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galesburg.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more.

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    What did you think of the moderators' questions at Wednesday's debate among Republican presidential candidates?Moderators weren't doing their jobsIt's condescending and disingenuous to state that Donald Trump claims he would make Americans better off because his greatness would replace the stupidity and incompetence of others and then ask: "Is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?"Questions should help us learn about the [...]

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    Do you support the proposal being considered by the Galesburg City Council that would eliminate landscaping requirements for new businesses?

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    What do you think of list of priorities submitted by District 205's Budget Reduction Committee?

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    How hopeful are you that the Heart and Soul process will impact the future of Galesburg?

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    What role should the government play in addressing mass shootings in the United States?We need smart answers to complex questionGovernment didn't create the problem of mass shootings, and it won't solve them either. As common as mass shootings have become, they are still atypical and difficult to predict, which makes them difficult to prevent. And while there are some commonalities, each shooting is different. In recent years, we've seen mental illness, [...]

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    What is your response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for banning all Muslims from entering the United States?Let's put Trump chapter behind usTrump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is as impractical as it un-American. It will never come to pass, so I've been hesitant to invest much energy discounting it. Regardless of what a fraction of Republicans say in polls a month or so before the first primary, [...]

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    In Saturday's Register-Mail will be a 16-page full color section showing the history of cartoons in newspapers. The content is provided by King Features, a syndicate celebrating 100 years in the comic business. Readers will see the earliest comics, such as Yellow Kid, by Richard Outcault, which began publishing in William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal in 1896. Some of the other early comic strips in the section are: Barney Google, Bringing Up Father, Polly and Her Pals, Thimble [...]

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    Today, Editor Tom Martin shows you the most read (clicked on) stories posted to galesburg.com in 2015.

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    Going into 2016, I need more volunteer writers for the opinion page. Specifically, I need two local volunteers to write monthly columns about local, state and national issues. Currently, I have Harry Bulkeley and Judy Guenseth. If you're interested in joining them, email me a paragraph or two telling about yourself, your politics and your writing. Similarly, I'd like to invite more writers to the Community Roundtable. Each week, Roundtable writers respond in 150 words or fewer to [...]

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    The Register-Mail editors talk about some of the top local newsmakers of 2015.

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    District 205 is embarking on some historic spending cuts. While the proposal makes sense — the district needs to downsize to meet declining enrollment — the public deserves the time to digest the plan, ask questions and provide insight and opinions. It’s the beauty and the mess of open government. Sometimes it’s unpleasant and slows down the work.The School Board met Tuesday night (this was written prior to the meeting) to hear the proposal. The [...]

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    What do you think about District 205's $3.2 million in spending cuts? More time to consider consequencesThe district absolutely needs to cut spending. It can no longer afford to spend down its reserves. And most of these cuts appear to be informed decisions — they were arrived at through thought, discussion and research.But I'm worried about what these cuts will mean to students. We're cutting 75 jobs, or about 10 percent of [...]

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    Soon after Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign with a promise to build a wall on the southern border to keep illegal immigrants out, Latin American workers building Trump's new hotel steps from the White House groused about his insults and admitted that many of the workers had crossed the border illegally and still lack legal documentation.Trump is still talking about his wall, but the illegal immigrants on his payroll are as forgotten as the undocumented immigrants who tended [...]

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    President Obama in his State of the Union address touted the strength of the economy. How do you believe the economy is doing?

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    Evaluate Bruce Rauner's first year as Illinois governor.

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    The Register-Mail is working with Carl Sandburg College to have a forum for candidates running for state representative in District 74. Three candidates are vying to replace long-time legislator Don Moffitt, who has decided against seeking another term.Bill Butts of Galesburg is seeking the Democratic nomination in District 74 unchallenged.Candidates Mike DeSutter of Woodhull, Wayne Saline of Rio and Dan Swanson of Alpha have agreed to participate in the forum from 7-9 p.m. [...]

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    What do you think about Iowa's caucus system?

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    Should Illinois support the Independent Map Amendment, which changes the way political maps in the state are drawn?Competitive districts improve governmentState Rep. Don Moffitt has long contended that one of the most fundamental problems with Illinois government is that political districts are not competitive. He knows because he had little to no opposition in the past decade. Much of that is due to Moffitt's strong tenure representing the area, but [...]

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    The Register-Mail and Carl Sandburg College will co-sponsor a candidate forum at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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    Why do presidential candidates Donald Trump, Republican, and Bernie Sanders, Democrat, continue to be popular with voters? It's pitch fork time in U.S.People are not just weary about politics as usual, they’re angry. This is the rank and file coming with pitch forks. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the pitch forks. Sanders wants to get even with the fat cats on Wall Street. Trump claims he answers to no special interests and says [...]

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