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For some reason, the word “ilk” has been pestering me over the last few days. Honestly, I have enough on my plate; I don’t need to be badgered by miscellaneous and infrequently used words in the English language who have nothing better to do with their time.

By Wil Williams October 5, 2021
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I am not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured. My oldest son was a year old on Sept. 11, 2001. The wave of patriotism following that day gave me hope for the America that my kids would inherit.

By BRIAN J. ALLFREY, Special to the Courier October 4, 2021
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News that a federal judge had approved the unconditional release of John Hinckley Jr. next June set my phone to ringing furiously earlier this week.

By Michael Reagan October 4, 2021
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Back when my kids were little and I was always schlepping them hither and yon, they’d squabble in the back seat at ever-increasing decibels until I would inevitably unleash my most fervent Dad-ism: “I don’t care who started it, just knock it off!”

October 3, 2021
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When it comes to saving local newspapers, the solutions won’t be found in web metrics, ad rates or shrinking news holes. The solution, seemingly simple yet terrifying complicated, is for newspapers to reconnect with the people they’re supposed to be serving.

By MICHELLE K. REA, Special to the Courier October 2, 2021
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These days, with weather patterns no longer so reliable, it’s hard to know what to expect as the seasons change. The recent rains and those expected next week are certainly welcome and the cooler temperatures are refreshing.

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It's way past political cliche, but that old "Popeye" comic strip where J. Wellington Wimpy promises to pay a short-order cook tomorrow for a hamburger he plans to eat today, is still the best way to describe Republican intransigence this week over a vote to extend the nation's debt ceiling.

By John L. Micek October 1, 2021
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The news story about “Mary Anne” and “Ginger” — the little Prescott pigs that were lost or stolen on Sept. 7 — has a happy ending.

By Tim Wiederaenders September 30, 2021
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Each October the color pink is front and center to raise awareness for the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women: breast cancer.

By GREG MENGARELLI, Special to the Courier September 30, 2021
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In the Quad-Cities region, many business and government leaders are misleading the public into believing we have a secure water future. The reality is that, under current policies, a sustainable water future is nowhere in sight.

By JEAN MOTTA AND GORDON BOND, Special to the Courier September 29, 2021
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Before a couple of weeks ago, it had been over 20 years since my wife and I attended a Texas A&M football game.

By JASE GRAVES, Syndicated Columnist September 29, 2021
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I recently heard a story about forgiveness that you may be familiar with. It has to do with two best friends who were walking along in the desert and, during an argument, one slapped the other in the face.

By Jim Wright September 28, 2021
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The White House press corps is in a snit again because President Biden, who many reporters openly cheered on in last year’s election, has stiffed them repeatedly, refusing to answer their questions and — most recently — tossing them unceremoniously out of the Oval Office.

By CARL GOLDEN, Syndicated Columnist September 28, 2021
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As you listen to what’s going on in politics today, remember that one of the best things we can do as American citizens is become involved.

By Tim Wiederaenders September 27, 2021
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The autumn leaves are expected to be extra vibrant this year, though they are changing colors a week later than is normal.

By Tom Purcell September 27, 2021
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Last week, the Biden administration announced it will begin eight daily flights to return Haitian illegal immigrants from their makeshift shelters under Texas’ International Bridge.

By Joe Guzzardi Syndicated Columnist September 26, 2021
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More than 30 years ago, then-presidential candidate George H.W. Bush stood onstage at the Republican National Convention and famously promised, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” That promise may have won him the election, but it was also his undoing.

By MERISSA HAMILTON, Special to the Courier September 25, 2021
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Last week, I stopped into a local home improvement store looking for some mums to brighten up the frazzled summer planters on our front porch. As I walked towards the garden center, I noticed the clearance patio furniture was mingling with ghoulish zombies and inflatable front lawn witches.

September 25, 2021
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Dear Jeff Bezos: Here’s what Amazon emailed me after a relatively small matter developed into a giant headache: “Your feedback is helping us build Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company.”

By Peter Funt September 24, 2021
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Government-run schools fail kids.

By John Stossel September 23, 2021
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As I sit here trying to imagine a Quad Cities without water – maybe not in my lifetime but someday, pundits say – I marvel at the theoretical water wars.

By Tim Wiederaenders September 23, 2021
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It is an assumption of “if you build it, they will come.”

By Tim Wiederaenders September 22, 2021
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I never parted with a $20 bill faster.

By Tom Purcell September 22, 2021
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It was exciting enough last Wednesday when the first SpaceX private flight launched four civilians into a trip around the earth in a trip dubbed Inspiration4. What really amazed me, though, was reading that for the first time in the 60-year history of space flight in this country, there were no trained astronauts on board with them.

By Jim Wright September 21, 2021
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When it comes down to it, many of the significant problems associated with the COVID pandemic resulted from a failure of imagination.

By Peter Roff September 21, 2021

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