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Former House Speaker "Tip" O'Neal said "all politics is local."  Old "Tip" had it  right. It all starts at our local precincts and we should take our right to vote seriously.  First, be sure … more
An alarming number of Illinois State Police officers have been struck by motorists this year.  Three have died.  Knowing these crashes were preventable makes the statistics even more … more
Our Illinois politicians love new programs, but cannot even pay for the old ones. "We need more taxes!" they say.  I never hear them say, "We must also have a 5 percent cut across the board … more
I don't know if it is an old adage or just something I've said myself many times over the years, but there's something to be said for being comfortable. Ask ten people their definition of "being … more
You are invited to join a conversation on the development and opportunities of our changing energy economy.   BlueGreen Alliance, Prairie Rivers Network, and Grow Gillespie Initiative are … more
eneral assembly to immediately legalize internet and sports gambling.  The last time legislators moved quickly to pass a massive expansion of gambling,  the state began borrowing … more
An early cold snap and a heavy snow make for a difficult November in 1951. Grandma and Grandpa have to make an emergency call for Ed Holcomb to deliver a supply of coal for the heating stove, and … more
Even though I have been retired from Litchfield Unit #12 as assistant superintendent for a while, I still have a strong interest in the well-being and quality of the Litchfield district. There is … more
Thank you for publishing an article in your paper on March 7 by Grant Morgan about how our state is failing to provide funding or staff to help prevent suicides in Illinois.   I am grateful … more
We once again see the duplicity of the Democrat Party.   Senator Durbin announced in the paper that he was coming to Hillsboro to meet with his constituents. This was announced both in a news … more
It's been almost a year of writing about people from throughout our community who inspire me. And it's been one of my favorite column themes, as I've written about people who carry a positive outlook … more
Freida Marie Crump, age 69, died Sunday, Nov. 18, after a prolonged battle with crankiness. She is survived by her intolerable husband, Herb Crump, who said at her passing "Well, who the heck is … more
Last week, the Montgomery County School Study Commission presented a vision for the county, which includes a consolidated school district, between Hillsboro, Litchfield and possibly the Panhandle … more
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, maybe even more than usual. I have one of those unfortunate minds that rarely stops, which contributes to sometimes fascinating, often irrational and … more
The amount of knowledge one needs to avoid legal entanglements in  our culture is more mind-boggling than I suspected in the first seventy years of my life, and it's not because my mind is … more
I am writing to ask Montgomery County voters to support qualifications in the upcoming November election. I am writing in support of Jay Martin for Montgomery County Treasurer, the candidate who … more
I am writing this letter in support of Undersheriff Rick Robbins. Rick served in the Gulf War with the Marine Corps, and he is still actively involved with many veterans' organizations.  Rick … more
We love it when a town comes together!   And that's exactly what took place in Hillsboro on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 as we celebrated a Storybook Christmas.  Parades, lighting of the town Christmas … more
I am writing this letter to publicly announce that I am proudly supporting Mark Brazel for sheriff. During my tenure as Montgomery County Coroner, I have experienced first-hand how Mark goes above … more
If I were a runner, I'd sense I am in the home stretch. At 75, I don't know how much longer I'll be striding down life's track, but I am self-aware enough to know I've run farther than the distance I … more
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