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Freedom’s Price

doorsandwindows

We the people of the United States of America celebrate our independence this month. As we pull out the red, white and blue, make much noise and overindulge in festive delectables, let us not waste the day waiting for the…

Insights about family vacations

serendipity

Plans commenced many months ago for a June, 2014 family vacation. When I mentioned a possible Florida trip or asked more experienced travelers for suggestions about renting a beach house, they would ask who was going. My response of “eight…

Continued chaos at District 150

straighttalk

Never before in Peoria’s rich educational history has there ever been such chaos in District 150. The Charter Oak mess created by Superintendent Grenita Lathan and supported by a totally incompetent board, in my opinion, continues. Here’s the latest. The…

From alien to native …

goinggreen

The question isn’t whether the aliens have landed. Fact is, they are here in the U.S., they number in the thousands of species, and they are increasingly disruptive: causing extinctions, spreading disease, harming forests, and contributing to ecological instability. And…

In defense of the dandelion

goinggreen

It’s been called a lot of things: Priest’s Crown, Irish Daisy, Swine’s Snout, Milk Witch and Peasant’s Cloak, to name a few. But regardless of its name, the dandelion is a plant almost everyone knows. This alone makes it special.…