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 By Kevin Cernak    Opinion    January 20, 2021 

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...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    January 20, 2021 

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...

 

Your Voices

Thank You The family of LaVone Gabel would like to thank each and every one of you for your kind words, cards, memorial gifts, thoughts, & prayers at her passing. There are not enough words to express the gratitude we feel for these heartfelt...

 

Preacher's Piece

It’s been a topsy turvy several weeks. This election has left many scratching their heads and some with a giant knot in their gut because it appears an injustice has occurred. Maybe so. Many of us...

 

Point To Ponder

It’s not easy for me to have a vacation. I mean, when you look at the weekly schedule needed to put the paper out, there just really isn’t any convenient “weekend” to go out for a day or two....

 
 By Jim Sacia    Opinion    December 23, 2020

One Man's Opinion

I’ve searched every available outlet. I am without success anywhere to find a sensible reason to close our restaurants and bars. They have a ridiculously low infection rate for COVID. It’s 1.4 per...

 

Preacher's Piece

“Merry Christmas!” A couple were in a busy shopping center just before Christmas. The wife suddenly noticed that her husband was missing. Since they had a lot to do, she called his phone. "Where a...

 

Point To Ponder

One of the hardest things to do – at least in my household – is keeping a secret in terms of what gift people are getting. I mean, with two teenage girls growing up, they had certain “wants...

 

The State Rep's Report

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a doozy! No one could be blamed for being tired and woozy. Just in case you’ve run out of holiday spirit and need to be reminded of what’s good that is near us,...

 

Point To Ponder

I’m not sure how old I was, but many, many years ago, I can remember sitting in our living room watching the local news on television with my parents when the weatherman announced to everyone that...

 

Preacher's Piece

Christmas is weird. What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks? Ten things Jesus never said: 1. You've gone too far to be saved. 2. I'm so...

 

Time For A Tough Call

As reported in this week's issue of Village Voices, the Stephenson County Nursing Center – Walnut Acres – has been found "deficient" by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and is not only...

 

Your Voices

Dan, When I first saw the cover of your latest VV issue, I thought, "Oh well, probably the usual trite gift guide." Was I wrong! You made it personal, interesting and funny. Well done! Thanks, Cindy Carter Freeport Editor’s Note: Thank you! It was...

 

Preacher's Piece

I used to own a 1965 International Harvester Scout. Back in the day IHC not only made tractors and farm equipment but they also made SUV’s. The Scout was one of the original SUV’s. I picked my...

 

Point To Ponder

Thanksgiving is now over, so that means that it is once again time for the Christmas Spirit to fill us with a sense of the Holidays. But exactly what is this Christmas Spirit anyway? Why is it that...

 

State Rep's Report

The holiday season reminds us of all the blessings for which we are thankful and filled with gratitude. If there is one group of people that stand tallest in deserving our gratitude in 2020, it is...

 
 By Jim Sacia    Opinion    December 2, 2020

One Man's Opinion

No, I’m not a conspiracy theorist. Quite the contrary. I love listening to all sides of a discussion. I’m writing this on the 24th of November, just 21 days after arguably the most controversial...

 

Preacher's Piece

I came across an organization this week that I had never heard of before. It’s called “The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.” Since 1947, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (heretofore referred...

 

Point To Ponder

As a kid, I thought the people that moved away for the winter were nuts … but now I’m not so sure. We all know the snow and colder temperatures are coming, and maybe it was the announcement of...

 

State Rep's Report

Voters’ rejection of the Tax Hike Amendment on November 3rd has brought into full focus the terribly unbalanced budget passed by the Democrat majority during the height of the pandemic in May of...

 

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...

 

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