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Opinion

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Putting it quickly into perspective

    I really didn't want to write a column this week. While this Saturday column is probably my favorite thing to do here at the newspaper, I just wasn't ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 9:14 am
  • A come-from-behind victory Wow!

    Wow! Talk about a come-from-behind win! If you watched the Super Bowl, you know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you?
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 3:24 pm
  • “Shop Princeton First” is a slogan that has renewed emphasis with the Main Street Revitalization project. What are your favorite ways to shop Princeton first?

    "Shopping Princeton First" comes easy for me. It's what I've always done. Of course living in Sheffield, I also shop there too, especially at Winger's ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 1:51 pm
  • Teaching that ‘old dog’ new tricks

    Television shows, at least during the daytime, try to help me learn how to do things. You know what I mean — how to organize my closet, how to keep th ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 1:48 pm
  • Keep pursuing local historic preservation and its benefits

    President Ronald Reagan was fond of saying, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to hel ...
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 2:49 pm
  • Wally Gator

    My birthday is coming up, and I have once again been asked to join an exclusive club. This group evidently has special perks and advantages to members ...
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 2:49 pm
  • I'll take every one I can get

    I had a birthday a couple of weeks ago. Like always, I prefer to spend my birthday with little fanfare, as little chaos as possible, and in a quiet ma ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 1:46 pm
  • The World Series champion Chicago Cubs visited the White House recently. Have you ever visited the White House? If so, what are your recollections? If not, would you like to visit it someday?

    I have no desire to go inside the White House. I'm not sure why. It's just never been one of the places on my bucket list, and I don't think it will e ...
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 3:31 pm