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Published: Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 4:49 p.m. CDT

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On Monday, our nation celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we all know, King was a nonviolent activist in the civil rights movement protesting racial discrimination.

Equal rights for all shouldn’t be a dream anymore. We’ve come too far; we’ve learned so much; we’ve experienced a great deal. While we are closer to King’s dream, sadly there is still much inequity in our lives. Maybe some day ... maybe some day ...

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So what’s the BigDeal? This week there are two Bureau County Republican BigDeals!

• Receive $20 worth of cleaning services for only $10 at Family Pride Cleaners in Peru.

• Get $20 worth of merchandise for only $10 at Upscale Resale in Spring Valley.

To cash on these great savings, go to the BCR’s website at www.bcrnews.com.

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Congratulations are in order to Brock Hansen of Princeton who was the winner of our College Bowl Challenge. Hansen won a $50 gift certificate to the Prime Quarter for his successful picks in our college football contest.

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Ladies and gentlemen: Start your engines. If you’re enjoying the BCR’s contests, we’ve got one in the works for all you folks who love national stock car racing. Our contest — the Checkered Flag Contest — will be starting soon. Participants in our contest will be able to pick their top 10 drivers each week for a chance to win great prizes. Watch for details in the BCR.

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Thoughts for the week: I usually just give one or two thought for the day, but with this being the week we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to deliver some of his wise words. All of the quotes below are by King:

• “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

• “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

• “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

• “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

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Do you like sports? Do you consider yourself a pretty good writer? If those two statements describe you, give BCR Sports Editor Kevin Hieronymus a call at 815-875-4461, ext. 231, or email him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com. Kevin is looking for a couple of people who enjoy sports, who can work well with coaches and student athletes, and who have a flair for writing.

Being a correspondent can be fun, plus you can earn some extra cash just for attending some area sporting events and writing a story and stats. If you think you’d like to give it a try, give Kevin a call or fire off an email to him.

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The BCR is happy to working with a few new columnists. Chestnut Street Inn chef/innkeeper Monika Sudakov has signed on to write a column or two every month. I’ll be introducing other new columnists as they appear on our Perspective pages.

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I hope you enjoyed the first section of our annual Progress edition which appeared inside Saturday’s BCR. Sections 2 and 3 will appear in the next two Saturday editions. If you didn’t get a chance to look at it yet, you won’t want to miss these sections packed full of comments and stories from our area youth about progress — from yesteryear to today, good and not so good. Enjoy.

This is a good time, too, to thank all the students and teachers who participated in our project. What a fantastic job they did! Thank you for your insight, your hard work and your willingness to be a part of the BCR.

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We’re already two weeks into the new year ... Are you taking time for you and those you love? This is not a dress rehearsal, my friends. This is the real thing. Do it now! And remember ... I am so glad you are a part of your hometown newspaper. You are important to me and the BCR.

BCR Editor Terri Simon can be reached at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

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