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One of the good things about mid-summer is that my wife, Carolyn, and I usually attend the annual meeting of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE).

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Last month, Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) was interviewed by Chicago Public Radio about his new role as interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

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For over 60 years the people of the world have worried about the possibility of a nuclear war.

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It is true that sometimes you don’t know much about people until they die.  Then, in their obituary, you learn they had many interesting adventures.

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Back in the old, old days, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley would pack passenger trains full of loyalists and send them all to the Illinois State Fair’s Democrat Day rally, where they were treated to rousing speeches by party leaders and candidates.  Gov. Rod Blagojevich kept that tradition al…

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A 38-year old male walks into a newsroom and murders five newspaper employees and injures many more ranging from veteran editors to new summer interns at one of the oldest newspapers in this country. Reporters in the building hide under their desks from the gunfire and tweet for help all whi…

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My name is Holly Windhorst, and I am the volunteer executive director for the Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition (MCDAC).  MCDAC is a group of volunteers from all sectors of the community — law enforcement, substance abuse treatment, education, civic, business, health, youth, government,…

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When I first hired at the Metropolis Planet, I really didn’t know how long I’d work here.  I never thought I would make it, but here I am, hitting the milestone of the big 2-0.

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At the end of last week’s column, my wife, Carolyn, and I were in Paris, France and had completed a tour of the city’s famous sites.  The tour group was headed for the airport to fly back to the United States. But, Carolyn and I had different plans.  We were hoping to take a train to Cologne…

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A car is just a car, or is it?  Maybe not if the vehicle is owned and driven by three generations of a family. Back in 1980 this Massac Memo told the story of one such special automobile.  Now all that remains is a hubcap, and many years of memories.

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No one can deny that newspapers have drastically changed in the past several years, especially after the great recession in 2008. About the same time the social media market exploded, and newspapers found themselves trying to figure out how to incorporate this new digital world into our prod…

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Dear readers, in today’s edition of the Metropolis Planet you will find the candidate questionnaire section filled with questions and answers from local and state candidates seeking public office for this spring’s primary election. Election Day is Tuesday, March 20. These questions include t…

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In 2017 there was a problem with the Joppa-Maple Grove School district tax rate that taxpayers discovered.  The county had failed to apply Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) — which limits the amount of money a taxing district can receive — for numerous years.  That mistake result…

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I think it’s safe to say it’s been a really rough week and a half for many people. What happened at Marshall County High School on Tuesday, Jan. 23 is something we never expect to happen around here. Especially given the fact that it happened just 20 short years ago at Heath High School in W…

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For a while now, the book on Chris Kennedy has been that he may not be cut out for a career in politics, despite his famous last name and pedigree as the son of Bobby Kennedy and nephew of John F. Kennedy.

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Is there any safe place nowadays? There seems to be more and more incidents of violent incidents on our television screens as breaking news or during the nightly news.  Is it because news is more readily available than it was years ago, or is it because there are just more people committing …

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Editor’s Note: This Massac Memo from 40 years ago tells the sad story of United Mine Workers from north of here coming down to ransack the offices at Cook Coal Terminal.  The Cook employees were able to escape out the back way before the mob reached the offices.

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I’ve always heard fashion comes and goes in cycles and what used to be “in,” with enough time, would be back “in” again.

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As 2018 begins, we cannot help but think Massac County will begin the year with a lot of challenges on different fronts.

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“I’m not in charge,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said recently, “I’m trying to get to be in charge.”

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It only happens once in a lifetime. A great state of the United States of America will celebrate its 200th birthday on Dec. 3, 2018 resulting in a year long bicentennial celebration that kicked off on Monday in Massac County.

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In this season of giving thanks, it is fitting we “Show Some Love” for our small businesses and entrepreneurs. Our local businesses are a reflection of our region’s unique character. They help define who we are and play an integral role in making our region a great place to live, work and play.

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Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, but it’s the next day, Small Business Saturday, that really puts me in the holiday spirit.

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Until recently, state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) had been passing separate nominating petitions for both her reelection to the Illinois House and a possible primary bid for governor against incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen House Speaker Michael Madigan move faster to get in front of a legislative issue than he did last when he vowed action to address the climate of sexual harassment at the Illinois Statehouse.

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Democrat JB Pritzker spent $21 million on his gubernatorial campaign through the end of September and recently opened his tenth campaign field office.  The billionaire spent more money on staff and consultants last quarter ($1.5 million) than any of his primary opponents raised.

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Over the past several weeks, we have had different questions arise about our policies here at the Metropolis Planet. Some of these are printed each week in the newspaper, while others are not. We hope this editorial will help our readers understand our procedures better.

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While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.”

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There are good things going on in Metropolis. Last month I was given the opportunity to tag along with community leaders, business owners and city officials to a meeting of the International Council of Shopping Centers for downstate Illinois. The meeting took place in Edwardsville — a town c…

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Late last Thursday night I was chasing a story about the rumored retirement of state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, Illinois’ first ever female house majority leader, when I got a text message from a high-level employee of Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

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Where do we go from here in dealing with the addition problems to methamphetamine and other drugs?

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It’s been clear for decades that the way Illinois funds its public schools has been wrong-headed. But finding a solution has eluded everyone who has tried. Until now.

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For a town dependent on tourism and tourism dollars, there are a few Metropolis motels that need to shape up.  In the weeks leading up to the total solar eclipse, there were media reports about how the rates at some motels were inflated.  That is legal for motels to do.