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TALKING POINTS: Here are some heroes America should unite behind


Our servicemen and women are in harm’s way all around the world and that’s not going to change anytime soon.
Yes, it’s what they signed up for, but as Veterans Day approaches it’s hard to grasp that just 1 percent choose to serve.
Think about that as you pass by Washington Square and the Veterans Honor Guard vigil this weekend or when you attend Veterans Day ceremonies across Starved Rock Country in the next 10 days or so.
Only 1 percent!
The percentage was far higher than that in the generations that produced many of the veterans being honored Nov. 11. While many of our older vets were drafted, they respected and gladly fulfilled their obligation.
The need for more brave men and women will probably never end if we’re going to patrol the world. Perhaps we, as a nation, should be thinking about finding and encouraging a few more of our best and brightest to protect the land of the free.   

And the race is on
Good old politics. You just can’t beat it for good old fashioned entertainment.
Surprise! Surprise! Gov. Rauner made it official last week. He’s in.
It should be a banner campaign year for the political consulting and advertising business.
Wonder if we’ll add a couple more billionaires to the campaign before it’s all over?
Money rules the day and probably helps win elections.
Is it serving the people of Illinois with common sense governing or is it just ego run amok?
One can only hope common sense is the winner in 2018.

Hang on to your wallet. Washington has been talking taxes again. Cuts? Reform? Both?
It depends on which politician you’re listening to. Rest assured they will spout all kinds of political speech about how bad the opposition’s tax positions are.
And here in Illinois it seems there’s never an end to the political babble about how taxation is ruining the state.
Good luck in trying to make sense of it all.

Daylight Savings Time
Fall back, spring ahead. Those are the bywords of changing the clock one hour twice a year.
Daylight Savings Time ends early Sunday morning.
It’ll be a little lighter earlier in the morning, at least for a couple of weeks.
The time changing business began in wartime in the last century.
It seems some things never change.
  • JIM FRENCH, of Ottawa, is retired after 43 years in radio broadcasting, including 33 in Ottawa. You may reach Jim through The Times by emailing

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