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Miller: Rauner keeps struggling when he has to go off the script

A note to Bruce Rauner — the next time you try to claim that Gov. Pat Quinn is “personally” under federal investigation (which, as far as anyone can tell, is not true), it’s probably best not to say it while standing next to a governor …

Speak Out for October 2, 2014

The person commenting on how poorly people dress when in public must be sitting in a cave they haven’t left in years and obviously have never flown. Other than some business people who have to get to a meeting or didn’t want to pack their …

Forum: Cannot ignore ISIS threat

It’s impossible that the ISIS problem happened almost overnight as some would lead us to believe. Was the U.S. intelligence community asleep at the wheel or just ignoring them? Now President Obama and our military are at odds on how to solve this vexing problem. …

Speak Out for Oct. 1, 2014

Bears vs. Packers, 9/28/14: Thank you Fox TV for showing some questionable football and bad officiating between commercials. Evert E. Kooyman, Oak Lawn Well, people, October is here again, and unless you live in a vacuum, it’s breast cancer awareness month; not that this newspaper …

Speak Out for Sept. 30, 2014

I’m convinced the federal government wants parents and their children subservient to it for the rest of their lives. The absolutely usurious student loan interest rates, in this current environment, literally are burying people in unretireable debt. The government allows banks to pay virtually nothing …

Speak Out for Sept. 29, 2014

“Honey Boo Boo,” “Total Divas,” “The Vanilla Ice Project” and many more vapid offerings are the equivalent of cotton candy for the brain. A total lack of creative substance is the success formula for capturing today’s viewers. Brainless voyerism sells. This is merely an observation …

In Illinois government, it’s often not what you know but who you know that gets you hired or lands you that lucrative contract. It has been that way under Republicans and under Democrats. Jobs and contracts are divvied out after every election like the spoils …

Resolving an epidemic of plagiarism

As a former employee of a term paper mill, I usually can tell when someone is attempting to disguise another person’s writing as their own, rather like one of those computer hackers hired by the FBI to help catch other hackers. I’ve long since been …

Forum: Feds’ motives questioned in Warner case

Federal prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to Beanie Baby boss Ty Warner, wanting him sentenced to prison rather than just probation because that might prevent others from committing the same crime. Maybe so, but it seems to me that would be punishing someone for …

Speak Out for Sept. 28, 2014

Now that a new winter looms, how come we still have major potholes everywhere from last winter? The dirty, dark secret that has been going on for years is finally getting the spotlight it deserves, and that is domestic violence. Women stay because some are …

Speak Out for Sept. 26, 2014

I want to thank Sheriff Dart for all he has done for the people and animals of Cook County: from allowing tenants a notification period with foreclosures to holding a puppy rescued from the Dolton Animal Hospital to boosting patrols in areas when needed. You …

Rauner campaign is stumbling into the home stretch

Bruce Rauner reportedly had one of those bugs that were going around last week. I feel his pain. I was sick with one thing or another all week. Luckily, I took a little time off, or I’d probably have felt even worse. Rauner didn’t take …

Speak Out for Sept. 25, 2014

Here we are at the end of another baseball season. Cubs in last; Sox not much better. Two more dismal seasons for the greatest sports fans in the country. Isn’t it time to get rid of Robin? How about spending some $$$ for some more …