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Country before sports

Editorials Kudos to Defense Secretary James Mattis, who on May 1 halted the Pentagon’s practice of allowing athletes at the nation’s military academies to work around their commitment to serve on active duty in order to play professional sports. For eons, athletes, like their peers at the nation’s service academies, were required to serve five years on active duty following graduation.... 4:00pm 05/24/17

What we don’t know can hurt us

Editorials At the end of this month many of us will gather in a park, a cemetery or perhaps some other public space to pay homage to the men and women who wore our country’s uniform and, as President Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg in November 1863, gave “the last full measure of devotion” to preserve our way of life. Gratitude is nice, but it seems hollow if we have fail to... 4:00pm 05/20/17

Protecting our heritage

Editorials President Donald Trump has asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review national monuments created using the Antiquities Act by presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama since Jan. 1, 1996. The review, the first in the act’s 111-year history, includes those that encompass more than 100,000 acres and leaves room for review of monuments of all sizes considered to have been expanded or... 4:00pm 05/19/17

Community journalism at its best

Editorials He didn’t mince words, and those words have landed the editor at a small Iowa newspaper the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, putting him in the company of winners from the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Art Cullen, the winning editorial writer from the Storm Lake Times, caught the notice of many media and their followers for being the little guy who... 4:00pm 05/18/17

Campaign against road rage

Editorials A couple of weeks ago, 43-year-old truck driver Eduardo Munoz of Northlake, Ill., was shot to death during the afternoon rush hour an Illinois interstate. Last week, 34-year-old tow-trucker driver Anthony Tillmon was charged with first-degree murder in the case, the Arlington Heights Daily-Herald reported. There’s likely a long trial ahead and it would be inappropriate to rush... 4:00pm 05/17/17