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There are few moments that we Americans share that bind us together in a constructive way. Most of our collective moments in these days of division and incivility do the opposite.

It’s been a tough year for everyone. We have been forced to live with the unimaginable amid the COVID-19 pandemic and learned how to help one another in ways we never thought possible. As students return to classrooms across the state, we all need to do our part to ensure the stability of their mental health.

Horrific stories came out of Afghanistan in the past couple of weeks as U.S. forces worked to withdraw from a country where they had been at war for 20 years. On Aug. 23, pictures taken at the airport in Kabul showed people desperate to flee Taliban rule falling to their deaths as they clung to aircraft departing the country. The week before, hundreds of thousands were displaced as provincial capitals all over Afghanistan fell to Taliban troops.

Vermilion County's COVID-19 case count, fueled by the delta variant that's sweeping through vulnerable populations, has seen an unfortunate increase. In addition to cases being up, so are deaths and hospitalizations.

The murky waters of American politics are roiled again, with hyperpartisans warning each other to beware of the monsters that hover beneath their surface.

Terre Haute, in nearby Vigo County, Indiana, became the stage for a misuse of the federal death penalty, a punishment long reserved as a last resort in America’s justice system.

A CBS survey released last week found that more than 70% of Americans are now comfortable gathering with friends or going to a restaurant or a bar.

President Joe Biden announced this month his intention to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, which is not a moment too soon.

The massacre of eight people last week at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis has stirred debate and concern about red-flag laws and their effectiveness.

Republican lawmakers around the country are working in various ways to pass new laws to make it harder for voters to access the polls. The most concerted efforts are occurring in states such as Georgia and Arizona where former President Donald Trump lost close elections and then falsely clai…

Amid optimism that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, it would be easy to shrug off the words of Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last Thursday evening, exactly one year since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic, President Joe Biden made his first prime-time address to the nation.

Embrace hope as we mourn a half-million

As the one-year anniversary of the month during which the COVID-19 pandemic began in the U.S. nears, a milestone signifying the severity and seriousness of the public health crisis has already arrived.

In a career about-face, President Joe Biden vowed in the 2020 campaign to end the federal death penalty, as well as provide incentives for capital punishment states to abolish their death-penalty statutes.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act would move the state toward 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050, which could create jobs without spending taxpayer money and make Illinois a leader in renewable energy.

It's been quite a while since the people of Danville and Vermilion County have risen to the sight of heavy snowfall outside their windows. After a series of relatively mild winters, 2021 is reminding everyone what winter weather can look and feel like.

On Wednesday, Joe Biden took the oath of office and became the 46th president of the United States. A few minutes later, Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president, the first woman to hold that post.

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