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Members of the Massac County Historical Society have noticed how good our courthouse looks with all the recent work that has been done on this historic building. The windows are particularly outstanding. These improvements have made the courthouse an attractive asset to Metropolis and to Mas…

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Whenever I go to a high school or college football game, I cringe at the sight of players on the field, standing as if witless (which they aren’t), looking to the sidelines for instructions from the coaches for the play to call and defense to mount.

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I imagine there are great qualities about living in a big city or suburb, but I would not know. I have lived my entire life in the same rural community. I am proud of my rural, farm roots, but I also recognize the need to better understand the perspectives of others around the state and nation.

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September is often seen as the transition between summer and fall. It brings us the last few days of sun and heat as the winter begins to take hold. Although these changes do make September rather notable, it is particularly special to me because it is National Recovery Month.

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It’s 6 a.m. in Princeton, Illinois. I have a six-hour drive to Rochester, Minnesota, where the Mayo Brothers will take a look-see at my 80-year-old ticker. Some reason for stress.

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For those impacted by the back-to-school rush this month, it is dizzying to say the least.

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Beautiful weather. Everyone is loving it. We did get a little rain over the weekend, other more than some, but we will take it. It was a great Labor Day weekend. The official last holiday long weekend of the summer.

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Time for another fish fry this Saturday. The parks and recreation committee is serving either a fish or a barbecue dinner with sides to raise money for park improvements. It will be held at the old Brookport gym on Crockett Street at 4 p.m. until sold out. There will also be a drawing for ha…

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A month ago, new COVID-19 cases were dropping rapidly, and it looked as if we were out of real danger from the pandemic. Most states dropped regulations which closed businesses, and normalcy seemed just around the corner.

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The summer of 2021 includes a long to-do list as restrictions have been lifted and people take to the roads for summer vacations and family reunions.

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Sen. Mitt Romney appeared on Jake Tapper’s CNN show recently, and for a few brief minutes, I felt transported to a saner world. Asked about the gross things some on the right are saying about Gen. Mark Milley, he responded that “Gen. Milley is a person of extraordinary accomplishment and per…

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The spring session of the Illinois General Assembly is now history. At the beginning of the session, there was renewed hope that critical aspects of Illinois government might change. After all, for the first time in decades, the House had a new speaker.

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I was 3 1/2 when we moved to Metropolis, and among those first memories were weekly trips with Mom to picnic along the riverside at Fort Massac State Park.

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At the age of 9, while learning to play the piano, I learned to have perseverance, to keep on keeping on, to turn the negative in life into a positive attitude and to never give up or say “I can’t do that.” I had no idea the lesson to persevere was preparing my life for the journey of walkin…

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Illinois is blessed with the black gold that feeds America: rich, deep soils that make it one of the highest producing regions in the world. Agriculture is the largest economic sector in the state, and Illinois is among the top producers of corn and soybeans in the nation. My family has been…

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Democratic mapmakers in Springfield have crafted new legislative district lines that are so laughably offensive to the Illinois Constitution that the state Supreme Court will either have to reject them outright, or confirm the court’s reputation for partisan political corruptness. You decide…

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Every year, we take time to celebrate School Principals’ Day on May 1 and National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 4. The Appreciation Day for teachers has now turned into National Teacher Appreciation Week, and this year was celebrated May 2-8.

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We announced last fall that we established the Paul Simon-Jim Edgar award to celebrate statesmanship in Illinois. While we have no formula to offer that magically ends partisanship in Illinois, quiets rancor and forges a sense of shared destiny, we believe this award will affirm and honor th…

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The stars are aligned for Illinois to become a hot spot in the revival of manufacturing across our great American heartland. For example, I propose a really big, transformative, federal-state-private-sector partnership that would create a cutting-edge, computer chip manufacturing and researc…

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Last week, ex-police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The evidence on the murder charges was weak; the evidence on manslaughter was significantly stronger. Still, the jury took only 10 hours and zero questions to…

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Over the years, there have been many problems discussed at the Metropolis city council. Back in 1988, it was the lack of parking uptown. Wouldn’t we like to have that problem now? Of course, much of that problem was caused by having Happy Hearts right across from the courthouse, where the Me…

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Friends ask: “Why hasn’t Mike Madigan been indicted yet? After all, he has been under investigation for what must be a couple of years now.”

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Now that the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly is underway and there have been literally thousands of proposals filed for consideration in the House and Senate, it is time to begin following bills that interest you and let your voice be heard. It is time to get in the game.

