he says is that the deal won't reduce competition in any U.

    April 10, 2014

  • Anti-Obamacare ammo is plentiful Some conservative political groups have run into trouble making ads that criticize Obamacare. The ads were intended to showcase "horror stories" from the Democrats' national health care overhaul, but instead attracted zealous fact-checking and feroci

    April 10, 2014

  • Bottom dollar The earned-income tax credit is one of the government's most effective poverty-fighting, work-encouraging tools. The program pays low-income employees a wage supplement, in the form of a tax credit, that can be worth more than $6,000 a year to a fami

    April 10, 2014

  • Working together I am going to shift gears in this column and write about a recent experience that I found encouraging. I have been serving as Mt. Vernon's representative on the Rend Lake Conservancy District Board for several years. I was appointed and re-appointed

    April 9, 2014

  • Middle-class safety net Liberals are shocked (shocked!) that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his co-partisans would consider cutting Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants and other programs that serve the neediest Americans. They have accused Ryan of trying to balance the budget o

    April 9, 2014

  • Do you have a permit for your permit? Dear Editor: While our cities are being taken over by drug lords and gang members, Springfield and Washington, D.C. turns their heads and look for easier prey. Ever since our country was founded, a hard-working, honest American born man or woman was

    April 8, 2014

  • Obamacare isn't dying. What now for GOP? Imagine that someone had told you a year ago what Obamacare would look like in April 2014. Let's say he predicted that the number of people with health insurance would rise, but by much less than the Congressional Budget Office was projecting. Much o

    April 8, 2014

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