From the editor’s desk

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 1:09 p.m. CDT

I had somebody ask me the other day why I’ve chosen to live in Illinois, since I continue to complain about the cold weather, mixed with the wind chill and unpredictable amounts of snow that blankets our Midwestern world. The answer is easy. I complain about it because I can.

On the flip side of the coin, you’ll also hear me complaining about the stifling summer temperatures, something called a heat index, and the lack of or the surplus of too much precipitation, coupled with those unpredictable storms that hit when you least expect it. Again my answer is easy. I complain about it because I can.

Do I love this area? Absolutely. But just because I’m fond of the place I call home, doesn’t mean you won’t hear me grumble about some of the characteristics that accompany my residency here. I’m entitled. You are too. The Midwest produces some of the most brutal weather around. It’s part of why we live here, and ironically enough, it’s part of why many don’t. It’s as simple as that!

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How did you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday? Again, I so appreciate the special program hosted by the First Christian Church and Open Prairie Church of Christ, both of Princeton. What a great way to draw attention and much deserved respect to honor the legacy of this American civil rights leader.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream — one that still serves us well. While we are much closer to realizing that dream than we were when King was among us, in my opinion, we still have a ways to go. In a way it’s unbelievable — almost sad — that we have come so far, yet we still have much to learn.

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I read with interest the story BCR Senior Staff Writer Donna Barker did on Crossroads High School in Tiskilwa. It’s really quite impressive. I’m also so very pleased the Princeton Elementary School District has worked hard to find another use for Reagan Middle School. The whole situations seems like a win/win situation for everyone. Hats off to all the parties involved!

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Did any of you see the full moon last week? It was really stunning. There’s something about a full moon — especially on a cold winter’s night — that soothes my soul, while it asks me to stare deeply into this beautiful yellow ball suspended in our sky. I could stare for hours, but I get too cold. But a full moon should be witnessed outside — one on one with the moon is what I say. Seeing it from inside the house doesn’t have the same effect.

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Thought for the day: “Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy.” Henri Frederic Amiel.

Thought for tomorrow: “The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.” Carl Sandburg.

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Just a reminder: All Letters to the Editor must be signed, include your town of residence and a telephone number. We will publish your name and your hometown. We will not publish your telephone number, but we will call you to verify you are the author of the letter.

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I heard of someone who was complaining about a few aspects of the newspaper, so I called them up. We had the best conversation, and I think we both hung up feeling better. I just wish the complaints had landed on my ears first, rather than with others who really can’t do anything about those concerns.

If you have a question, concern, complaint, please give me a call. I can’t promise I can fix your concern, but I will listen and will do my best to rectify a situation, if it’s possible. That’s only fair.

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The days are staying a bit longer. Yee-ha! Have a great week. Please try to be gentle with others, and equally important ... be gentle with yourself. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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