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Madigan assures destruction

Wil Gradle

January 19, 2017

Filed under Opinions

A special sort of hypocrisy has taken place in Illinois in the last week. For months now, Democrats, unions and all of Madigan’s cronies have been criticizing Gov. Bruce Rauner, nearly foaming at the mouth, crying foul that he ...

There are only six continents

Joshua Defibaugh

January 19, 2017

Filed under Opinions

Since the last time I wrote an opinion for this great newspaper, a lot of political events have happened. President-elect Donald Trump held what could best be described as a cacophonous press conference where he, among other t...

Adam Feiner is finally finished

Adam Feiner

December 12, 2016

Filed under Opinions

Growing up in Freeport, Illinois, about three hours north of Macomb, I had a neighbor named Don who moved into a house behind mine in high school. Every time I’d go in my backyard, Don was out cutting grass or trimming the ...

Tomlinson ends his tenure

Jacob Tomlinson

December 12, 2016

Filed under Opinions

This is my final article for the Western Courier. I am graduating with my Master’s Degree in Political Science, and this marks the end of my time at Western Illinois University. Undeniably, my time here has been amazing, and ...

Kayla Trail bids farewell

Kayla Trail

December 12, 2016

Filed under Opinions

When I was told that I had to move to Macomb in order to get my degree, I was devastated. I grew up in Davenport, Iowa — a town that has nearly 100,000 residents, so moving to a city that holds a little over 19,000, I immedi...

Consider useful gifts

Jason Adams

December 7, 2016

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We are just weeks away from the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season. Now, some feel it has already started and count Thanksgiving, but it’s really up to your own personal beliefs. Either way, the holidays are ...

Protests have a proven record

Courtney Dalton

December 7, 2016

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With the explosion of media presence, the criticism of protesters has become much more vocalized. Many log onto Facebook and are confronted with the face of Tomi Lahren screaming about liberal protestors — or in her opinion, ...

US should provide free college

Joshua Defibaugh

December 7, 2016

Filed under Opinions, Showcase

With the holidays fast approaching, it is important to remember that in order to show how much we love the ones around us, it depends on what we buy for them, right? That is what we are told to believe in America. We are led to...

Choose kindness over capitalism

Tiffany Geer

December 7, 2016

Filed under Opinions

With the holidays fast approaching, it is important to remember that in order to show how much we love the ones around us, it depends on what we buy for them, right? That is what we are told to believe in America. We are led to...

Trump should trump Obamacare

Joe Stephens

December 5, 2016

Filed under Opinions

As the whole world knows, as of earlier this November, Donald Trump is the new president-elect of the United States. Just a brief scroll through Facebook shows that many have been questioning what this means for the future of...

A fight for $15 is frivolous

Jacob Tomlinson

December 5, 2016

Filed under Opinions

Workers across the United States are joining in on the “Fight for 15,” an effort to increase the minimum wage from its current $8.25 an hour (in Illinois) to $15 an hour. This would effectively hurt small business and low-incom...

US should embrace renewables

Joshua Defibaugh

December 5, 2016

Filed under Opinions

The push for greener, more renewable energy sources has never been stronger and has never had a stronger advocate than Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SolarCity. Musk’s advocacy now has an aura of legitimacy thanks to him...

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