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Editor; There have been some rumblings lately about the censure of some individuals on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, etc. These social media platforms were developed by individuals and became popular to massive thousands, so I am assuming if they desi...

 
 By Kevin Cernak    Opinion    March 10, 2021 

Preacher's Piece

Our first cell phone was a bag phone for the car. At that time our kids were little and we were taking a cross country trip and it just seemed like a good idea to have a phone in the car. I remember...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    March 10, 2021 

Point To Ponder

We’ve all had a lot of time to ourselves and our own thoughts during this pandemic. Whether it’s being alone in the bathroom doing our business, or sitting in a car for a drive when there is...

 
 By Kevin Cernak    Opinion    March 3, 2021

Preacher's Piece

People who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable. Today’s column is dedicated to the characters who stand out in my life. When I was a kid, for...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    March 3, 2021

Point To Ponder

The other night, my wife and I had some time to ourselves, and a Texas Roadhouse gift card to use, so we made our way into Rockford to enjoy a meal together. We’ve never been to the Rockford...

 

Your Voices

Dan; I read your column and couldn't read it well because I couldn't see the page for the tears welling up in my eyes......and then my friend called and asked if I had read it and we both laughed over it again. Well, later in the day I was doing my...

 

Preacher's Piece

My wife and I just got back from a little vacation. We were gone for ten days. It was during that cold snap where it was below zero everyday and it snowed a lot too. We missed it all, but when we got...

 

Point To Ponder

Show me an arrogant man, and I’ll show you a bachelor. Now, I’m not saying that cocky men can never get married. No, I am simply uttering one of the universal truths that all married men find out...

 

Your Voices

Editor; If a neighbor or the fellow on the next bar stool were to ramble on to the effect that adding carbon to our atmosphere by burning oil and coal was basically harmless, I would just sigh. I would not try to change his mind because I have no...

 

State Rep's Report

Local health departments, medical groups, news media and many constituents have contacted my office recently frustrated by deficiencies in the rollout of the Coronavirus vaccination effort in...

 

Point To Ponder

A long time ago, I can still vividly remember being awoken in the middle of the night by the scream of terror from our youngest daughter Caitlin – who I think was three at the time. You see, in her...

 
 By Jim Sacia    Opinion    February 17, 2021

One Man's Opinion

I truly want to give President Biden the benefit of the doubt. Sadly, from where I sit, watching over 40 Executive Orders, the benefit of the doubt is slipping. Among the very first he signed closed...

 

Preacher's Piece

On the Internet you can choose to be anything you want. It's strange that so many people choose to be stupid. Over the last few months, I’ve grown to love the sound of horns honking. Since we...

 

Preacher's Piece

A friend of mine bought his wife a world map and gave her a dart and said, throw this, and wherever it lands - that’s where I’m taking you when this pandemic ends. It turns out that they will be s...

 

Point To Ponder

My wife is really excited right now … I guess I better back-track a little here. You see, last Friday the Athletic Directors of the NUIC all got together to formalize schedules because High School...

 

Your Voices

Thank You Thank You Pearl City and Neighboring Communities for Supporting the Lions Project "12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS RAFFLE". The Pearl City Lions Club was able to provide Holiday hams and Food to the Pearl City Food Bank with the $1800 netted from...

 

Senate Week In Review

Newly-compiled and shocking numbers related to the state’s vaccination rollout warrant the need for a clear explanation from the Pritzker Administration. Meanwhile, Senate Republican lawmakers are...

 

Point To Ponder

Okay guys, Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if you’re lucky – you’ll got past it without too much pain. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-romance, or part of the, “He-man woman haters...

 

Preacher's Piece

People often say we need to learn from history. People also say that “history repeats itself.” As of late, there are certain forces in our culture that want to cancel our country’s history and...

 

Preacher's Piece

Sometimes it’s the little things that make you happy. It’s been a fun week. Our son’s birthday was Sunday and we had a nice Facetime chat with him that evening. We asked him what he got for his...

 

Point To Ponder

I am not a technological idiot. I mean, I now have a smart phone, I can Google things on the internet, and give me any program on a computer and I will be able to play with it until I figure out what...

 

Senate Week In Review

Illinois lawmakers are back at work in their districts after a rapid-fire lame-duck session wrapped up on Jan. 13, leaving Gov. J.B. Pritzker with a number of new bills that will soon be awaiting his...

 

State Rep's Report

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle made history as one of the first committee witnesses to testify before the General Assembly via video stream during the lame-duck session in opposition to House...

 

Preacher's Piece

Whenever someone comes to me for counsel, we meet and discuss the situation and talk about whatever their struggle is. As you know I am a firm believer in the Bible - and I follow its teachings to...

 

Point To Ponder

My wife is really getting better at hiding the food. As many of you know, several years ago my “loving” daughter snagged all but five of the peanut butter balls for herself, I was more than a litt...

 

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