Despite probable reality, my New Year’s wish for 2020 is that no people need flee beloved homes as refugees from fire, flood or war.
It’s that time of year again. Over the past few weeks, we strived to wear the perfect outfit, get the perfect gift and host the perfect holiday party. While it was a festive time, many of us got perfectly stressed out.
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.
As an Asian American student in Unit 4, I’ve been predestined for high academic achievement.
Everyone has heard Shakespeare’s comparison: “All the world’s a stage,/ And all the men and women merely players.” We are very much aware of the plays we are individually acting in — all those conflicts small and great with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, health, luck, beliefs, achievement.
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.
Depending upon your upbringing and beliefs, three major holidays in America — Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas — carry different connotations.
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 …
Black Friday might be the longest day of the year now. Used to be, it was just the Friday after Thanksgiving. Now, going by the Black Friday ads, it seems to start the morning after Halloween and runs until who knows when.
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.
I never planned to spend my entire life in my college town. But the months and years went by, I earned my college degrees and this is the only place I feel I will ever call home.
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.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently claimed “Fifth Estate” status for social media, wrapping the mantle of free speech around open conduits for falsehood that are upending our political life.
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 …
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is my fourth cousin; we share the same great-great-grandparents on my father’s side. I pieced together that branch of the family tree while reading a popular business magazine a few years ago.
After more than a year as a privileged and responsible member of the Champaign Police Department’s Use of Force Committee, let me offer my opinion as to its nature, expectations and value.
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.
Health-damaging behaviors, particularly tobacco use, lack of physical activity and poor eating habits, are major contributors to the leading chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.
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.
Wesley United Methodist Church at Green and Goodwin in Urbana will present a seminar on Guns and Society at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22. All are welcome to attend.