What are some ways here in the New Year that people can show a simple act of kindness to others? In this “unkind” time in which we’re living, this might be a new year’s resolution to try.

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Farmers continue to be greatly harmed by the president’s ill-conceived trade war with China. Following previous direct subsidy payments to farmers, the administration has recently proposed boosting ethanol production to aid corn farmers.

As our society has become dependent on a vast and expanding digital infrastructure, it is not surprising that all types of criminal cases — white collar and elder fraud, child sexual exploitation, gun and drug traffickers, and terrorism — are likely to include digital evidence.

It’s been nine years since the Great Recession. Stock markets are at all-time highs. The national economy is booming. Minority unemployment is at record lows. Even Illinois is riding the nation’s coattails with a record-low unemployment rate of 3.9 percent.

I’m not a huge fan of shopping at garage sales, but admittedly, I’ve gone to some sales with friends who are much more passionate about spending an entire Saturday morning driving around town looking for used items, many of which if bought new are relatively inexpensive. I’d describe myself …

On Oct. 23, we spotted a pickup truck with large flags driving in Campustown. One was a desecrated American flag, cut in half and attached to a Confederate flag. The truck also had a black flag. It appeared to have the word “amendment” on it.

Legendary columnist Mike Royko understood the inner workings of the Chicago Democratic Machine better than any before him and probably any who will come after. Royko knew that in Chicago, the Machine did political favors of all kinds, “from million-dollar tax breaks to allowing someone to sl…

When was the last time you did something for the very first time? As baby experiences “firsts” everyday … first time to roll over, to sit up, to crawl, to take a step. But what about the rest of us?

I grew up convinced that my older brother, Jim, hated me. For as far back as I could remember, he had heaped scorn and ridicule upon me. His favorite method was sarcasm, and he was really good at it. I was the butt of many jokes and the victim of nicknames that were in no way kind.

From 1997 to 2017, almost 400,000 people died from an opioid overdose nationally. The number of opioid-induced deaths in 2017 alone was six times higher than 1999. That year, drug overdoses killed a record-breaking 72,300 Americans, more than the yearly death tolls from HIV, car crashes and …

Dark eyes squinted out from his swarthy complexion, and he looked angry. But he didn’t see well. Omar was born with cataracts 14 years ago and struggled to see my face. I would soon learn that the vision his eyes failed him was sharpened by his heart and soul.

In early June of 1994, my wife, along with our German exchange student, Laura Koepke, drove a friend and me to the airport to head out for the 50th anniversary of the Allied landing on the Normandy beaches during World War II. Laura had spent the previous 10 months with us, attended the scho…

I’m a retired English teacher. I know that language use changes, but I still react a little to hear “I laid down for a nap” or “between she and I.” Yet speakers I’ve heard using those include fellow English teachers, college professors and distinguished TV reporters.

Growing up, my first exposure to pets was the nondescript dog Spot, white with black markings, and his buddy, Puff, the orange marmalade cat, in the Dick and Jane primer reading series of the 1950s.

With the state’s unemployment rate hovering around 4 percent, many area businesses are finding it harder and harder to hire skilled workers they need to compete and grow. This is particularly true in health care, manufacturing and other important industries to the area.