America’s health lags behind comparable nations

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Everyday people might understandably fear West Nile Virus or Ebola, but a new report in the Annual Review of Public Health journal says it may be smarter to fret about policymakers’ decisions and wasteful health-care spending – which haven’t meant…

It’s time for Lathan to go

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It’s my personal opinion that no District 150 superintendent in Peoria’s long and historic history has ever caused more anger, chaos, and animosity than Grenita Lathan. No district school superintendent has lost more school court decisions. No superintendent has moved more principals…

Propaganda, not facts drives the GOP

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  The mere accumulation of facts doesn’t always lead to good conclusions, judgment or wisdom. Too many of us, progressive and conservative alike, can fall victim to extrapolation or correlation. An example of extrapolation is extending some inference based on…

Roundup-ready weeds: Brought to you by Monsanto

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by Herman Brockman The big ag pesticide/transgenic crop companies have undying faith in the “solve a problem created by our technology with yet more of our technology” principle. An example in the news of late (see, e.g. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/decision-could-boost-use-popular-weed-killer) is Dow…

Acorn Equality Fund Scholarships are available

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A total of $40,000 will be awarded for 2015 scholarships at the Acorn Equality Community Breakfast on Dec. 6. The Acorn Equality Fund provides academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students, allies or the children of gay,…

Why legalize recreational marijuana?

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Illinois has legalized medical uses of marijuana as part of a pilot program, but recreational marijuana remains illegal in the state. Colorado, on the other hand, legalized medical marijuana in 2000 and recreational marijuana eight months ago. Colorado has not…

Past and present in Ferguson

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By Michael Brown It would be hard to be alive in America right now and not know something about what has happened in Ferguson, Missouri. A young man has been shot and killed. I have had the surrealistic experience of…

Serendipity for September 2014

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Frank Sinatra released the album, “September of my years” in 1965. I was 17, and he was turning 50 that December. The album, still in my possession, included the Grammy Award winning “It Was a Very Good Year” and other…