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Marriage law needs exemption

There's a glaring omission in same-sex marriage legislation passed last week by the Illinois Senate — an exemption for those who do not want to engage in something they feel is morally repugnant.


Setting priorities best way to cut

After riding high on the fiscal cliff, President Obama is down low on sequestration.

If one believes the Chicken Littles who dominate the news coverage in Washington, D.C., Armageddon is looming.


Solitary confinement raises both moral, medical issues

WASHINGTON — "Zero Dark Thirty," a nominee for Sunday's Oscar as Best Picture, reignited debate about whether the waterboarding of terrorism suspects was torture. This practice, which ended in 2003, was used on only three suspects.


A pretty pair

Federal prosecutors have nabbed two for the price of one in their latest corruption probe in Illinois.

The state of Illinois and its well-entrenched culture of corruption is once again on national display — and subject to national ridicule — following last week's disclosure that former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has agreed to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds.


Prison woes are on the rise

Prison overcrowding and a consequent safety threat is the latest result of Illinois' dysfunction.

Gov. Pat Quinn and members of the General Assembly have jointly failed to address the state's serious financial woes, the result being that state officials are constantly robbing Peter to pay Paul.


It's not illegal to be accurate

The Orwellian use of language is a common ploy in our political debates.

Veteran campaigners in the art of public persuasion know that those who want to control an issue must shape the language with which it is discussed.


Voices: Daryl's house feels like home

By SAL NUDO

Music lovers: If you haven't watched the show "Live from Daryl's House" on Palladia yet, I urge you to check it out.


Guest commentary: Social progress is not the result of technology, but democracy

For society to make general progress, gains in economic productivity must be translated into a broad rise in the standard of living. This can take place through increased wages, consumption, and services, decreased work weeks, expanded education, better health care, old age pensions, longer life spans, and more.


Fawning theatrics show sorry state of our politiics

WASHINGTON — In the 12 months we have to steel ourselves for the next State of the Union spectacle, let us count the ways that this spawn of democratic Caesarism — presidency-worship — has become grotesque. It would be the most embarrassing ceremony in the nation's civic liturgy were the nation still capable of being embarrassed by its puerile faith in presidential magic.


No go locally for camera project

Staving off the inevitable — cameras in courtrooms — is not a productive pastime.

The sand is running out of the hourglass, meaning that modernity in the form of cameras in the courtroom eventually will come to Champaign County.