DAILY JOURNAL EDITORIALS

As vaccines become widely available and the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, the true extent of its devastation is continually coming into view. A steep rise in overdose deaths is among the problems now in plain sight.

COLUMNISTS

I have never bought the conspiracy theories that COVID-19 was a diabolical political plot to undermine the country. But what is apparent with each passing week is that the virus has been the springboard for the left's agenda to transform America in a way that Sen. Bernie Sanders, Michael Moore or Rachel Maddow could have never imagined.

This week, President Joe Biden was asked whether he had any message for social media amidst a dramatic rise in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases thanks to the delta variant. Biden immediately responded that companies like Facebook were responsible for murder: "They're killing people -- I mean, they're really, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they're killing people." Meanwhile, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said that Facebook had not stopped misinformation thoroughly enough on its platform, calling misinformation a "serious threat to public health."

This week, President Joe Biden was asked whether he had any message for social media amidst a dramatic rise in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases thanks to the delta variant. Biden immediately responded that companies like Facebook were responsible for murder: "They're killing people -- I mean, they're really, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they're killing people." Meanwhile, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said that Facebook had not stopped misinformation thoroughly enough on its platform, calling misinformation a "serious threat to public health."

Since the new wave of race consciousness that has been sweeping our country, precipitated by the graphic video of the killing of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin, something very strange has happened.

As vaccines become widely available and the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, the true extent of its devastation is continually coming into view. A steep rise in overdose deaths is among the problems now in plain sight.

Nothing has changed in a week’s time. Gun violence is still taking away multiple lives on a daily basis. We need to Make America Safer Again (MASA) from gun violence. Unlike the Make America Great Again campaign that failed to define a time period to substantiate its great claim, there is a …

Ken, several weeks ago you wrote a column on Trump, who has been facing legal peril on multiple fronts. Since then a 24-page indictment has arisen by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which details criminal charges against Donald J. Trump’s family business as well as its chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg.

I often hear people criticizing local newspapers, such as the Daily Journal or Star as examples, threatening to quit subscribing. They did “this,” or didn’t cover “that.” There have been claims the papers are too left-leaning and others believe too right-leaning. (Is there such thing as too right-leaning?)

There are those among us who, most unfortunately, think of the COVID-19 pandemic in political terms rather than in scientific and medical concepts. This type of grossly erroneous thinking is based on either abominable, willful ignorance or is the product of a pitifully weak mind that is easi…

The Bradley-Bourbonnais Magnificent Mile. These two communities should be very proud of the truly great job that CSL Behring has done in the beautification of their property. There is nothing shabby or second rate in the wonderful picket iron fence that surrounds their property, the same goe…

We’re barely a month out from the Colonial Pipeline hacking, perpetrated by the Russian-speaking hacking group DarkSide, which left thousands of Americans without gas, preventing many from accessing food or medicine.

As Cubans march in the streets demanding democracy, Scott Reeder sought the opinions of two Illinois politicians who led missions to Cuba -- former Gov. George Ryan and former state Sen. Dan Rutherford

The Biden administration gave Beijing a gift when it endorsed a petition before the World Trade Organization to force the American developers of Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics to relinquish their intellectual property rights to these medicines.

This week, thousands of Cuban dissidents marched against the repressive communist tyranny that has subjugated the Cuban people for three generations. They chanted "Libertad!" and called for the end of the regime. And they carried aloft a symbol of freedom: the American flag.

Democratic mapmakers in Springfield have crafted new legislative districts that are so laughably offensive to the Illinois Constitution the state Supreme Court either would have to reject them outright or confirm the court’s unsavory reputation for partisan political corruptness.

Black lives matter? As ironic as it may seem, it would be cause for a great Juneteenth-like celebration if only 227 blacks were murdered by blacks annually in the United States. The annual number of blacks killed by blacks nationwide is much higher. It is close to 10,000 per year.

Under the United States Constitution, one-third of the power of the federal government is placed in the hands of nine men and women, the Supreme Court. Those nine justices are chosen by a sitting president, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and will serve for life unless they choose to resign. M…

Record flooding, historic droughts, Lake Michigan’s disappearing shoreline. These are the increasingly visible effects of the climate crisis that threaten to further disrupt our economy and our daily lives, while disproportionately impacting underserved and marginalized populations in long-n…

If you are an avid reader of Gary Moore's "Positively Speaking" column that runs weekly in the Daily Journal, you knew this day was coming. And now that it's here, we seem to be at a loss for words — which speaks volumes because words are what we do.

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