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Bailing the boat with a leaky bucket

BAILOUT has become the newest buzzword of the current news cycle, on newscasts and in the newspapers. Of course the word is related to the $700 Billion that is being…

Dead (insert loveable animal here) aren’t much fun

A great hedgerow, thick as a Buick and tangled as spaghetti, sketched the boundaries of the yard where I played as a child. In full bloom it was a green…

Come what may, we can still be thankful

This year has been a tough year for most of us. Some of us have murmured, grumbled, become depressed or felt anguish and fear over making ends meet. Yet if…

The mayor should have recused himself

Just six weeks after presiding over the vote to rezone the northeast corner of Spartan Drive and Main into commercial land, Mayor Lance Green was seen by anyone driving by…

Can fairness really be regulated?

How many people actually listen to talk radio these days? When I turn a radio on I look for my favorite music. Talk radio is all the rage nowadays. Therein…

Of underwear and broken down trucks

Growing up, our house sat near the end of a paved rural route six miles outside town. When the corn wasn’t too high, we could see a mile and a…

Of underwear and broken down trucks

Growing up, our house sat near the end of a paved rural route six miles outside town. When the corn wasn’t too high, we could see a mile and a…

"Take two cats and call me in the morning"

“Take two cats and call me in the morning,” said my sister. One might think that was a crazy thing to say, but it was right on the money. I’d…

Once you’re down, look up

I am in the midst of learning something major; I must be because my life seems out of kilter and my head and emotions are in constant opposition. Usually, I…

It is over and yet it has just begun

Twenty-two months ago a young African-American stood on the steps of the old Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. He announced that he was running for the office of President of…