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  • What to do about discipline at schools?

    When I went to grade school, our teachers used the name-on-the-blackboard tactic for discipline. If your name was written up on the board, it was a wa ...
    March 7, 2017 - 3:29 pm
  • ‘Do your part’

    I recently participated, along with 147 other mayors from communities throughout Illinois, in a survey conducted by the Center for Governmental Studie ...
    March 7, 2017 - 3:30 pm
  • Acts of kindness

    I want to thank the Good Samaritan who found my phone last Sunday and gave it to the police. I don’t know who you are, but God bless you and thank you ...
    March 7, 2017 - 3:31 pm
  • When the road is closed

    As most of you know, I grew up on a farm north of Princeton. We were a tightly-knit, somewhat dysfunctional bunch, who didn’t have a lot of money. As ...
    March 3, 2017 - 2:52 pm
  • Remembering Bob Michel’s Bureau County connections

    Based on news reports regarding the recent death of a longtime Peoria Republican congressman, you wouldn’t know that Robert Michel and Bureau County h ...
    March 3, 2017 - 2:39 pm
  • ‘Get on board?’

    Like Ray White (letter to the BCR 2/25/17), I consider myself a political independent. Similarly, I am also skeptical of career politicians – at least ...
    March 3, 2017 - 2:40 pm
  • This was no trivial situation

    Am I smarter than a sixth-grader? Nope. Negatory. No way. Not even close. I, along with my much sma ...
    March 7, 2017 - 10:50 am
  • Coffee anyone?

    The news is full of the latest new study on whether you and I should partake of the beverage coffee. I’ve read a good many of those reports. It could ...
    March 27, 2017 - 11:40 am
  • Fiscal follies continue as Illinois suffers

    Gov. Rauner recently released his third budget, and it’s just as phony as his previous two efforts as well as those of his Democratic predecessors Bla ...
    March 3, 2017 - 3:30 pm
  • Beautiful season begins today

    It’s difficult to believe the Lenten season begins Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tu ...
    Feb. 28, 2017 - 4:35 pm
  • Neighborhood tourism is a concept that’s growing. When out-of-town friends and relatives visit, what local attractions do you like to take them to?

    Fortunately, I don't have a lot of friends and/or family who travel from out of the area to visit. The aforementioned folks who are close to me are ba ...
    Feb. 28, 2017 - 4:03 pm
  • Questions to ponder

    Yoo-hoo. Is there anybody out there? Today we live in a world influenced by high-speed advancing technology, while at the same time in a society infat ...
    Feb. 28, 2017 - 3:58 pm
  • I'll never be a Size 2

    I saw a TV commercial the other night — I'm not sure for what brand — but they featured a young, nice-looking girl in a pair of tight blue jeans. The ...
    Feb. 28, 2017 - 1:14 pm