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Illinois Editorial Roundup

Here are excerpts of editorial opinions from newspapers throughout Illinois.


July 12, 2020


Chicago Sun-Times


How Trump’s deadly reelection strategy comes back to bite every 3 to 14 days


Mark Urquiza, 65, died of COVID-19 two weeks ago, having made the mistake of listening to President Donald Trump and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.


Trump and Ducey, like a lot of Republican leaders, began urging people in early May to get back to their normal lives. They said the pandemic was subsiding and sort of a hoax anyway, and Urquiza took them at their word and started going out with friends again.


Three weeks after Ducey lifted Arizona’s stay-at-home order on May 15, Urquiza began feeling ill. On June 30, he died.


In a stunning obituary in the Arizona Republic on Wednesday, Urquiza’s daughter, Kristin, put the blame right where it belongs:


Ducey, she said, “has blood on his hands.”

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Unusual up north museum to close in August, everything to go

VOGEL CENTER, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Moses was nobody. He wasn’t famous, or popular, or talented. He had few interests or hobbies. Just a regular dude.


“He liked to ride his motorcycle,” said his sister, Karla Moses told the Detroit Free Press. “He didn’t do much else.”


Yet there’s an entire museum dedicated to ordinary Kevin Moses and his unremarkable life.


The Museum of Moses sits in very small, very quiet Vogel Center, a farming community about 20 miles southeast of Cadillac, a place so rural that cellphones don’t work here. It’s in a building next to Karla’s old-fashioned general store.


The core of the museum is her deceased brother’s collection of antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles — which was his passion in life — along with memorabilia such as his Harley wall signs, his Harley knife collection and his unopened Harley beer cans.

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