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  • 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

  • Seven million reasons So it turns out that millions of people dealt with the Affordable Care Act enrollment cutoff pretty much the way they habitually deal with the April 15 income tax filing deadline: procrastinating until the last minute to insure maximum stress and sta

    April 8, 2014

  • Don't blame voters for low turnout Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any voters. It

    April 5, 2014

  • Farming with a clear conscience Editor: I would like to take this time and concede to Ms. Riley in the ongoing coyote issue. Due to the crappy weather, I took the day off and spent it surfing the net trying to either prove or disprove her view. I found out she has some valid points

    April 5, 2014

  • You're invited to an antisocial Almost every day, I hear parents and grandparents and people on television complain about how cellphones, smartphones, texting, streaming, Facebooking, tweeting and computer games are turning our children into little unsocial robots who won't be able

    April 5, 2014

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