Tao Insight in the DOW

The Tao Te Ching is a classic Chinese text from at least the fourth century BCE (Before the Common Era; means same as B.C. but does not refer to Christianity). I read from the Stephen Mitchell English version recently in…

Income Inequality at Root of Ferguson

The verdict rendered regarding officer Darren Wilson is not only a sickening moral decision on behalf of the people of Ferguson and its citizens, but a fraudulent disgrace of injustice on American people, the Brown family, African American parents and…

Methadone Programs

(“Counting on Methadone,” Community Word, December 2014) I’m very frustrated at the way most people look at methadone programs. I was an IV drug user back in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. I went to prison twice for writing checks…

‘Teachers must be defended’

  I am writing to thank you for defending teachers in your recent Community Word column (Bill Knight, December 2014). It seems that more often than not, we teachers are under attack. Any time someone speaks up, and does so…

Affordable Care Act is working well

(Community Word, December 2014) Expanding Medicare and making it available to people younger than 65 is favored by most Americans, according to a recent New York Times/CBS poll. Expansion was favored by 59 percent of respondents. However, despite that positive…

TAXES: Caterpillar in the Spotlight

Peoria has tied its economic future to Caterpillar Inc. for over a century. The corporation made several Top 10 lists in recent months. Here are two of them: Truth-out.org: Corporations: Sure We Don’t Pay Our Taxes, But We Want Tax…

Relentless proximity

Despite an official letter of opposition from the Marshall County Board and widespread opposition from local residents, an Iowa firm has received tentative approval from the Illinois Department of Agriculture for Sandy Lane LLC Hog Farm, a massive, 20,000-head hog…

A tale of two cities and two road projects

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The City of Peoria recently completed — well, sorta — a road project on Forrest Hill between Sheridan Road and Knoxville. The road is being repaved with new drainage, etc. Now, work isn’t exactly completed. They just stopped and reopened…

Three Common Misconceptions About Islam & Muslims

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Kamil Mufti is resident scholar and imam at the Islamic Foundation of Peoria where he has served for the past six years. His interests (or passions) include expanding understanding of Islam and developing interfaith harmony. The most common stereotype people…

Serendipity for January 2015

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Oh, New Year’s Resolutions, how I love you! Let me count the ways! Maybe prior to counting, a more realistic assessment of my affection for you is necessary. I love the thought of an entire new year ahead, and the thrill of speculating…

A Little Birdy Told Me…

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Prior to the turn of the 20th century, there was a long tradition of pushing oneself away from the table on Christmas and finding an excuse to go traipsing off through the woods. Part of the tradition was to take…

West Peoria News for January 2015

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Peoria County Deputy James Middlemas will become police officer for the City of West Peoria on duty Tuesday through Saturday from 6:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. beginning Jan. 5, 2015. We are fortunate to have a day officer on duty.…

Arts Beat

MUSIC Jan. 2: Rooster Alley “Live at the Five Spot.” Contemporary Art Center. 674-6877. Jan. 9: “Blues Caravan 2015: Girls with Guitars,” featuring Eliana Cargnelutti, Sadie Johnson and Heather Crosse. 7:30 p.m. Limelight Eventplex. 693-1234. Jan. 9: Soft Spoken “Live…

Peoria’s return to national prominence

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There is a small group of community leaders hard at work to put Peoria back on the art map. “In the 1930s, Peoria had a national arts reputation. It’s possible to have that again, and that’s what we are working…

Neighborhood Notes for January 2015

* Three new neighborhood associations this year registered with the City, bringing the total of registered neighborhood associations to 105, reports Neighborhood Development Specialist Steve Fairbanks. Also, four new neighborhood watch groups were established, meaning that more than 75 neighborhood…

Labor Roundup

Union-owned Bank of Labor to open DC branch.    The Kansas City-based union-owned Bank of Labor will open a branch in the nation’s capital in the spring, making it one of the few worker-friendly financial institutions in D.C. When it…

Screening for breast cancer

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(part 1 of 2) Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women except for skin cancer. More than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 40,000 women will die from breast cancer. There are more…