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American politics is caught in a perverse paradox. The bases of both parties would like nothing more than to destroy the other party. But it is precisely this animus that prevents them from accomplishing their goal. That’s because the best strategy for partisans to wreak havoc in the other p…

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I imagine there are great qualities about living in a big city or suburb, but I would not know. I have lived my entire life in the same rural community. I am proud of my rural, farm roots, but I also recognize the need to better understand the perspectives of others around the state and nation.

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September is often seen as the transition between summer and fall. It brings us the last few days of sun and heat as the winter begins to take hold. Although these changes do make September rather notable, it is particularly special to me because it is National Recovery Month.

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It’s 6 a.m. in Princeton, Illinois. I have a six-hour drive to Rochester, Minnesota, where the Mayo Brothers will take a look-see at my 80-year-old ticker. Some reason for stress.

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For those impacted by the back-to-school rush this month, it is dizzying to say the least.

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Beautiful weather. Everyone is loving it. We did get a little rain over the weekend, other more than some, but we will take it. It was a great Labor Day weekend. The official last holiday long weekend of the summer.

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Time for another fish fry this Saturday. The parks and recreation committee is serving either a fish or a barbecue dinner with sides to raise money for park improvements. It will be held at the old Brookport gym on Crockett Street at 4 p.m. until sold out. There will also be a drawing for ha…

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A month ago, new COVID-19 cases were dropping rapidly, and it looked as if we were out of real danger from the pandemic. Most states dropped regulations which closed businesses, and normalcy seemed just around the corner.

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  • Updated
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The summer of 2021 includes a long to-do list as restrictions have been lifted and people take to the roads for summer vacations and family reunions.

  • 0

Sen. Mitt Romney appeared on Jake Tapper’s CNN show recently, and for a few brief minutes, I felt transported to a saner world. Asked about the gross things some on the right are saying about Gen. Mark Milley, he responded that “Gen. Milley is a person of extraordinary accomplishment and per…

editor's pick
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The spring session of the Illinois General Assembly is now history. At the beginning of the session, there was renewed hope that critical aspects of Illinois government might change. After all, for the first time in decades, the House had a new speaker.

editor's pick
  • 0

I was 3 1/2 when we moved to Metropolis, and among those first memories were weekly trips with Mom to picnic along the riverside at Fort Massac State Park.

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At the age of 9, while learning to play the piano, I learned to have perseverance, to keep on keeping on, to turn the negative in life into a positive attitude and to never give up or say “I can’t do that.” I had no idea the lesson to persevere was preparing my life for the journey of walkin…

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  • 0

Illinois is blessed with the black gold that feeds America: rich, deep soils that make it one of the highest producing regions in the world. Agriculture is the largest economic sector in the state, and Illinois is among the top producers of corn and soybeans in the nation. My family has been…

editor's pick
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Democratic mapmakers in Springfield have crafted new legislative district lines that are so laughably offensive to the Illinois Constitution that the state Supreme Court will either have to reject them outright, or confirm the court’s reputation for partisan political corruptness. You decide…

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  • 0

Every year, we take time to celebrate School Principals’ Day on May 1 and National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 4. The Appreciation Day for teachers has now turned into National Teacher Appreciation Week, and this year was celebrated May 2-8.

editor's pick
  • 0

We announced last fall that we established the Paul Simon-Jim Edgar award to celebrate statesmanship in Illinois. While we have no formula to offer that magically ends partisanship in Illinois, quiets rancor and forges a sense of shared destiny, we believe this award will affirm and honor th…

editor's pick
  • 0

The stars are aligned for Illinois to become a hot spot in the revival of manufacturing across our great American heartland. For example, I propose a really big, transformative, federal-state-private-sector partnership that would create a cutting-edge, computer chip manufacturing and researc…

  • 0

Last week, ex-police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The evidence on the murder charges was weak; the evidence on manslaughter was significantly stronger. Still, the jury took only 10 hours and zero questions to…

editor's pick
  • 0

Over the years, there have been many problems discussed at the Metropolis city council. Back in 1988, it was the lack of parking uptown. Wouldn’t we like to have that problem now? Of course, much of that problem was caused by having Happy Hearts right across from the courthouse, where the Me…

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  • 0

Friends ask: “Why hasn’t Mike Madigan been indicted yet? After all, he has been under investigation for what must be a couple of years now.”

editor's pick
  • 0

Now that the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly is underway and there have been literally thousands of proposals filed for consideration in the House and Senate, it is time to begin following bills that interest you and let your voice be heard. It is time to get in the game.

  • 0

American politics is caught in a perverse paradox. The bases of both parties would like nothing more than to destroy the other party. But it is precisely this animus that prevents them from accomplishing their goal. That’s because the best strategy for partisans to wreak havoc in the other p…