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War on terror veterans deserve memorial

MILITARY veterans of the war on terrorism deserve a memorial. Let's hope they don't have to wait as long for it as World War II veterans did theirs. Congress needs to waive a 10-year waiting period after the conclusion of a war.

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Study finds happiness differs with spending choices

CONTRARY to generations of parental advice and the lyrics of countless songs, researchers have evidence that money can buy happiness, at least after a fashion. "Money can buy happiness if you spend it right," said a University of British Columbia psycholo

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County fairs are a proud American institution

TEMPERATURES are coming down somewhat just in time to welcome crowds at the Adams County Fair; the Marion County Fair in Palmyra, Mo.; and a few other regional fairs and festivals. Fairgoers will find the usual rides, games, food, performers, beauty pagea

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Animal relocation literally a 'lifesaving ride'

THE Quincy Humane Society is involved with a national program that relocates animals from overpopulated areas across the country to ones that offer a greater opportunity for adoption. The Humane Society is participating in the American Society for Prevent

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Students' stomachs rumble, even in summer

SUMMER vacation signals the end of classes and homework for most students, but for many of the estimated 22 million school-age children nationally who rely on free or reduced-priced meals, it also means losing their source of food and nutrition.

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Americans becoming less physically fit and life expectancies are falling

JOHNS Hopkins University researchers released a study last month that indicates today's 19-year-old is as sedentary as a 60-year-old. Inactive lifestyles, obesity and the opioid epidemic have combined to end a streak of life expectancy increases. In 2015,

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Illinois needs to reform financial reporting

ILLINOIS is swimming in debt and yet state law only requires that some agency books be reconciled once a year, based on information that's at least three months old. The Debt Transparency Act would eliminate that problem and give a clearer view of the sta

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Congress should resume its role in war decisions

FOR more than a decade, the United States Congress has ceded war-making powers to the executive branch and relinquished its responsibility to debate and declare war if and when it is necessary. The result has been a foreign policy that is increasingly dis

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Supreme Court must set limit to gerrymandering

THE Supreme Court will consider this fall whether gerrymandered election maps favoring one political party over another violate the Constitution, and the outcome could affect elections across the country.

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Tide hasn't turned in fight against opioids

TWO announcements last week from the federal government represent progress in the fight against opioids. First, the Food and Drug Administration said it will require drug manufacturers to better educate physicians about the painkillers. Then, the Justice