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    With another mass shooting this week, the gun control debate is back in the fore. What is the solution to reducing gun violence? Find a way to keep guns from the untrustworthyIn a guest opinion for the New York Times, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and of the Joint Special Operations Command, and a member of the Veterans Coalition for Common Sense, writes:“We [...]

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    Should the city use the utility tax money to renovate The Armory?

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    The eighth investigation of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi ended like all the many investigations targeting Hillary Clinton over more than two decades. Millions in taxpayer dollars were spent with next to nothing accomplished. Clinton's political opponents advertised her guilt for years but in the end, couldn't prove she'd done anything wrong.The latest House probe, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, was transparently political and partisan. Democrats on the committee weren't [...]

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    In the middle of the last century, as Americans took to the highway in record numbers, the statistics on lives lost in auto accidents set records as well. By 1972, more than 54,000 people were killed on the road.Complicated problems require multiple solutions, so America tried lots of things to reduce highway fatalities. We built safer highways and tamed the wildest intersections. Government required automakers to build safer cars, with seatbelts, airbags and shatter-resistant glass. [...]

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    "Only facts matter, and the FBI found them here in an entirely apolitical and professional way," was the way in which FBI Director James Comey wrapped up his extraordinary statement accusing Hillary Clinton and her staff of being "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information" that potentially rose to the level of "violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information" - but didn't warrant prosecution.But in providing Ms. Clinton [...]

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    How can the United States learn, grow and heal from the recent shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; and Dallas?

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    "I don't wanna kill you! What would I do without you? No, no, no. You … you complete me!"— The Joker to Batman in the movie "The Dark Knight."They need each other, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Neither would stand much of a chance without the presence of the other on the ballot.When has a choice between presumptive nominees come down to two candidates with such high negative ratings? Clinton's unfavorable ratings, at 55.3 percent last week, would be the worst since such polling [...]

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    What's one of the biggest takeaways from the GOP Convention? Is Trump's trade stance sea change?The GOP convention delivered plenty of interesting topics. One of the most compelling is nominee Donald Trump's stand on trade, which he reaffirmed during his speech Thursday. His protectionist stance cuts against the cornerstone of conservative policy that supports free and open trade. Trump opposes trade agreements such as the North [...]

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    The Register-Mail is about to experience a seismic shift with a pair of key personnel departures.

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    What's your takeaway from the Democratic National Convention?

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    The U.S. Women's Soccer Team, winners of the World Cup in Canada only last year but coming off some shaky play that ended in a 2-2 tie in the final match of group play in the Olympics this year, enters the knockout rounds in today's midday quarterfinals match in Brasilia against Sweden.What transpires on the field today is just one element of a multi-layered dynamic. There's the matchup against a tough opponent that tied the U.S. a year ago during World Cup group play. There's the matchup [...]

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    What is the relevance of the Olympic Games? Olympics provide measure of unityJust like the first recorded Olympics in 776 BC, physical fitness and mental discipline are still on display in the ongoing Olympic Games. No longer, however, do we hold the games to honor Zeus. Honestly, I’m not sure what we honor with the modern-day Olympics, but I see two significant positives for this year’s games.For Americans it gives us [...]

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    Lost amid the past week's hoopla over serial revelations concerning Hillary Clinton's emails and her foundation and Donald Trump's immigration positionings was yet another humiliating indication of the Obama Administration's utter fecklessness in the ongoing Syrian tragedy that has claimed more than 400,000 lives, destroyed city after city, and unleashed the refugee crises upon Europe.A United Nations investigation found that Syria has continued to attack its citizens with chemical weapons, [...]

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    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn't the first athlete to make a political protest when the spotlight is on him. John Carlos and Tommie Smith famously raised a black power salute as they received their medals in the 1968 Olympics; Muhammad Ali sacrificed his heavyweight title to protest the Vietnam War. Kaepernick, who has been refusing to stand for the National Anthem before San Francisco 49ers games, hasn't suffered repercussions as serious as those who came before him, but he has been strongly [...]

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    Questioning your opponent's health is one of the oldest tricks in the political playbook. Dwight Eisenhower's heart attack was used against him in 1956. Four years later, the John F. Kennedy campaign vigorously denied charges from Lyndon Johnson's campaign that JFK had been diagnosed with Addison's disease. Rumors about John Kerry's health surfaced in 2004; rumors about John McCain's health in 2008.Often the rumors are false. President Ronald Reagan called Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis [...]

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    The Register-Mail will not endorse candidates this political season. While we believe newspaper endorsements have value to readers, especially with regard to local races, we simply don’t have the staffing to conduct the process well. Endorsements require the editorial board members to meet every candidate in a contested race. Each of those meetings requires from 30 to 45 minutes to learn more in a face-to-face format. And then we research voting records, stances on key [...]

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    It was an eventful year with a tumultuous election, deadly violence in the world and at home and loads of celebrities dying. Here in Galesburg we had plenty to report on with school district cuts, state funding concerns, lead water stories and a plan to demolish parts of the Sandburg Mall.Most viewed online storiesThe editors chose our top 10 stories for today's front page. We base that on interest, impact and importance of the story. Many times the [...]

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    Superintendent Ralph Grimm is 100 percent correct when he says District 205 cannot continue to deficit spend. The school district has depended on reserves for nine out of the past 12 years, and the reserves will run out unless the district balances its budgets soon.The district, which has roughly $10 million in reserves, expects a spending deficit of $1.2 million this year.Much financial progress was gained last year when the district reduced spending by $2.6 million, [...]

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    The Register-Mail Editorial Board is busy meeting with candidates running for election April 4.We will issue endorsements in contested races for Galesburg mayor and Ward 6 alderman, treasurer and District 205 School Board. We’ll also weigh in on the 708 mental health board tax referendum.Members of the board are Publisher David Adams, Assistant Editor Jay Redfern, Local News Editor Rob Buck and me. We meet for 30-45 minutes with each candidate and ask a series of [...]

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    The Register-Mail's Editorial Board has interviewed candidates in several races and will begin endorsing candidates Sunday.The schedule is as follows:• Sunday, Galesburg mayoral endorsement• Monday, Galesburg city treasurer endorsement• Tuesday, Galesburg 6th Ward Alderman endorsement• Wednesday, District 205 school board endorsements• Thursday, Mental Health Board referendum endorsementThe [...]

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