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  • Eric Olson: Listen to protesters, not looters

    In the news business, you learn quickly that sometimes those who claim to be oppressed are really the victims of their own bad choices.
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 11:22 pm
  • Jason Akst: The Black Friday redemption

    Last year and last week, I guilt-tripped you about Black Friday. Last week’s guilt trip was more abo ...
    UPDATED: Nov. 29, 2014 - 12:36 am
  • Barry Schrader: This Thanksgiving, thank a soldier or a veteran

    It was the day before Veterans’ Day this month when Phyllis Cunningham told me the story of a long-forgotten World War II hero named Esket Baxter who ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:45 am
  • Eric Olson: They're bringing in the trash, as promised

    For better or worse, more trash – and more cash – have begun rolling into DeKalb County.In August, W ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:01 pm
  • Jason Akst: Channeling Nancy Reagan

    Here’s a puzzler to break up the monotony: I’m thinking of a word. See if you can deduce what that word is. Here are some hints.
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 12:14 am
  • Jason Akst: It’s growing colder outside

    Louie is upbeat these days.He loves cold. Can’t get enough of it.But Louie, a yellow Lab/Great Pyren ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • Guest View: How enterprise zone can help DeKalb County

    As a member of the DeKalb County Board from District 7, I am in favor of the enterprise zone.I belie ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 11:09 pm
  • Schrader: The anatomy of a 2014 time capsule

    Having been involved in five time-capsule projects over the years, it was fun to organize a sixth one this year for the Ney Grange members. They are o ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 9:16 pm
  • Eric Olson: Winter comes, be prepared

    The weather forecast is calling for cold, and maybe even snow next week.Weather experts such as Gilb ...
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 12:55 am
  • Akst: Let’s not forget veterans

    Just after I turned 18, one of my best friends and I drank some beer and headed to our local post office. He had recently turned 18, too.
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 11:26 pm
  • Eric Olson: Spend 'political capital' wisely

    “I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.” – President George W. Bush, after winning re-election in 2004
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:01 pm
  • Eric Olson: NIU grad remembers meeting Kennedy in DeKalb

    On Oct. 25, 1959, Bill Farley decided to spend part of a Sunday listening to Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy speak in DeKalb.  
    Nov. 1, 2014 - 12:29 am
  • Akst: Halloween, a love story

    Recently I wrote that America should stop celebrating Columbus Day, at least in its present form, because of the atrocities Columbus inflicted on nati ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 11:53 pm
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