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U.S. Supreme Court tests validity of health care law

April 3, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times March 31:After a three-day marathon of oral arguments, the nine members of the Supreme Court met in conference Friday to cast preliminary votes on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare."Some...

Job applicants shouldn’t have to ‘friend’ bosses

April 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Job applicants shouldn't have to 'friend' bossesMcClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)The following editorial appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday, March 29:Prospective employers typically ask job applicants for references. But in the age of the Internet, some want much more.In a chilling...

The ‘good war’ in Afghanistan is unwinnable

April 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Elsie SpeckCarbondale residentPresident Barack Obama's "Good War" is looking less 'good' as each day passes. Though the war was started by President George W. Bush, it is now Mr. Obama's war, as he's been convinced by his generals to remain involved.So he wouldn't appear weak, he sent an additional ...

Illinois legislators have no problem spending taxpayers’ money

April 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Believe it or not, Illinois did have a fair share of decent politicians.One of those was Everett Dirksen from Pekin, who served as a congressman from 1933 to 1949 and then as a senator from 1953 to 1969.Senator Dirksen was a fiscal conservative and was reported to have said, “A million here, a million there. Pr...

University harmed by leaders’ friendly fire

April 1, 2012


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Our WordWhat better way to harm the university's reputation than to have its leaders publicly broadcast their distaste for one another?Just days after Board of Trustees members voted out Roger Herrin as chairman 4-2 on Thursday, Herrin and BOT member Don Lowery claimed the removal was the president's doi...

Midway through semester, parking spots still scarce

March 28, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor:The other day I came to my 11 a.m. class 15 minutes early as usual to allow myself enough time to find a parking spot. After a quick pass through lots 10 and 13, I headed to the tennis courts. Once again, no spots were available.With time running out, I parked in a designated blue spot in...

High heel dilemma: ‘If the shoe fits’ only applies to tiny-toed Barbies

March 28, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor:As graduation looms, I have begun transforming myself from a roll-out-of-bed, hoodie-and-jeans-wearing student to a professional-looking woman.  At first, I had only the interview suit.But this year, I’ve had to dress for internships. I have been practicing being an adult — getting up ea...

U of I makes beeline to surprising findings

By Laura Wood

March 28, 2012


Filed under Columns, Pulse

There has been some buzz in the air about what’s been happening in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s research labs.It appears that honeybees have distinct personality traits that set them apart from each other, and these traits’ chemical makeup is similar to that of humans’, acco...

Transportation bill is an opportunity to rethink federal spending

March 27, 2012


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

By Jason Grumet and Emil FrankelA strong, modern and efficient transportation system is good for everyone in the United States regardless of politics, geography or profession. Almost every American uses the road and rail network paid for with the help of federal dollars. Last year we logged 2.9 trillio...

Religion should not impinge on others’ rights

March 25, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Editor's note: This is in response to the letter published in Thursday's edition, 'God gets to say whether something is right or wrong'.Dear Editor:Yes. You can take religion out of the argument regarding gay and lesbian rights. This is a nation where everybody should be free. Free to love one another, fre...

Tamms’ prison closure is humane, right

March 25, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor:Gov. Pat Quinn recently proposed closing Ilinois' supermax prison located in Tamms. His main concern, it seems, is a financial one. Tamms' prison per inmate costs the state three times what it would cost another state facility to house a prisoner.Such a closure would entail laying off pri...

SIU coal plant needs to retire

March 21, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor:There is a false dichotomy being presented about the clean energy generation: That we must choose between finances and human health. Proponents of the coal plant claim that to convert to green energy would be too expensive. Yet this is not accurate.According to Environmental Protection Ag...

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