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Voice of the Reader: Please help

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Voice of the Reader: Hope for SIUC

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Opinion | Voice of The Southern: SIU needs to part ways with Dunn

Randy Dunn can no longer effectively serve as president of the Southern Illinois University system. Read more

Voice of the Reader: Respect our anthem

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Opinion | Voice of The Southern: Thumbs up to Brocton Lockwood's legacy, thumbs down to water crisis

Thumbs down to the situation this past week that left many communities without water — or at least with very little water. The Rend Lake Co… Read more

Voice of the Reader: Promise kept

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SIU Women's Club celebrates 80 years of friendship, support and camaraderie

It started about 81 years ago when a few wives of Southern Illinois University faculty members got together to sew. Now, the SIU Women’s Cl… Read more

Opinion | Rich Miller: Big money backs 'Blue Wave Illinios'

For weeks now, some Democrats have been wondering if their party intends to run a “coordinated campaign,” which means the party’s candidate… Read more

Opinion | Mike Bost: Remember the real reason for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to honor the men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. It may surprise you to hear th… Read more

Commentary: Trump's auto misfire will do nothing for Detroit

The latest salvo in President Donald Trump's trade war promises to do more damage than good to an already-anxious American auto industry. Trump on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Commerce Department to probe whether auto imports threaten national security under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act – the same executive power he used to apply tariffs on steel and aluminum earlier this year. The ... Read more

Column | Gary W. Moore: Eulogy for my friend

I am sure my theology may be flawed … but I have this vision of my arrival in heaven. I’ll be walking in absolute beauty. Bright, vivid col… Read more

Commentary: Philip Roth's useful blueprint for women

Philip Roth taught me everything I know about men, or at least most of what I've needed to know. I was probably 19 when I read "Portnoy's Complaint," the novel the New Yorker called "the dirtiest book ever published" and whose countless masturbation scenes include one in which the young narrator, Alexander Portnoy, achieves sexual fulfillment with a slab of liver that his mother later serves ... Read more

Commentary: Illinois governor's wish to resurrect the death penalty deeply flawed

Gov. Bruce Rauner seems to be one of the few people in Illinois who misses the death penalty. There has been no mass outcry for its reinstatement from the law enforcement community or from the people of Illinois, who seem content to avoid the harsh injustices and added expense that capital punishment brought with it. There has never been convincing evidence that capital punishment deters ... Read more

Commentary: Legalize child migrants and build a wall

The fate of the Dreamers is an issue that has come back to life in Congress, thanks to aggressive action by a small group of House Republicans. Why now? "We're boiling over," said Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan. "It's got to get done." The 16-term Republican is right. Congress needs to resolve the status of the young migrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Momentum had ground to a ... Read more

The 2018 Carbondale Sunset Concert lineup is here


Two of the shows will be downtown this year. Read more