Today's Opinion Page

Even as they looked over the few smoldering remains of their beloved church, the congregation and leadership of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beecher were giving thanks to God for all of their blessings.

Unlike the tornadoes of spring, we tend to get a bit more notice for dangerous winter weather that’s headed our way. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare less for it.

The plight of local fire departments is no secret. For the three elections since March 2020, Bourbonnais, Limestone Township and Grant Park fire districts each have sought voter referendums for a tax increase. All three districts told voters they were looking to hire staff, purchase equipmen…

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COLUMNISTS

Exactly 10 years ago, economist Michael Clemens published a paper in the prestigious Journal of Economic Perspectives called “Economics and Emigration: Trillion-Dollar Bills on the Sidewalk?” He urged fellow economists to consider a paradigm shift in their research about immigration. Though …

Pork is being served in Washington again. Big juicy slices to the lobbyists with the deepest wallets and the campaign contributors who write the biggest campaign re-election checks. It is the way of the swamp. It is the currency of the Washington Beltway. It explains how people get so rich i…

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended last week’s Met Gala wearing a dress emblazoned with the slogan “Tax the Rich.” It’s certainly catchier than what would have been a more appropriate slogan: “This Event Is a Tax Loophole for the Rich.”

IP protections help keep the world safe. Getting a drug successfully to market can cost billions of dollars and take several years of scientific toil. Blood, sweat, tears — and money. Fewer than one in 10 products that enter clinical trials are ever greenlit by the FDA. If those that succeed…

EDITORIAL CARTOONS

We must do more to strengthen our power grid against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. Such an event can result from an attack by terrorists or by another country (e.g. China may already have the capability — which it may use in an economic crisis,) or it can occur naturally. It could re…

In response to Quincy Young’s letter to the Daily Journal published Sept. 15, I contend there is no hypocrisy by the right in regards to abortion. We are not “talking heads” nor do we “proselytize lofty speeches of high ideals hammered home with hate and horror.”

Editor’s note: Superintendents and school board representatives have penned the following argument as to why local control should be the course of action when it comes to public education. The letter was signed by officials from 84 schools throughout the state, including the following: Super…

Alan Webber’s rant on the Afghan withdrawal is wrong on many levels. Besides paying lip service to the 13 service men and women killed by an ISIS K suicide bomber while calling their mission “absurd” and “in vain,” he passes over the immediate cause of their death by claiming not to know wha…

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