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The Separation

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

A May 5, 2014 Supreme Court decision approving the long-standing tradition of prayer at government meetings was a squeaker at a 5-4 verdict and will “no doubt” reinvigorate those who embrace atheism to protest the ruling.

The concept of separation of church and state has been seen by some in the religious community as an attack or a persecution of religion. Theologian Roger...
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A Look At A Few Winners ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

There were lots and of losers during the state legislative session which ended last month. But there were a few winners, so let’s take a look at them.

First up, Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner.

Never before has a political party nominated a gubernatorial candidate who’s had more impact on a legislative session than Rauner did this year. The...
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The Neanderthal Mentality

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

There are a number of factors that had contributed to the recent shooting by a 22-year old Santa Barbara, California college student that took the lives of seven people, including the shooter’s. The first is that even though officers had been alerted of a potential problem, and spoke with Elliot Rodger, his mental health problems did not send up the necessary red flags to law...
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It’s Quinn Who Has The Most Problems ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

On the bright side, I suppose you could argue that last week’s budget passed by the General Assembly will lead to the largest tax cut in Illinois history come January, when the 2011 income tax increase partially expires on schedule.

But that’s about the only bright side. And, really, pretty much nobody expects that some sort of tax hike will be avoided after the election...
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The Greatest Democracy On Earth

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

Yes, we live in a Democracy in America or a Republic as some will argue, whichever you prefer, but at the same time it is fast becoming something that our forefathers had not foreseen and it is wavering as either of the above.

Following a recent study by University Professors Martin Gilens of Princeton and Northwestern University’s Benjamin Page they applied the term...
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