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  • The dreaded Christmas letter

    Dear Friends and Family,As you well know, I don’t write Christmas letters. You have never received o ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:16 pm
  • Denied!

    There seems to be somewhat of a pattern ...• A splash pad: Denied.• A vendor fair: Denied.• An ice s ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:47 pm
  • The headache

    My head hurts. It’s all because a board, completely unprovoked, smacked the top of my cranium early this morning. In all honesty, my head hit the boar ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:47 pm
  • Merry Christmas ... Happy Holidays?

    With Christmas approaching, I’m reminded of how some are offended by “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:45 pm
  • Obamacare: The first time some families got health insurance

    Several people wrote Letter to the Editors urging people to vote for pro-life candidates. Some religions urged their congregation to do the same.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:45 pm
  • Teacher shortages reflect state’s turmoil

    The teacher shortages popping up around the country, especially in poor rural as well as troubled urban districts, probably reflect the consequences o ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:44 pm
  • O Christmas tree: When do you normally put up your Christmas tree, and how soon do you take it down after the holidays?

    This is an easy question. Again this year, my Christmas tree will remain in the basement. No, I’m not a Scrooge. No, I’m not boycotting the holiday. N ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 4:55 pm
  • From the editor's desk

    If you’re reading this column, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is this weekly column doing on Page 2?” And you’re right. You are used to seei ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 4:44 pm
  • Seeing eye to eye with my son

    I had a disturbing parenting epiphany the other night. This was the sudden realization that left me reeling — my son will soon be taller than me.
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:16 am
  • The death of Fidel Castro ...

    On the afternoon that Fidel Castro’s ashes were buried in Cuba, I picked up the phone and called the Illinoisan who may have known him the best – form ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:18 am
  • Pearl Harbor’s legacy: Valor, resilience

    President-elect Donald Trump has promised to rebuild our military so it can have the resources to better defend the United States. The American Legion ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 4:22 pm
  • Thoughts for the season

    I'm not sure when the first Christmas carol hit my ears this year, but I remember sighing and thinking ... "Here we go." Those early Christmas carols ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:20 am
  • Shop, shop, shopping

    ‘Tis the season. Santa is ho, hoing, the kids are behavin’ (or at least trying), and the shopping is beginning or has been done.
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:50 pm
  • Being positive can be contagious

    The purpose of this letter is to give a huge shout out to Princeton and those who make it a great community! Thank you!
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:51 pm
  • A season of nostalgia

    I initially tried to write about the holiday season and how Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s represent the past, present and future (but not in ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 3:50 pm