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    Come visit me Thursday or Friday morning. It’s been April since I held coffee hours in the community, so I’m planning one at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Hy-Vee on Henderson Street and another at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Delinos’ Italian Deli and Bakery, 319 E. Main St. I’ll stay one hour at each location.The purpose is to meet with members of the community and hear what you think about The Register-Mail. I’m glad to meet with subscribers as [...]

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    Unlike his Singapore one-on-one with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, slated for July 16 in Helsinki, doesn't suggest history in the making. Trump and Putin have already met — twice. Russian and American leaders have been meeting for decades. By contrast, no U.S. president ever had met a North Korean leader.Yet a sense of suspense hangs over the Trump-Putin summit. Or is it dread?There's always merit [...]

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    Last week journalists at The Register-Mail mourned the deaths of five people in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland. There, a man with an apparent grudge against the newspaper came into the newsroom and opened fire, according to police. Jarrod W. Ramos has been arrested for the killings. A letter from Ramos sent to the newspaper’s attorney that day said he intended to kill everyone in the newsroom.Staying true to its mission, The Capital Gazette printed its [...]

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    The Register-Mail is once again a title sponsor of the Taste of Galesburg event, which runs from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday on Simmons Street downtown. It’s one of the city’s top events each summer with food from more than 20 area restaurants, kids activities and live music.Publisher David Adams and members of the newsroom (Jay Redfern, Robyn Gautschy, Robert Connelly, Tom Loewy, myself and others) will have a booth and invite people to stop by while at the event. Looks [...]

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    Bill Higgins wrote a local letter last week that included references to former President Barack Obama’s race and religion. Specifically, Higgins wrote that Obama is “neither totally black nor African-American and he's Muslim even though he claimed to be a Christian.”Race and religion are highly charged issues. I stopped and read the section twice. Higgins seemed to be using our former president’s race (that he’s not fully African-American) and [...]

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    President Donald Trump wants you to believe that some journalists are your enemy. He draws a distinction between news media and "fake news" media, a term he uses to discredit reporting that presents him in an unfavorable light. He used variations of the term more than 400 times during his first year as president, according to CNN.On Aug. 5, the President tweeted: “The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am [...]

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    With the news that the FBI fired Peter Strzok we can begin to see big-picture truth take shape about the bureau's role in the Hillary Clinton investigation as well as the Russia investigation.It does not look good for the leadership at the FBI. 2016 did not bring out the best in them.Director James Comey was fired, as was Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and now Strzok, an FBI senior counterintelligence agent, has been terminated after being demoted earlier. He was a lead [...]

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    President Donald Trump has publicly declared trade wars "easy to win" and rebutted criticisms of his tariffs by declaring everything is "going to work out." But a preponderance of evidence shows tariffs are bad economic policy for a number of reasons — not the least of which is the cronyism they've generated.The administration's 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union were immediately met with retaliatory [...]

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    Last week, The New York Times jolted Washington's political class with an opinion article by an anonymous "senior" White House official who asserted that many of President Donald Trump's top advisers are actually working to undermine his policies, which they consider irresponsible, immature and potentially harmful to national security.The piece raised several serious questions about Trump's fitness for office, the functioning of his administration, whether loyalty to him or to the [...]

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    Proposals to forever change the face of schools in District 205 are on the table. The School Board is considering building plans that would cost from $40 million to to $56.4 million and would close up to three existing schools and perhaps build an addition on to the high school.The building changes have been a long time coming. In January 2017 the district presented a study that recommended nine options for the public and School Board to consider. The options ranged [...]

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    Welcome, fellow Americans, welcome.At Bradley University's Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria last Tuesday, 685 new American citizens from 80 countries were sworn in during a naturalization ceremony conducted by James Shadid, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in central Illinois. This was said to be the largest such ceremony ever in Peoria, and the second largest in the nation this year.The ceremony is typically held at the federal courthouse but had to be moved to a stadium [...]

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    Donald Trump is in an impossible situation in weighing what to do about credible reports that his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, had openly fantasized about removing the president from office.As reported by The New York Times, Rosenstein told FBI staffers that he had considered wearing a wire to catch the president in an impeachment trap, and speculated on rallying cabinet support for invoking the 25th Amendment, which provides the framework for unseating a president for [...]

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    With so many people and groups having contributed to the ongoing hurricane recovery, we are somewhat reluctant to single out any one. But after being more out and about last week, we were struck by the way private businesses responded to Florence.From the gas stations and grocery stores that managed (often through creative and very-limited means) to quickly reopen, to the restaurants and entertainment venues that toiled to get up and running, providing much-needed respite for storm- [...]

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    While much of the nation is focused on Nov. 6 elections, residents of the Galesburg School District have a local issue that is also deserving of immediate attention, understanding and response. The school board is tasked with deciding how best to align our school buildings for the coming decades. Current options are expected to cost up to $56 million and would likely close three schools. The window for the public to have a say in this process could close by November. The [...]

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    We don't buy into the argument that "If you don't vote, don't complain." That's not the way our system of governance works. Having voted probably does give those complaints more credibility. More important, however, is the fundamental fact that our entire system of representative democracy relies on the people — the "public" in our republic — having their voices heard through the officials they elect.Anything that impedes our elected officials from being true [...]

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    In 2005, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Kelo v. New London, diminishing Americans' property rights. The ruling said that governments can seize your home through eminent domain, even if their intention is merely to hand the land over to private developers.Conservatives saw this as one more bad ruling from a Supreme Court that issued a whole lot of them. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was a bit more sanguine, and her famous response exemplifies the [...]