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Agitate, America!: All we ought to be

By Nancy Churchill A Progressive Visionary Every now and then, a phrase comes along that cuts through all the bitter conflict, the
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Guest Column: Reflections on the life of Tom Littrell, 1945-2014

By Mary Jo Powers, Barb Oehlke, Colleen Magee and Jane Hayes Watchdogs for Ethics in Education members You may not be aware
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Meet John Doe: We’re losing both ‘Erics’ at WREX … but why?

By Paul Gorski The local news world received a double-whammy of startling news recently. First, Eric Sorensen, chief meteorologist for WREX
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Tech-Friendly: Update your Java, time to leave Windows XP, and the Macintosh is 30 years old

By Paul Gorski All the tech news that is news. Well not really, but news worth knowing. Windows, Linux and Mac
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Meet John Doe: A ‘Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy’ check-in — part 2

By Paul Gorski I began a discussion regarding our region’s economic development efforts in “A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy check-in”
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Guest Column: Two-way traffic essential to bringing hotel to downtown Rockford

Editor’s note: The following was submitted by leaders of Friends of Ziock, a group dedicated to the preservation and revitalization
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Tech-Friendly: Protect yourself against credit and debit card fraud

By Paul Gorski In the past few months, millions of Target and Neiman-Marcus credit card holders had their credit card accounts
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Agitate, America!: In the midst of the war on the War on Poverty

By Nancy Churchill A Progressive Visionary I happen to think a “war” to end poverty is the only kind of war worth
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Guest Column: The enemy of democracy is excess wealth

By Jim Spelman Whatever happened to “A government of the people, for the people, by the people”? It is fading into
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Guest Column: Observations on the State of Illinois

By E.J. Pagel There’s a new deal to tackle the Illinois pension problem, but it’s a secret. However, one state senator
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Guest Column: Setting the record straight on voter registration

By David Soll I am a voter registrar here in Winnebago County, and it worries me that many people are being
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Meet John Doe: Vote for the candidate who will raise your taxes!

By Paul Gorski “I’m going to vote for the candidate who will raise my taxes!” Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Most people
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Tech-Friendly: Facebook privacy and security, part two

By Paul Gorski I recently reported that Facebook is being sued for allegedly selling information from private conversations to third
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Meet John Doe: Transform Rockford meeting was ‘creepy.’ Or was it?

By Paul Gorski The Dec. 14, 2013, Transform Rockford meeting was downright creepy, or so I thought until recently. No offense
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The Inner Geek: Rewriting civilization from a hill in Turkey

By Thom Kuss Creative Director A bit more than 10 years ago, Klaus Schmidt, a German archaeologist, made what could be the
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Guest Column: A loss of faith in the IEA and REA

Editor’s note: The first communication that follows was an e-mail sent Dec. 18, 2013, by the Illinois Education Association (IEA).
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Tech-Friendly: Rockford mobile apps: your favorite mobile app contest

By Paul Gorski I was doing some research on mobile apps for smartphones and tablets and decided to look for
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Editorial: ‘Come and knock on our door’: Time for Good Ol’ Boys Club to wake up — part 5 of 5

‘A Criminal’s Paradise: A County Without Consequences’ — part five of five Editor’s note: The following is the fifth in
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Agitate, America!: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Editor’s note: Nancy Churchill’s column this week is a letter she sent to U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. By Nancy Churchill A
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Guest Column: Communities need to be more accepting of transgendered

By Zane Marshall The rights of transgendered individuals is an increasingly visible issue within our culture, and support for the Tran-Rights
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Guest Column: Cleaning up our image essential to transforming Rockford

By Allen Penticoff Thanks to editor and publisher of The Rock River Times, Frank Schier, for once again pointing out what
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Tech-Friendly: Facebook being sued for selling private information to third parties

By Paul Gorski The social media service Facebook is being sued for allegedly selling information from private conversations to third
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Meet John Doe: ‘Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy’ check-in

By Paul Gorski Leaders from the local Rockford metropolitan area, including Boone and Winnebago counties, established a “Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy”
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Editorial: Rockford: From ‘Screw Capital’ to drug capital — part 4 of 5

‘A Criminal’s Paradise: A County Without Consequences’ — part four of five Editor’s note: The following is the fourth in a
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Meet John Doe: NeighborWorks offers community-building resources

By Paul Gorski The primary purpose of this column is to offer inspiration, suggestions and resources for community building. For the
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Guest Column: A four-year college education is not for everyone

