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Winkeler: Who is Mike Schildt?

Every St. Louis Cardinals fan has heard of Red Schoendienst, Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ted Simmons, Jack Clark, Albert Pujols and… Read more

Voice of the Reader: Bad year

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Voice of The Southern: There are better ways to get voters out to polls

The spate of counties suddenly passing “gun sanctuary” ordinances immediately aroused suspicions. Read more

Voice of the Reader: Bad statement

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Voice of the Reader: Amused

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Voice of the Reader: Where to begin?

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Commentary: Don't split up California — make it even bigger

Billionaire techbro Tim Draper announced recently he would no longer try to split California into three states. Phew: It was the most ridiculous quest to tinker with the state since the Legislature voted in 1978 to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to solve that decade's epic drought. Three Californias had it all wrong. Our state is stronger united, weaker divided. Our size and diversity across ... Read more

Commentary: Keep oil in the ground? It won't pencil out

California has made significant strides against climate change except when it comes to transportation. Since 2012, per capita greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks and airplanes have been rising by about 1.5 percent a year. One policy response got a boost earlier this year from a report by the Stockholm Environment Institute: Curtail California oil production by banning new drilling or by ... Read more

Commentary: This is why all Americans should support President Trump on immigration

Donald Trump was serious when he campaigned on stricter enforcement of immigration laws. With "zero-tolerance" for illegal border crossers, a travel moratorium from certain countries and stricter limits on the number of legal immigrants, the president has kept his promise (short of building the wall) to reduce the number of newcomers to the United States. Even people who disagree with Trump's ... Read more

Commentary: A new welfare trap for immigrants

The Trump administration will soon place new limits on legal immigration with a regulatory change that will penalize newcomers just because they could use public benefits in the U.S. The point, according to a spokesman for the president, is "to ensure that the government takes the responsibility of being good stewards of taxpayer funds." In the long run, however, the proposed rule will amount ... Read more

Commentary: Why Trump's politics will outlast him

Democrats, according to a recent Gallup poll, have a more favorable opinion of socialism than of capitalism. I don't take this to be an endorsement of actual socialism as we might have understood the term four decades ago, however; I see it as the expression of a desire to move much further to the left, and if necessary to think outside the usual boxes. Look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the ... Read more

Commentary: Why Kavanaugh should be 'borked'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently accused Democrats of trying to "bork" Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Let's hope that happens. Robert Bork, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court in 1987, came under intense scrutiny for his "originalist" views, which essentially deny that the Constitution is a living document that must evolve to address ... Read more

Commentary: California can save net neutrality

Political divisions may be fierce, but there is at least one issue that most Americans agree on: net neutrality. That's the simple idea that internet service providers should not control or influence what we do online. Net neutrality rules ensure an equal playing field on the web for everyone, from the start-up to the tech giant. According to a 2017 poll conducted by the University of ... Read more

Commentary: Journalist cameos should end

"Mission: Impossible - Fallout" has been attracting a lot of moviegoers with some clever sequences, including one just before the opening credits. The real Wolf Blitzer plays a fake Wolf Blitzer. Fans of the franchise know that the Impossible Missions Force - or IMF - is adept at creating masks. In this bit, the team tricks an evil nuclear scientist into coughing up information by appearing to ... Read more

Doing more with less is no longer an option — SIUC gives testimony to Higher Learning Commission

ISAAC SMITH The Southern

CARBONDALE — We can’t do any more with any less: this was the takeaway from Monday’s Higher Educati… Read more