Better care, lower costs abroad

BY CLARE HOWARD John Parks has no hesitancy labeling himself a conservative, but he’s adamant the current health care system in this country is broken, and the best solution is a single-payer plan providing universal coverage. Parks, 70, has the…

Voter fraud: Sasquatch 

BY TERRY BIBO From the relatively serene vantage point of Central Illinois, there are two peculiar items of interest about voting rights. First, there are more states with laws on the books to restrict voting rights today (32) than there…

Remember evil 

 BY CLARE HOWARD As a wave of anti-Semitism sweeps the nation, Peoria’s Holocaust Memorial is being relocated from a shopping mall to the heart of downtown on the southwest corner of Peoria Riverfront Museum. Composed of a series of clear…

Bob Michel: One of the greatest of the greatest generation  Bob Michel’s life reflects the perfect definition of what Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation.” Bob was raised by two loving parents with his two sisters in Peoria. He learned…

What If? As the basketball season draws to a close, Bradley fans have to be wondering about the future of the sport on the Hilltop. Yes, this past season under coach Brian Wardle was better than the year before, but…

Eighty years ago next month, theaters premiered “Walt Disney’s Academy Award Revue,” a May 19, 1937, release including the Oscar-winning shorts “Flowers and Trees,” “The Country Cousin,” “Three Little Pigs,” “The Three Orphan Kittens” and “The Tortoise and the Hare”…

An early morning phone call  The call came as I was home getting ready to drive to work. The caller said his name quickly, and I couldn’t understand him. Finally he said he’s an advertiser in Community Word, and I…

30 percent funding cut for EPA The President’s proposed budget slashes funding to the Environmental Protection Agency by 30 percent, and programs addressing climate change are the major targets of these cuts. Talk about penny wise and pound foolish! When…

Sad History of Public Land for Private Profit By Karrie E. Alms What does open space forever mean to you? Many of our early leaders believed and many today know that public parks are a smart investment for America’s health…

Rebuilding Our Community One Vote at a Time Unless you have been living under a rock and have not noticed, we are living in some very strange times. The Bible says it this way in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV, “But…

Yard waste pickup begins April 7. With warm weather fast approaching, please be sure that grass/weeds are kept trimmed and mowed. Try to bring your garbage cans in from the curbs and sidewalks as soon after garbage pick-up as possible.…

For 104 years, the John C. Proctor Recreation Center, 209 S. Dusable St., has acted as a community centerpiece for Peoria’s Southside. Built in the Classical Revival style, the building is set off with twin limestone staircases that rise up…

The Women’s Revolution: The Struggle Continues With the continued struggle of “lives matter” in the United States, it never ceases to amaze me that Americans have slowly forgotten that women, especially white women, have been and still remain one of…

“European expatriate artists and their post-World War II students either transformed or founded influential ateliers and printmaking departments in Midwestern universities, turning them into the seedbeds of a remarkable flowering of the fine art print in America .  . .…

Music April 1: Kansas, with the “Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour.” 8 p.m. Peoria Civic Center Theater. 673-3200. April 1: Larry Keel Experience, with Still Shine. 10 p.m. Kenny’s West Side Pub. 676-1693. April 1: Bradley Trumpet Day guest artist concert…