If you possessed a Victrola in 1933, you could play the latest Victor release, a Broadway lullaby by the legendary songwriting team of Billy Rose, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen: “It’s only a paper moon, hanging over a cardboard sea.”

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In my dotage, slipping into dementia, soon to be wandering around in the halls of a nursing home, naked (not a pleasant sight), there is comfort in being cranky, and perpetually in that state of mind.

For quite some time now, special counsel Robert Mueller and the liberal Democrats in Washington have been on a mission to prove that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections and helped Donald Trump win the presidential election over Hillary Clinton.

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The ranks of Facebook are chock-full of idiots. So, why is George Washington spinning in his grave? What possible connection could there be between the Father of Our Country and the latest injury to rational discussion – vaccines?

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called me on Monday, Aug. 27, and we discussed her announcement of Aug. 23 stating that she would like to have a conversation with the bishops of the Catholic dioceses of Illinois about our handling of allegations of "sexually inappropriate behavior inv…

Back when I was growing up, dad would say, "It is supper time." We would stop what we were doing and go to the house to eat. When I got older, we did the same with our kids: "It is supper time." The good old days, they say. If you missed supper, you could eat later.

If a New York bartender can boot a guy wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat because the bartender disagrees with the Donald Trump supporter, why can't a religious fundamentalist cake maker in Lakewood, Colorado refuse to bake a red and blue cake celebrating an attorney’s transition from …

Fatal aviation disasters are a rare event in the modern age. It would come as a shock to hear of a passenger jet crashing and killing everyone aboard. Now try to imagine it happening today, tomorrow, the next day and the day after. That will give you an idea of the death toll from drug overd…

Senator John McCain devoted his life to the country he loved and served as the very model of a warrior and statesman. The legacy of his many decades of public service left no question that he unapologetically put country first. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones, and our…

My heart is heavy today as I join countless Americans across our country in mourning the loss of one of our nation’s greatest leaders and statesmen, one of my personal heroes, Senator John McCain. Throughout his life – as a Naval Aviator, a Prisoner of War who endured years of torture, a Con…

A few months ago, JB and I met a woman named Emily from Waterloo. She’s a union construction worker, raising two children on her own. She’s doing everything she can to give her children the best life possible, but it’s not easy and our tax system isn’t making it any easier.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, recently introduced a bill to crack down on flavored tobacco in e-cigarettes. He believes Big Tobacco is marketing to kids with flavors like cake batter, whipped cream and gummy bears. As a mother and grandmother, I applaud his efforts.

Several months ago, I went with my grandson to see “Black Panther.” The movie was grand, but I should have taken my night googles. Unfortunately, it was difficult to see the actors, or anything else.

INDIANAPOLIS – It was just two years ago that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence entered the Trumpian twilight zone. Those close to him saw it as a deal with the devil. Others believed it would be his clearest path to the presidency he had coveted since childhood. What commenced in Indianapolis, Westfi…

The Rocks, a 90-acre chunk of woods owned by my granduncle, a former violent man who once tried to stab a divorce lawyer during a rather heated discussion over the issue at hand, pays tribute to the Ice Age by way of deep ravines.

So, Sean Hannity walks into the local bar. Slipping onto the seat beside me, President Trump’s pal regarded me, and frowning, asked: “Are you Harry Reynolds?” Being of a more moderate persuasion when it comes to politics, and not really convinced that Fox Cable News’ superstar is fair and ba…

With the 5-4 decision in Janus v AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court delivers a rallying cry to America’s working men and women, including our public school employees. Those who pushed the Janus lawsuit, including Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Policy Institute, will be disappointed to learn …

Apparently, one of the requirements to be the head of the Environment Protection Agency is to be good buddies with prolific polluters. Another requirement is to live high on the hog at taxpayers’ expense.

Dad kicked my foot. “Quit, riding the clutch!” Being 16, with a budding temper, naturally led to an altercation. In close quarters, in the front seat of an automobile, the option of throwing punches was limited. Even a short, hard jab to the face would have required a separation of at least …

Thirty-five years ago, as the editor of a suburban Boston newspaper, I faced a hostile crowd in a church meeting room over a story my newspaper had written about the public suicide of a young man. Efforts to persuade him to give up his gun blocked main street traffic for several hours and ca…

Comedian Kathy Griffith (and you thought Osama bin Laden was hysterical) is arrogant, self-centered, and self-righteous – and ugly. Well, I could toss in a word that begins with a “b,” but, I will not. Oh, the “h-“ with it, “b” describes her perfectly. My apologies go to the Politically Corr…

So, this guy walks into a bar in Manhattan in New York during the “Happiest Hour,” wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Of course, there was only one thing the bartender could do – tell Mr. George Piatek (might as well be formal) to leave.

The government’s recent edict requiring the listing of calories on foods will, given what happened when diet drinks became the rage, only increase obesity in America. Of course, the requirement issues from good intent.

My son, who is in his late 30s, and myself are on the opposite side of the aisle, you could say. It’s a generational difference that is not uncommon for many of us. We all know someone, whether it’s in our family, or at work, or even friends and neighbors, that we’ve had political disagreeme…

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, we were in the Shelbyville, Illinois area with plans to attend a wedding. During our travels, our vehicle was rear-ended. The force of the impact resulted in our vehicle over-turning.

Thanks to the brilliant research, and a compelling demonstration of a United States senator, the ridiculous claim by over 90 percent of the world’s scientists that global warming climate change is real has been proven false. Up until Sen. Jim Inhofe brought a snowball to the Senate floor, I …

My father died at the age of 45, a railroad freight conductor who stepped off his caboose at the wrong time. A passenger train, with an engineer at the helm who had been restricted to the yards at one point, took father out of this world.

The little bandages on her belly didn’t last long once she decided she could pull them off. “Got dots,” Annaka would say, referring to the fresh scar stretching from one side of her stomach to the other, bisected in the middle by a second cut moving up.

Farmers know how to roll with the punches. Weather patterns change, markets shift, and every season brings a host of challenges that can make or break a harvest. Planning for the lean times is part of the job.

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