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Preacher's Piece

On March 10, 2015, a group of Belgian tourists were sent on a detour of close to 800 miles after a GPS navigation error by their bus driver. They were meant to arrive at the French alpine resort of...

 

Your Voices

My Response to Mr. Sacia, I feel, Mr. Sacia, that you are a learned man with high expectations of yourself and others. Because of that you represented this area with a term in Illinois House of Representatives from January, 2003, - October, 2013....

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    September 16, 2020 

Point To Ponder

It’s my anniversary next month, and when it came up in conversation last week it made me think about where I am today with my wife and family. But unlike most people who think back on the years...

 

Preacher's Piece

Somebody told me this week: “I’m so ready to get this year over with.” I came into this year with the highest expectations. I just thought God was going to do a great and mighty work among us. T...

 

Point To Ponder

OK, I'm at a loss and need your advice – believe it or not, this is serious. In the past, we've asked you – the reader – about whether or not to keep the Court Report, and we got an...

 

Your Voices

Dear Dan, First, I want to tell you how much we enjoy and appreciate your newspaper, Village Voices. We get news and other things that we don’t get anywhere else. I especially enjoyed your “Points to Ponder” in the August 19-25 issue. It did...

 
 By Jim Sacia    Opinion    September 2, 2020

One Man's Opinion

I received a letter from a very nice lady scolding me for my continued support of President Trump. Her letter to me merits an article, as I’m sure others have similar views which is shocking and...

 

Preacher's Piece

With all the unrest and division and disruption and hate around us, life can be somewhat unsettling. When the rioters began rioting and looting in Minneapolis and in Portland and Seattle, it was...

 

Point To Ponder

Patience is being tested in my house these days … all because of a new canine addition that is loving and eager to please, but was never house broken and has yet to see that lesson sink in. As many...

 

The State Rep's Report

This past week, I enjoyed hosting my third TeleTownHall Meeting since the COVID pandemic set into Illinois this Spring. Many of you may have received a call from my office asking you to hold on the...

 

We're All In This Together

As I drove down Empire Street in Freeport the other evening with my windows down it was refreshing to hear the cheer of the players and the ding of the bat in Read Park. It brought back memories of...

 

Preacher's Piece

I just saw a burglar kicking his own door in. I asked, “What are you doing?” He said, “Working from home.” This COVID-19 thing just keeps dragging on and I think most of us are pretty sick of...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    August 26, 2020

Point To Ponder

"Strike Two." "C'mon Dan. Swing the bat." I knew I was supposed to, but it seemed that every time I did, the bat never seemed to go where I wanted it to, so it just seemed like better odds to me if I...

 

Preacher's Piece

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the last few months or been in a coma, or in military Boot Camp, you’ve probably heard the phrase “cancel culture” more than once. What exactly does...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    August 19, 2020

Point To Ponder

“The head-linesman handed a pop to each player for their excellent display of sportsmanship during the game.” Now, read that last sentence again, and tell me where it is offensive. Do you see it?...

 

State Rep's Report

It seems the “thought police” are at it again, this time attacking the “power of positive thinking”. No doubt, it is exceptionally easy to get stuck in the mire of negativity that is part and...

 

Your Voices

Dear Dan, I am loving your articles on the different school choices people have, but you should also cover the third one quite a few people are choosing- Home Schooling, with an online plan. I know of several families that are choosing this as the...

 

Your Voices

Dan We really enjoy the paper. So much more local information than what is found in other papers that shall remain unnamed. Keep up the good work. Alan & Dolores Downs Freeport Dan, Great paper, enjoy all the local coverage. Sure beats the Journal...

 
 By Kevin Cernak    Opinion    August 5, 2020

Preacher's Piece

We’ve been doing a study on Sunday mornings about how to overcome evil with good. “When the days get darker,” God says, “here is what you must do: Overcome evil with good!” How do we overcom...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    August 5, 2020

Point To Ponder

There is a new member of the Stevens household. After losing our dog “Buddy” near Thanksgiving, it took a while for my wife and I to finally decide it was time to get another dog … but we did....

 

State Rep's Report

Northern District US Attorney, John Lausch, recently announced a US District Court filing which disclosed a deferred prosecution agreement for corporate bribery involving a “high-level official...

 
 By Kevin Cernak    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Preachers Piece

Windshields and Bugs - This time of year it’s practically impossible to keep your windshield clean of splattered up dead bugs. The gas station squeegee is just not enough to keep up. So I came up...

 
 By Jim Nowlan    Opinion    July 29, 2020

This Is Mike Madigan's Last Hurrah

As one who scribbles largely about things Illinois, I feel almost obligated to observe on the bombshell (certainly for the small fraternity that follows Illinois politics) news that utility ComEd has...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Point To Ponder

While the pandemic has canceled events, torpedoed our economy, and is causing some severe depression as separation anxiety has become a very real medical issue – especially among the elderly ...

 

Chesney Calls On Madigan To Resign

State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) called on Speaker Michael Madigan to “resign from the General Assembly or be removed.” In the wake of ongoing federal investigations surrounding...

 

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