By Michael Sears People in Rockford and across our great nation want to get back to work. Sounds simple enough, but
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Guest Column: Donations to Comprehensive Community Solutions make a difference

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Editor and Publisher Frank Schier. Message from the Executive Director As we come to
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Tech-Friendly: AAA: ‘Hands-free’ cell phone use doesn’t mean risk-free

By Paul Gorski Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, it will be illegal to use a hand-held cell phone (except for emergencies)
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Editorial: Deer Super Santa

By Frank Schier Editor & Publisher What I’d like for Christmas would take a Super Santa to deliver, so I won’t bother
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Editorial: Teens involved in serious crimes — part 3 of 5

‘A Criminal’s Paradise: A County Without Consequences’ — part three of five Editor’s note: The following is the third in
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Guest Column: ‘The 12 Days of Shame’ in Rockford Public Schools

By Jane Hayes On the first day of Christmas, the principal gave to me A pink slip for all the world to
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Agitate, America!: Christian values

By Nancy Churchill A Progressive Visionary I received an e-mail from state Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Galena, after chiding him in my last
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Guest Column: Businesses need to protect themselves from payments-related fraud

By Robin D. Arco Vice President, Treasury Management, Riverside Community Bank Payments-related fraud is more common than you may think. In 2012,
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Meet John Doe: Find a candidate or worthy cause and volunteer this new year

By Paul Gorski Some people want to improve the community by making contributions to worthy causes; or by creating fuzzy, touchy-feeling
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Tech-Friendly: Recycle old televisions, electronics after opening the new ones this Christmas

By Paul Gorski I’m recycling recent articles about electronics recycling this Christmas Day. Enjoy that new smartphone or flat-screen television,
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Meet John Doe: Free speech rights in Winnebago County restricted after long battle

By Paul Gorski Rockford resident Michael Castronovo claimed he was denied his free speech rights in 2009 when he was denied
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Guest Column: Blight can be beautiful — part one

By Kerry Knodle The debate that has recently unfolded at Rockford City Hall regarding our community’s need to demolish blighted properties
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Guest Column: Support Rockford Park District Foundation

By Suzanne Berger and Lisa Alexander We ask for your support of the Rockford Park District and its mission of Helping
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Tech-Friendly: Microsoft to offer free versions of Windows Phone and Windows RT?

By Paul Gorski Yes, that headline is a question: Is Microsoft preparing to offer free versions of Window Phone and
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Agitate, America!: Pensions at risk

By Nancy Churchill A Progressive Visionary In the Nov. 15 issue of The Progressive Populist, David Sirota lays out what he calls
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Guest Column: Thank you, Nelson Mandela. Thank you, South Africa.

By Eric Howanietz Ten years ago, I met two people. One was a pale-faced woman with long red hair and ginger
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Guest Column: Fracking in Illinois under proposed rules is unacceptable

By Douglas Campbell The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is taking public comment on the proposed rules for fracking in
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Meet John Doe: Get ready for the 2014 elections and register to vote

By Paul Gorski Many key 2014 election filing periods have just passed, which means the candidates have placed their names on
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Tech-Friendly: Parents: Hold off on PS4, XBox One or Wii U unless you know what the kids want

By Paul Gorski I used to be a video gamer years ago, grew weary of it and never looked back.
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Meet John Doe: Strategic planning and comments on Transform Rockford editorial

By Paul Gorski This article is partly a response to Frank Schier’s “Editorial: Rockford Transformers and thankfulness” from the Nov. 27-Dec.3,
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Guest Column: Keep Joey Didier’s killer, Robert Lower, in prison

By Tim Hughes The 1975 murder of 15-year-old Joey Didier as he delivered his morning paper route shook the Rockford community
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Guest Column: Christmas for Vets seeks donations

By Pastor Bob Theroux Chaplain, Rockford Vietnow Christmas for Vets is an outreach of Rockford Charter Chapter Vietnow. We began Christmas for
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Tech-Friendly: Zoho Docs is a great alternative to Google Apps for Business

By Paul Gorski Zoho Docs (http://www.zoho.com/docs/) is a great alternative to, or replacement for, Google Apps for Business. If you’re
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Guest Column: I walked a mile in her moccasins

By Sterling E. Blackmon, Ph.D. There is an old Native American proverb, “Never criticize a man until you walk a mile
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Editorial: Rockford Transformers and thankfulness

By Frank Schier Editor & Publisher To the new group, Transform Rockford, I’m going to repeat myself, tourism, tourism, tourism, waterfront, waterfront,
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