Border fiasco

A nation unable to control its borders is ripe for exploitation by the rest of the world.

In late 2008 and with a near-unanimous vote, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed legislation aimed at protecting children brought illegally into this country to be victimized in the sex-trafficking trade.

'Al the Pal'

Illinois has lost one of its legendary politicians and public servants.

Alan Dixon was retired (involuntarily) from politics in 1992, so it would be no great surprise if many people today are scratching their heads over the praise heaped on the politician who died Sunday at his Fairview Heights home.

Obama powerful, not all-powerful

Presidents may resent the Senate's power to confirm their nominees, but they can't ignore it.

President Barack Obama has made no secret of his dislike in dealing with Congress, particularly the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives.

Court ruling is a real killer

No escaping the consequences of a high court ruling that puts public employees in driver's seat.

Order comes at a cost

No one wants to put police officers in schools, but their presence is preferable to their absence.

This week's decision by the Champaign school board to maintain a police presence in five of its school buildings reflects an obvious triumph for common sense.

Mum's the word

Will loose lips sink the ship of state?

Illinois politicians have just a few rules to follow when it comes to putting their relatives on the public payroll.

— Don't violate the law.

— If you do, don't get caught.

— Especially don't get caught in an election year.

A victory for liberty

Sometimes the government has to be told, "This far — and no farther."

Court lets mom decide for herself

When he was governor, Rod Blagojevich had a bad habit of going too far. Illinois still is dealing with the fallout from his illegal acts.

In 2003, the now-imprisoned Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich worked out a shady deal with a public employees union to designate mothers paid to care for their disabled children as union members required to pay dues.

Big setback

An economy that had been moving forward at a snail's pace has gone backward.

Economists continue to be optimistic about the future. But their pronouncements seem a bit hollow in the wake of news that the U.S. economy shrank by 2.9 percent on an annualized basis during the first quarter of the year.

Toothless watchdog

The illusion of oversight is more preferable to our legislators than the real thing.

Maytag used to run commercials that stressed the dependability of their washing machines by claiming that their repairmen were the "loneliest" men in town.

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