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Elizabeth Hess/Left is Right: Now's the time to talk about gun control

By ELIZABETH HESS

"A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

This is the exact wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, adopted on December 15, 1791.

Dan Corkery: About fans, romance and real action

Even after working for The News-Gazette for 37 years, I'm still getting on-the-job training.

Here's what I learned this week.

— After just one column, WDWS morning show co-host Elizabeth Hess has a bigger FAN CLUB than I do. I've been writing for 3 1/2 years, and my fan club consists of my dad and a few friends at church — enough for a nice dinner party.

Jim Dey: What can your cellphone tell others about you?

There are few things Americans more zealously protect than their personal privacy, except, of course, for those millions of occasions each day when they broadcast all kinds of personal information to the entire world.

Social media, like Facebook and other similar internet outlets, demonstrate that many people don't care about their privacy until they do.

Dan Corkery: Take a guess who let in Hess

An interesting things happens when newspaper and radio people get together: We start sharing ideas.

Case in point: Elizabeth Hess, a veteran radio talk show host in Chicago and Champaign, pitched Editor Jeff D'Alessio and me a proposal.

"I'd like to write a column," she said.

Our answer: Come on in. The criticism doesn't hurt.

Much.

Jim Dey: Pritzker faces tough tax, spending issues

With the March 20 primary election just four months away, the multi-candidate race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination is up for grabs.

But if conventional wisdom is correct — it's often wrong — Chicago businessman and Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker holds the whip hand.

Elizabeth Hess/Left is Right: Liberal about caring

By ELIZABETH HESS

I am often asked, "You don't actually believe the liberal stuff you recite on the radio, do you?" I used to have a more defensive response to that question.

Now, I just say, "Yes, I really do — I don't just spout Democratic talking points to get a rise out of people or for ratings."

Ralph Martire: A history lesson on tax cuts

By RALPH MARTIRE

To stimulate the U.S. economy to "levels you haven't seen in many years," President Donald Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families and mega-corporations.

George Will: Basketball's payday, if the sneaker fits

WASHINGTON — Although it is plausible to suspect this, it is not true that the Credit Mobilier scandal of the late 1860-early 1870s (financial shenanigans by politicians and others surrounding construction of the Union Pacific Railroad) and the 1920s Teapot Dome scandal (shady dealings by politicians and others concerning government oil leases) were entangled with Division I college basketball

George Will: An extra helping of irony

WASHINGTON — Tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, is unjustly blamed for what mere gluttony does, making Americans comatose every fourth Thursday in November. But before nodding off, give thanks for another year of American hilarity, including:

Jim Dey: Dems showing measured disapproval on harassment claims

Congressional Democrats were more than happy to discuss the scandal-plagued U.S. Senate candidacy of former Alabama Judge Roy Moore after he was linked to efforts he made decades ago to date teenage girls.