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Trick or treating has a deep history

By Regina Hansen The Conversation Over the past few decades, Halloween celebrations have gained in popularity, not only with children and families, but with all those fascinated with the spooky and scary. As a scholar of myth and religion…

Three things to know about the County budget

By John Guevara  Contributor Even after the County Board’s budget vote on Thursday, slashing the Sheriff’s budget by $4.3 million (or 62 percent of the projected deficit), questions linger, tempers flare, and press conferences are called.…

I was an Exxon-funded climate scientist

Exxon funded climate scientists while the bulk of its public-facing advertorials argued the science and cause of climate change was uncertain. By Katharine Hayhoe  The Conversation ExxonMobil’s deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the…

No MRO nonsense

A clause in the state’s agreement with the Rockford airport regarding funding for the MRO project makes one thing clear: no one in control actually knew what was going on when it came time to answer the question, “How are we paying for this…

Remembering Rockford’s Ruby Skye

By Bruce Hammond For The Rock River Times With the passing of Karen Howard on Monday, Aug. 7, Rockford lost a truly iconic member of the local arts community. Along with husband Bill and daughters Lani and Jennifer, Karen (aka Ruby Skye)…