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  • 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
  • Looking for those common threads

    How was your Valentine’s Day? I hope you made time for those you love, and I hope those three little words — “I love you” — came easily for you. I app ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 3:33 pm
  • Headlines from the past

    Our recent presidential election has had, and continues to have, many controversies, protests, accusations and etc. As we look at our past, the presid ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 3:07 pm
  • Let’s try to keep Bureau County’s representation on IVCC Board

    We join Illinois Valley Community College President Jerry Corcoran in praising Laurie Bonucci of Princeton for her nearly four years’ service on the I ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 3:07 pm
  • It’s that time: Pitchers, catchers report

    Catchers and pitchers report this week.Those are some of the best words I love to read or hear at th ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 3:07 pm
  • With Presidents Day observed this month, who is your favorite president? Why?

    While I greatly admire many presidents from U.S. history, including Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama, my favorite is a bit unexpected, considering I u ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 3:10 pm
  • Valentine’s Day: The eyes have it

    Every year I want to write that perfect column about love. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner (Tuesday, Feb. 14), I always feel the need to w ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 3:18 pm
  • Paying tribute to Bill Rosenow

    A member of the Bureau County Republican’s staff once found Bill Rosenow on the old school grounds in Sheffield, long after the children who attended ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 3:08 pm
  • Why a fair balanced budget takes political courage

    Illinoisans are fleeing the state in record numbers. Homeowners pay the highest property taxes in the nation. And high-need residents are suffering un ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 3:02 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. 13, 2017 - 10:44 am
  • Keep your eye on the ball

    It's the time of the year I look forward to, but when it's over, I breathe a big sigh of relief and am glad that my life can go back to normal for a w ...
    Feb. 13, 2017 - 10:44 am
  • Counting down to the Oscars

    Last week the 2017 Oscar nominations were finally released, and I’m now secretly counting the weeks until we get to tune into the big night in Hollywo ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 9:12 am