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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.