This November, we will elect our next president. In November of 1948, I cast my first presidential ballot.
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” -- “A Tale of Two Cities,” Charles Dickens
On March 15, damaging winds, hail and tornadoes struck the Quad-Cities and surrounding area. Winds reached at least 69 mph. Homes and buildings were damaged. A few homes were destroyed. Following are three significant tornadoes that hit the local area many years ago.
The nation is $20 trillion in debt. What is the best way to cut the deficit, while funding necessary government programs?
When I first came to Rock Island a half century ago, the first great home dedicated to public use I became acquainted with was Butterworth Center. Then, later, the Deere-Wiman House, and eventually the Hauberg Center.
I firmly believe Rock Island County needs a new courthouse. I held that view since long before my retirement in 2000.
If you were President Obama, and you were serious about keeping the U.S free from radical Muslims jihadists, how would you go about it? Ban assault rifles? Ban radical Muslims from entering the country? I suggest if you ban assault rifles, and let radical Muslims in, you will fail to protec…
When the Supreme Court in Citizens United held that all corporations -- profit, non-profit and ecclesiastical -- had the First Amendment right to use their corporate funds to voice and "broadcast" their political and economic ideas (as The New York Times or The Washington Post do on a daily …
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” -- 1st Amendment, U.S. Constitution
"The Congress shall have power ... to establish a uniform rule of naturalization ... throughout the United States." -- U.S. Constitution, Article 1.
"I am being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI director?" -- President Trump, June 1.
Do you want single-payer health insurance? Have you considered the unintended consequences? If not, consider the ghastly mess that Illinois finds itself in as the result of creating five employee pension systems.
On May 16, The New York Times published a piece captioned, "Comey memo says Trump asked him to end Flynn investigation."
When a court says something is “legal," does that make it “moral?” For the sake of discussion, consider three quite disparate things: cruelty to animals, abortion and slavery.
On May 28, Republicans and Democrats compromised - to continue the status quo! The Congressional short-term funding bill, which avoids a government "shut-down," calls for $1.07 trillion in government spending. All those Americans who have wished for "compromise" and "more of the same," got …
Hawaiian Federal District Court Judge Derrik Watson has entered a temporary order restraining President Trump from enforcing his revised executive order dealing with immigration from six Muslim countries.
Neil Gorsuch has now been confirmed as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court over Sen. Chuck Schumer's bizarre objection that Judge Gorsuch was not a "mainstream" nominee.
Jim Nolan wrote glowingly here last Monday about an American Service Credits proposal.
Incessant ads on radio and television tell us a "monetary crisis impends" and that "NOW is the time to buy gold!"
For three months we have been bombarded with incessant claims that Vladimir Putin "meddled" to elect President Trump. Why? What was Putin's motive? How would a Trump victory better further Russian interests?
What happens when the American people reject election results? Defy a Supreme Court holding? President James Buchanan, our vilified 15th president, had strong views on those questions.
On Jan. 27, President Trump issued an order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The federal district court enjoined enforcement of portions of that executive order. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to keep the district court's ruling.
On Feb. 3, a conservative speaker was slated to speak at the University of California at Berkeley. That's when "Black Bloc" intervened.
I recently had a conversation with a brilliant man -- a liberal friend -- I've known for almost 50 years. He opposes President Trump's "extreme vetting" immigration policy.
When Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, I was wary of his associations, economic notions, views on foreign policy and disarmament.