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  • Love and truth

    Jesus was asked which is the greatest commandment. Jesus replied love. (Matthew 22:35-39) In our nation we don’t practice this; they have accepted the ...
    May 4, 2016 - 3:21 pm
  • The art of juggling

    Years ago, as I browsed a store loaded with novelty items of many descriptions, a book promising to teach me how to juggle caught my attention. Juggli ...
    May 4, 2016 - 3:20 pm
  • ‘Heroin Hits Home’

    “Heroin Hits Home!” A grand-slam by one of the most creative wordsmiths ever to have his name on the marquee for the Bureau County Republican — Eric E ...
    May 4, 2016 - 3:21 pm
  • Hastert got what he deserved

    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s multiple teenage victims did not deserve the sexual abuse he inflicted upon them as a Yorkville High School ...
    May 3, 2016 - 4:20 pm
  • ‘Tell them thanks ...’

    “Tell them thanks before they’re gone.” This is what I read as I looked through the Bureau County Republican the other day. As those of you who read t ...
    May 2, 2016 - 1:14 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    Well, it happened. Seemingly overnight, the leaves on many area trees appeared. I always love waiting for those tender and fragile buds to turn into l ...
    May 2, 2016 - 1:13 pm
  • Leaving well enough alone

    I’ve been watching a robin build her nest on a ledge on my front porch. As in years gone by, the nest equates to problems ... for us. It actually mean ...
    April 29, 2016 - 1:13 pm
  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    The Hampshire Colony First Congregational Church is the oldest Congregational church in Illinois, founded in 1831. The famous abolitionist Owen Lovejo ...
    April 29, 2016 - 1:13 pm
  • Lilian Steichen on Poets, Princeton and the World — 1908

    Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series on Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lilian Steichen Sandburg.
    April 27, 2016 - 1:09 pm
  • Politics are dirty?

    The people throughout the country cried out in anger; why are there so many problems in our land? While grumbling, they were quick to point their fing ...
    April 27, 2016 - 1:08 pm
  • The only way home

    The experience of writing a series on heroin was brutal. It tossed me backwards, off my feet and into the dirt. The expectations I had heading in were ...
    April 27, 2016 - 1:07 pm
  • ‘We are all in this together; we will all wait in line’

    Editor’s note: The following guest commentary exceeds the Bureau County Republican’s 500-word limit for letters to the editor, therefore, the BCR will ...
    April 25, 2016 - 1:42 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    It’s difficult to believe this is the final editor’s column I will write for April. Time keeps marching forward, and I spend much of my day/life tryin ...
    April 25, 2016 - 1:41 pm
  • ‘They just need to get out of the way’

    On Saturday, March 26, I saw an interesting show titled, “What on earth is that?” on the Science Channel. It showcased different parts of the world wi ...
    April 25, 2016 - 1:42 pm
  • Things are finally getting back to Norman ... I mean normal

    For those of you who follow this silly little newspaper column, you might recall that I recently had to bury Fireball, the old family dog. He just hap ...
    April 22, 2016 - 1:37 pm