Teachers must be defended

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Time magazine last month had a cover story bashing teachers that was not just one-sided, but as misleading as less-respected voices on radio and TV. This month, such ill-founded resentment may echo in grumbling about schools’ holiday breaks or misinformed…

Dark days at Bradley

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GIVE CREDIT TO . . . . These are dark days on the Bradley hilltop on and off the athletic fields. Once known as a nationally competitive school in basketball, Bradley is now losing to, well, everyone, regardless of D-1, D-2,…

Affordable Care Act Is Working Well

By Kevin O’Brien, Ph.D. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” has been mired in controversy since the law was first proposed in 2008. It took two years of legislative drama before the 1,000-page bill was passed by Congress and…

West Peoria News for December 2014

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West Peoria township trustee Marcia Miller resigned her position on the township board effective Nov. 17 after 16 years serving as trustee. Marcia left to take a position in Galena, an opportunity Marcia looks forward to with excitement. Her replacement…

Serendipity for December 2014

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Tucked away with other keepsakes is a small, decorated gift box with a fancy handkerchief inside. The gift card remains intact and is for my Mother from Rachel, a woman who did cleaning in an apartment building my parents once owned. She…

Rocky Glen: A Geological Time Capsule

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Would you believe that there is a place right here in Central Illinois where one could stand upon the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains? In this same place, you can also look down into the remains of an ancient swamp…

Neighborhood notes for December 2014

There are many ways for residents to work toward better neighborhoods, and the City of Peoria is encouraging two actions: organization and engagement. To be recognized as a neighborhood association by the City, organize thusly, according to Neighborhood Development Specialist…

Arts Beat for December 2014

MUSIC Dec. 3: Peoria Lunaire – New Music Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Bradley University’s Dingeldine Music Center. 677-2650. Dec. 4: Central Illinois Youth Symphony. 7 p.m. Life Together Center. 685-5258. Dec. 4: Collegium Musicum. 7:30 p.m. Bradley University’s Dingeldine Music Center.…

The Magnificant Invalid

By Doug Day Three dramas were performed locally in November. I met with Charles Brown at the Broken Tree Cafe on Main Street to learn about his experience being a guest artist for Bradley in the student directed production of…

Think about Water

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    By Doug and Eileen Leunig Most of us don’t. We take water for granted. Sure, drought in California, Colorado River drying up, headline-news thinking is everywhere and nonstop. But what do we really know about water? It is…

Labor Roundup for December 2014

Speakers advocate campaign about value of unions. Labor must launch a massive education campaign about unions’ value to counter Right-wing propaganda and to forestall cynicism that could lead people to turn to demagogues, said speakers at a recent Economic Policy…

Is skipping breakfast healthful or harmful?

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  Always eat breakfast is common advice. A Google search on benefits of eating breakfast found 930,000 hits including 4 Reasons Why You Should Never Skip Breakfast.(1). On the other hand, a Google search on benefits of skipping breakfast found…