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  • ‘Give him a chance’

    I sit here watching the news this morning and see where there are protestors out there protesting that they don’t recognize Donald Trump as our 45th p ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:23 pm
  • Making — or not making — ‘The List’

    We are not classroom educators.While we consistently find ourselves in the hallways of education, co ...
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 1:23 pm
  • The true meaning of perfection

    In order for this little saga to make any sense at all, I have to introduce you to my grandparents. I've written about them a lot, but for those who d ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 4:15 pm
  • No tax dollars paid

    To the Editor,I am one of the taxpayers that has been following the budget fight by Gov. Rauner and ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:00 am
  • It’s that time: Pitchers, catchers report

    Catchers and pitchers reported last week.Those are some of the best words I love to read or hear at ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:00 am
  • Manners always impress me

    Last week I had the pleasure of being the pronouncer at the Bureau County Spelling Bee, held Wednesday at the Bureau County Metro Center. Regardless o ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:46 pm
  • The Oscars will be awarded Sunday. What are a few of your favorite movies of all time? Why do you like them?

    My movie favorites run the spectrum from old to new, dating back to a classic Hitchcock thriller, "The 39 Steps." It's a great spy movie set in Great ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:24 pm
  • There’s no ‘butt’ in beautification

    There’s been a lot of talk about the beautification efforts of Princeton. There’s been plenty of work done; things do look nicer; and I think these ar ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:22 pm
  • Historically speaking

    Many years ago if I mentioned I was researching local black history, the invariable response was, “what history?” It has largely been an untold story. ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:20 pm
  • Wake up, taxpayer!

    The chickens have come home to roost. It was just a few years ago when I, along with others, tried to tell the Hall Board of Education and Mr. Struna ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:18 pm
  • ‘It’s a relief to see America First thinking’

    Hats off to all involved on our Bureau County Board for turning down the Providence Heights Wind Farm request to change its existing letter of credit ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 3:18 pm
  • The differences can unite us

    I was in Chicago a few weeks ago. As much as I detest the hustle and bustle of big city life, compared to my small town world, there are parts of the ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 3:33 pm
  • Obama state holiday bill is off the mark

    Pending grand bargains aside, Illinois remains in an unprecedented budget, debt and financial crisis.
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 3:15 pm
  • Frozen chickens

    As a matter of full disclosure, I must admit to you, that I am writing this column under acute and extreme duress. I’m sick. I’m sicker than sick. My ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 3:15 pm
  • We live in a dicey cyber world

    I was at a desktop computer in a public library recently when the Internet went down. The distraught looks of my fellow library patrons stimulated me ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 3:22 pm