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Toussaint column: Kicking my bucket list to the curb

September 19, 2019

I’d walk out to support the worldwide climate strike, but I work from home. I doubt that standing on my front lawn in small, rural Carbondale would have much impact. I do, however, intend to...


Hong Kong stands athwart an increasingly nasty regime

September 19, 2019

HONG KONG — Lee Cheuk-yan, unlike most Americans, remembers and reveres Lane Kirkland, a hero of the first Cold War. During 16 years as leader of the AFL-CIO, 1979-1995, Kirkland gave crucial support, both material...



Semro column: Long-term care — a perfect storm?

September 18, 2019

There may be something of a “perfect storm” on the horizon for long term care in this country. Like hurricane forecasts, we’ve seen this storm coming for a long time. We’ve seen it building and...



Purcell column: Our cursed 2020 campaign: ‘F-bombs away!

September 17, 2019

Some presidential candidates, past and present, sure have cursed up a storm. The Washington Examiner notes Julian Castro said the “BS” word on HBO, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan called on Republicans to “get their ‘s-word’...




Under The Dome column: The best solutions are local

September 16, 2019

During the legislative session and even before it starts as legislators envision new bills and my Joint Budget Committee structures spending, the Legislature looks for solutions to big statewide problems like housing, education funding and...




Kathleen Parker column: Trump won — again

September 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — Watching the Democratic presidential debate Thursday night left one clear impression: Donald Trump won. Please don’t shoot the messenger. My left index finger recoiled a bit as it reached for the “T” on...



Will column: Hong Kong’s summer of heroic dissent

September 13, 2019

HONG KONG — The masked men who recently tossed firebombs at Jimmy Lai’s home targeted one of this city’s foremost democracy advocates. Lai, a 71-year-old media billionaire, calls this summer’s ongoing protest “a martyrdom movement”...


Mulhall column: Man who catch fly with chopstick…

September 12, 2019

My son and his girlfriend recently vacationed in Tokyo. On their return, my son declared, “There’s a glimmering jewel of Japanese culture America should adopt.” “Oh boy,” I thought, strapping in for a grandiose Gen...






Our visitors must become more than single-use tourists

September 10, 2019

What do leaf-peepers and trophy hunters have in common? Well, to start with a few generalizations, they both come to the mountains around this time of year, most from somewhat flatter locales. Both are also...