Op-Ed: What Message Are We Sending Our Kids?

BY RYAN HIDDEN Illinois state legislators are considering adult-use cannabis legalization. Some argue the reason to legalize cannabis is to raise revenue for the state. One estimate is the state could generate $350 million to $700 million per year with…

Letters: Top Legislative Agenda Should Be Climate Change

Re “Immigration and Infrastructure Top of Legislative Agenda for Republicans in Congress” (Ray LaHood’s column, February 2018): I suggest a-top-of-the-agenda item for Congress—climate change. Tragically, the present Republican President, cabinet, White House staff and Congress not only do not identify…

Inland Art: Central Time Ceramics

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The biennial Central Time Ceramics exhibition will open March 6 at Heuser and Hartmann Galleries, Bradley University. Show founder and Bradley Ceramics Professor Randy Carlson chose Gail Kendall, emeritus professor, University of Nebraska, whose decorative pottery is widely recognized and…

Straight Talk: Another shooting tragedy

It was painful to listen and watch as details of another horrible multiple shooting were reported in the nation. The latest at a high school in Parkland, Fla., cost 17 lives and more than 14 injured. After the 19-year old…

Bill Knight: Don’t politicize from the pulpit

A year ago this winter, President Trump at the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast repeated his campaign promise to dismantle the Johnson Amendment, the federal law prohibiting nonprofits, including churches from getting involved in partisan electoral politics. “I will get rid…

Nature Rambles: Signs of Spring

This year, February made us remember it is still a month of winter. Frequent snowfalls and cold arctic blasts have kept the landscape in a dormant state for much of the month. As February wanes towards March, that wintery grip…

Real Talk: How long do we need to wait?

I recall the words explaining why we can’t wait spoken so eloquently by Dr. Martin Luther King. I now realize how profound that one question is. I now understand King was not in a rush for change, he just couldn’t…

West Peoria News: Garbage fee vote

Bob Streitmatter, manager of Luthy Botanical Garden, will speak at 6 p.m. March 15 at the West Peoria Resident’s Association, West Peoria City Hall. The public is invited to attend. You have the opportunity to vote March 20 on whether…

Circulation Problems Plague PJS

Subscribers to Peoria’s only daily newspaper go days without newspaper delivery, are treated rudely by delivery people and in one case, a female senior citizen called her carrier after four days without a paper and the response she was given…

Arts Beat: March 2018

Music March 1: “Wood & Wire Collective” bluegrass, folk and Americana music. 6:30 p.m. Pour Bros. Craft Taproom. 670.0430. March 2: Get The Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute. 8 p.m. Peoria Civic Center Theater. 673-3200. March 2: Central Illinois…

Black newspapers fight for justice

February marks Black History Month, when Americans remember the heroic Crispus Attucks and George Washington Carver, daring women such as Harriett Tubman and Rosa Parks, and stalwart figures ranging from Frederick Douglass to Peoria’s own Dr. Romeo B. Garrett. Less…

Welcome to America

Reprinted with permission from The Traveler Weekly Recently, five friends and I booked a trip to Cancun through Peoria Charter Coach Tours. In all, 21 of us traveled by charter bus to O’Hare International Airport to fly to Cancun. Our…

Straight Talk: PJ Star cheap shot

Last year, I was a guest on a PJ Star podcast. One of the questions I was asked near the end of the interview was, “Why do you dislike the Journal so much?” I said that I didn’t dislike the…