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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
  • 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
  • Coloring outside the lines

    One day we got an envelope in the mail announcing an essay contest. The essay was supposed to be about an American hero. My mom told me about it, and ...
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 3:27 pm
  • 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 ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 8:12 am
  • When the cupboards are bare

    In 2016, the Bureau County Food Pantry served fewer households (118) and fewer individuals (290) than it did in 2015. The same holds true for the Hall ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 3:20 pm
  • Can the media hold politicians accountable?

    If you watched Donald Trump’s recent press conference, you may have overlooked a telling and worrisome moment. A CNN reporter tried to ask the then-pr ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 3:18 pm
  • Can we put the bounce back in our step?

    I decided to “get outta Dodge” for a couple of weeks. I have landed in Thomasville, Georgia (pop. 19,000), just north of the Florida panhandl ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 3:18 pm
  • The price of the party

    By the time you read this, President Donald J. Trump will officially be the new president of the United States of America. I’ve been contemplating how ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 8:38 am
  • Busy in Bureau County and beyond

    Did you watch the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump? I’ve asked a lot of people, and their answers are fairly even — split down the middle of ...
    Jan. 24, 2017 - 2:43 pm
  • The passion of pastimes

    I was going to start off by saying everyone has a hobby or an interest, but after consideration, I realized that may not be true. I'd like to think ev ...
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 11:37 am
  • Bureau County has three new state representatives. What advice would you give to Reps. Ryan Spain, R-73rd, Dan Swanson, R-74th, and Jerry Long, R-76th?

    Three pieces of advice: Never forget why you chose to run for office. It's a big decision for someo ...
    Jan. 24, 2017 - 2:34 pm
  • A new role for a qualified public servant

    How qualified is former state Rep. Don Moffitt, R-Gilson, to be assistant director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture?
    Jan. 24, 2017 - 2:30 pm
  • Church Women United — doing God’s work for half a century

    Presidential inaugural speeches may echo for only a short while, or they can resonate for decades.We ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 4:49 pm
  • Words to live by

    Shortly before I sat down to write this, I found out that National Thesaurus Day took place earlier this week and I missed it yet again. Ironically I ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 4:54 pm