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School's homecoming rules put teen in awkward position

DEAR ABBY: Homecoming is next month, and we are not allowed to take outside dates. My girlfriend goes to a different school and doesn't wan… Read more

THE THROWBACK MACHINE: Of Tron, trilogies and time…

Last Friday night I was in the “workshop” of Castle Clint, a room with my vintage stereo equipment and retro video games I retreat to when … Read more

Accident ends couple's plan to have children together

DEAR ABBY: I am 15 years older than my boyfriend, "Spencer," and have two kids from a previous marriage. Spencer and I have been living tog… Read more

Jealous girlfriend threatens brother-and-sister relationship

DEAR ABBY: My brother and his girlfriend live together. One day I heard his ex-girlfriend had passed away suddenly, so I told him because I… Read more

COLUMN: Brother, can you spare an ambulance?

I don't feel comfortable giving my opinion on the Mattoon ambulance controversy because I have directly helped write news stories on the to… Read more



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EDITORIAL: Higher ed news is more positive than negative

The news for Central Illinois institutions of higher learning, for the first time in a few years, is more positive than negative. Read more

OUR VIEW: The media is not the enemy

We join newspaper editorial boards across the country today in delivering a common message to President Donald Trump: We cannot sit on the … Read more

Editorial: Civility strengthens nation

We are among the 70 percent of Americans who, according to various polls, think the tone of our nation's political discourse is getting worse.  Read more

EDITORIAL: Suicide warnings hit home with celebrity deaths

Anyone who says suicide is a long-term solution to a short-term problem has never slipped into that blackest hole of hell, or has never lis… Read more

EDITORIAL: Blagojevich sentence should be reduced

Disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich deserves to be in prison. But here’s the catch: We can’t condemn President Donald Trump’s suggestion that… Read more


LETTER: All citizens should vote

It’s easy to register to vote in Coles County. You need to be 18 years old, born in the U.S. or a naturalized citizen, and have 2 forms of … Read more

LETTER: Trump's trade plan sounds good

Tariffs exist in today's world as only one of other political tools. Ideally, such tools exist to allow creation of a civil social order wh… Read more

LETTER: Remember to make others feel valued

Since John McCain’s death about two weeks ago on August 25, so many anecdotes and words of affection have been shared about this very human… Read more

LETTER: A twist on 'Little Boy Blue'

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn. The sheep are in the meadow and the cows are in the corn. Where is the little boy who tends the sheep… Read more

LETTER: Feral cats are a problem

Two weeks ago some man in a white SUV style minivan dumped off a cat by our house. He knows who he is. We finally caught the cat but not be… Read more


National Opinion

Commentary: To weed through California candidates, here are two key questions to ask

For many Californians, it seems like a tsunami of policy proposals have been released this election season. The volume of ideas – coupled with the challenge of finding credible assessments of them – makes deciding which candidate or proposal to support all the more difficult. And even when we find reliable information, it often reads like a review of a candidate's capacity to lead as much as ... Read more

Commentary: How America forgot 'Never Forget'

This week calls for reflection as we pause to remember the 2,997 people who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the thousands of Americans killed and wounded in military service to our country since that horrific day. Seventeen years later, we also honor the heroic actions of two American statesmen, former Gov. Thomas Kean and former Rep. Lee Hamilton. They led the eight ... Read more

Commentary: Brett Kavanaugh contends a judge's views don't matter. He knows that's not how the Supreme Court works

Once again a Supreme Court nominee has insulted the intelligence of the American public by likening justices to "umpires." Echoing the language used by John G. Roberts Jr. at his confirmation hearings in 2005, Brett Kavanaugh declared last week before the Senate: "A good judge must be an umpire - a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy ... . I don't decide cases based ... Read more

Commentary: Rep. Cummings: Trump administration turns back the clock on health care reform

Last week, a federal court in Texas heard oral arguments in yet another lawsuit attacking the Affordable Care Act. The difference this time is that the Trump administration refused to defend the law - choosing instead to jeopardize the health care and financial well-being of tens of millions of Americans with pre-existing health conditions. Back in 2010, before we passed the Affordable Care ... Read more

Commentary: The hidden agenda of the EPA 'transparency rule'

In April 2018, the Trump administration, through the Environmental Protection Agency, proposed the use of the "transparency rule," which states that the EPA can only consider scientific studies that include underlying data made openly available to the public for analysis. It would, therefore, limit what scientific data could be used to determine EPA regulations. A four-month public comment ... Read more

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