The Southern - Opinion

Voice of the Reader: War on drugs vs. harm reduction

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Voice of the Reader: Thank you

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Opinion | Voice of The Southern: Illinois Secure Choice is a rare win-win for state

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs scores points for his self-deprecating humor. Read more

Opinion | Voice of The Southern: Thumbs up to Thanet Natisri, thumbs down to escapees

Thumbs up to Marion resident Thanet Natisri for his role in rescuing 12 youngsters and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand. … Read more

Voice of the Reader: SIU has an emergency

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Voice of the Reader: We deserve more from Dunn

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Commentary: Race and gender principles divide those in artistic world

Took my nose out of the political news to find an interesting clash of principles dividing the theater and music worlds. To wit: What is more important, the issue of artistic freedom or sociopolitical fairness? Does one override the other, or is it situational? In one of two current cases, the actor Scarlett Johansson decided, under heavy pressure, not to play the role of a transgender man in ... Read more

Commentary: Unsung hero: A pioneer in transgender health care

For a brief time last week, a controversy arose over actor Scarlett Johansson's decision to play the role of transsexual Dante "Tex" Gill in the upcoming movie project "Rub and Tug." Johansson has decided to "withdraw her participation in the project" as a response to social media criticism. Even as the media focused on this contretemps, a legendary American plastic surgeon, pioneer and unsung ... Read more

Commentary: Kylie Jenner didn't build that

When Forbes put Kylie Jenner on the cover of its latest issue and declared her one of the "60 richest self-made women," the magazine seemed to think it was telling a simple, inspiring tale: About how the youngest child of America's reality TV royal family, the Kardashians, became an almost-billionaire cosmetics mogul before the age of 21. But the meaning of the story was in the politics of the ... Read more

Commentary: Perhaps Trump should read 'The Art of the Deal'

Donald Trump voters thought they were electing a tough negotiator who would stand up for U.S. interests against our adversaries, but after the president's historically weak performance during his joint news conference Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, that myth can safely be laid to rest. I don't know if House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader ... Read more

Commentary: Is Trump a traitor? Who's asking?

President Donald Trump's submissive behavior toward Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference this week, and his persistent refusal to accept his own government's conclusions about Russian meddling in U.S. elections, has pushed to the forefront a question that had been consigned to the fringes: Has the president committed treason? Several Bloomberg Opinion columnists convened ... Read more

Commentary: Will the California grizzly make a comeback?

Even though the grizzly bear has been extinct in California for nearly a century, I'm seeing them more and more around the state. Hipster teens and adults wear T-shirts or hats bedecked with our state animal in various poses. Liberal and conservative activists use them in memes and campaign posters. Chrysler launched a television commercial campaign for its Pacifica minivan hybrid last fall ... Read more

Opinion | Fred H. Dippel: Who pays for gun safety in our schools?

Responsibility is an important — and much used — word in the NRA organization. It is the word leadership has taught the rank-and-file member… Read more

Opinion | Leonard Pitts: Spare me your shock at Trump's sellout to Putin

"Lawmakers in both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked ..." Read more

The Poshard Foundation sponsors training in effects of adverse childhood experiences


CARTERVILLE — More than 130 professionals who work with children attended training in the physical … Read more