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Many Generics Are No Bargain Generic drugs have been considered bargains. Unfortunately, prices of many generic drugs have skyrocketed. An example in the news is the generic medication albendazole used to treat parasitic infections. In 2008, the average cost per…

Elder Care Concerns

BY DAVE WEIMAN For some elders, the ideal solution to diminishing physical capabilities and/or minor medical concerns, is to have caregivers come to their home. There is a growing number of organizations that are available to provide this level of…

Central Illinois: A Cancer Cluster?

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Kim Crandall, who has expressed concern about the growing number of friends and neighbors in her Morton community diagnosed with cancer, walks her pomeranian-poodle mix dogs near a cornfield in an early morning fog.  Many agricultural and lawn care chemicals drift from the sites where they are applied and can volatilize and spread in fog and rain.

BY CLARE HOWARD Kim Crandall walks her dogs, Roo and Mia, everyday on the streets around her Morton home and in the nearby park bordering corn and soybean fields. The walk gives her time to reflect on an alarming pattern…

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REOPEN WOODRUFF? At the December meeting of the board of Peoria School District 150, members discussed a variety of subjects including poor test scores with only 2 percent passing at Peoria High and 5 percent at Manual. Former Woodruff High…

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The steel bins are innocuously, innocently tucked into corners of parking lots, silently pleading for donations slipped into flip-down doors. But contributions to these bins may not help the needy as much as people assume. In fact, the donations are…

More jobs in clean energy than in fossil fuels

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  Aaron Mair, national president of the Sierra Club, spoke in Peoria at the state NAACP conference and said it’s a “false trick” to protect the coal industry because it provides jobs. Now Robert Pollin, distinguished professor of economics at…

JUSTICE reform can be inspired by JUST US

Corrections officials will tell you that most inmates regret they did something stupid; they want to do their prison time; and, most importantly, they have a sincere desire to change. Yet, correctional officials will also tell you that those who…

Choice Makes Moral Sense

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  Life is full of difficult choices. Everyone agrees on that. Should I enlist in the military? Should I get a divorce? Should I have surgery? No one can make these difficult choices go away. They are part of life.…

Land and Water Conservation Fund Survives

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Late in the day on Dec. 16, a 50-year-old conservation program survived to see another day (we hope). The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was passed and signed into law on Sept. 3, 1964. Since that date, over $3.6…

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By our own admission, we are a family of planners. Mother, father, one son, two daughters who enjoy involvement in the many excellent, fun-filled, necessary, enjoyable, and “helping us become better people” activities life offers. Sometimes we’re participants, other times observers. We’re extroverts…

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West Peoria dedicated signs on both ends of Park Road to local musician Jimmy Binkley on Dec. 11. Park Road was chosen because of Binkley’s 12 years entertaining at Sky Harbor. Mr. Binkley died recently; his life was celebrated at…

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Have you heard of the “Streisand Effect?” The website Informy.com provides a brief description of it: “We know now that the more fuss somebody makes about something on the internet, attempting to get it removed, the greater awareness people have…

I attended two productions in December: one for the acting, one for the writing; one was worthwhile, one was not. Bradley’s “Fall Forward, a Festival of Student Directed Plays” was a tedious evening that eventually found me making a quick…

Arts Beat

    MUSIC Jan 2: Rooster Alley “Live at the Five Spot.” 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Art Center. 674-6822. Jan. 2: Three and a Half Men. 8 p.m. Rhythm Kitchen. 676-9668. Jan. 8: Moon Taxi, with Maia Sharp. 7 p.m. Limelight…

Art Still Lives in Central Illinois

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Why do all the great artists live in big cities? Trick question. They don’t. The reality is creativity exists globally in humans regardless of location. From high-ceiling, red-bricked warehouses to garage studios to small spaces in homes, artists in central…

Labor Roundup

The year has had some labor victories. There were several big wins for the labor movement in 2015: the UAW (representing 142,000 workers) ratifying contracts at General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler; Fueling Agents at Phoenix’ Airport unionizing with the…

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Ignorance and Profit: Margarine and the Heart “Avoid butter, use margarine” was standard medical advice in the 1970s to reduce the risk of heart attack. This advice was based on ignorance of the dangers from margarine made from hydrogenated vegetable…

Elder Care Concerns

BY DAVE WEIMAN   An Assisted Living Home might be the ideal solution for an elder who can’t manage well at home, but doesn’t have severe medical problems. The very fact that the elder isn’t very ill, sometimes makes choosing…