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 By Nicole Haas    Opinion    November 25, 2020 

The Time To Shop Local Is Now

Maybe it is the early cold snap in October, daylight savings time, the exhaustion from current events, or weariness of COVID-19, but we could all use some holiday cheer to get us in the mood for bette...

 

Your Voices

Dan, I just wanted to say "thank you" for your recent article "At Least It's Over......Sort Of". What you had to say was right on point and very well written. I think this country would be far better off if we got rid of the career politicians and...

 

Preacher's Piece

Life on earth is very short. The Bible says: “With the Lord a thousand years are like a day,” (2 Peter 3:8). In other words, as God sees life on this earth: ● Abraham was born on Wednesday. ...

 

Point To Ponder

I apologize right now for going into teacher mode this week, but … well … I think you’ll understand why if you bear with me. Back in my teaching days, I would include a famous poem by John...

 

Preacher's Piece

You know, being a kid was great. Being a grown up is hard work. As a kid we played some and we worked a lot. Being a farm kid meant we worked hard and we did everything the old fashioned way. I...

 

Point To Ponder

I have a new business partner. No, I didn’t fire Terry, although there are times, he tries my patience … but I’m sure I drive him nuts too, so that works. What happened is that – as I may...

 

State Rep's Report

While Election results from Tuesday’s General Election will not be certified for several weeks, it certainly appears that voters have summarily rejected an effort backed by Governor JB Pritzker and...

 

Your Voices

Editor; It has been a YEAR since a juvenile DESTROYED both public restrooms at the Stockton Park house during a home football game. He tore the soap and towel dispensers and sinks off the walls as well as ruining the toilets in both restrooms. He...

 

Preacher's Piece

I’m not sure where, on the calendar of life, middle age begins and ends, but my kind and loving brother said to me a couple months ago: “You walk like an old man.” Did you know there’s a word...

 

Point To Ponder

Everyone has their own personal quirk which sets them off into irrational anger. Some refer to it as a "pet peeve," but I simply have come to call it - the breaking point. Now, granted, I try to...

 

State Rep's Report

The way the citizens of Illinois have been inundated these days with paid advertising, you would almost be led to believe that Illinois Democrats have not had unfettered power over our State...

 

Preacher's Piece

Don't be upset that rose bushes have thorns; rejoice that thorn bushes have roses. As we approach the election on November 3, I’ve been emphasizing intercessory prayer. I don't know why prayer...

 

Point To Ponder

I’ve got a question – if you have ever seen the movie, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” what is your favorite scene from that movie? There’s a reason why I ask, but I’ll get back to it...

 

Your Voices

Editor; The week of October 12-16, 2020 is recognized as IAHCE Week. The Illinois Association for Home and Community Education (IAHCE) was organized as the Illinois Home Bureau Federation in 1924. In 1962, it became the Illinois Homemakers Extension...

 

Preacher's Piece

A few weeks ago I mentioned The Black Robed Regiment in this column. That initiated a bit of a response from some readers. One person wrote to me and said he had never before seen The Black Robed...

 

Point To Ponder

Ever been accused of eating something … a little weird? Now, in my house, my wife has started to tease me every time we go out to eat over how simple I am to cook for. “Just get him something...

 

Your Voices

Dan, We just saw the photo in this week’s paper of Emilee. We wanted to thank you for publishing the blurb. Deb Hamilton told me she had told you about Emilee’s Monsoon story. Emilee actually knew nothing of the “Monsoon”. We planned the...

 

Preacher's Piece

Life is hard. It always has been and it always will be. We are under attack from all angles it seems. From politics to culture to family to our own personal religious beliefs - we’re all under...

 

Point To Ponder

Getting an idea is one thing, but when you work out a theory with someone else, and it all makes sense … you are onto something. I need to set the stage first. A friend and I accompanied our...

 

State Rep's Report

We are now well into Governor Pritzker’s latest shutdown of the Northwest Illinois economy, purportedly because of “science and data”, regardless of whether that science and data contradicts...

 

Preacher's Piece

When I was a kid my brothers and I and our cousins would go camping down by our creek. There were usually about 6 of us who set up our little pup tents. We’d sit around a warm fire and talk deep...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    October 7, 2020

Point To Ponder

Please excuse my tone of voice, but the latest move by the State of Illinois to shut down all indoor dining in our region has me more than a little angry. OK, I get it, the Cornovirus is a serious...

 

The Fair Tax Debate

A friend had the proposal below sent to them, and asked for a reply because they were confused regarding the Fair Tax Amendment that is on the ballot. So ... we felt the debate was worthy of being in...

 

Preacher's Piece

Love is probably one of the most misused words in the English vocabulary. It can have many different meanings. Someone will say: “I love your sweater.” Or, “I love pizza.” Or, “I love to...

 

Point To Ponder

It’s True, I confess, I am a Sneaky Pete. Now, I realize that most – if not all of you – have no idea what it is I’m talking about, so let me explain. You see, while growing up in Northwest In...

 

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