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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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The coffee klatch at Julie’s Café Market asks: What’s going to happen in American politics over the next few years, now that Trump has declared he plans to be the leader of the Republican Party? Here is my take.

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Behind closed doors, something very important is happening in our democracy. I would suspect that aside from people who follow redistricting, many are unaware of both the process and outcome of redistricting. I do think everyone would argue for a “fair” process.

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Here is a follow-up from last week’s reprint of a 1988 Massac Memo concerning an attempt to induce people from central and northern Illinois to retire to Metropolis.

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At the post office the other day, where all of us in my rural town go to pick up our daily mail, a friend asked: “Why are we so angry, Jim?” By “we” he didn’t mean him and me, and I could tell, even with his mask on, that he was concerned.

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The dance of democracy continues in 2021 with the once-a-decade ritual of drawing new state legislative and congressional district lines in Illinois and across the nation. In two-thirds of the states, including Illinois, the legislators themselves draw the lines. This means the party in powe…

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I have never thought much about New Year’s resolutions. They always seem about the same. Mine have been mostly about losing weight by eating better and exercising more. And then there has always been to work smarter and play harder. The resolutions may have helped a little, but everything ha…

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I was driving up Market Street over the weekend and the window with “What’s Your 2020 Vision?” written on it caught my eye.

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The cold weather coming for Christmas reminds me that creeks and ponds will be freezing over and a few people will be ice skating. This column from 1988 proves you don’t really need ice on the ponds for skating.

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The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University asked me to do some noodling about the future of Illinois. I have mentioned this to several friends. The responses — a roll of the eyes; a belly laugh; a retort that it is too late to do anything about Illinois. Nobody ha…

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The Christmas for Kids Toy Drive giveaway will be Dec. 19, 2020 from 8-10 a.ms at First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd. We will continue to serve children 15 years old and younger in Massac County. We request one parent/guardian for family and no children present. Individuals will need …

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I’ve always taken great pride in the tender care I give to my cellphone. Until recently, I could boast that with all of the various cellular devices I’ve possessed through the years (dating back to the first Motorola bag phone my dad gave me during the Early Iron Age), I’d never once had so …

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There is more content available today about the upcoming election than likely in any previous cycle. While we could fill this page with media sources that have some type of information about the election, most people find their election information on social media (like Facebook and YouTube)…

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I have always admired songwriters because they seem to have a unique way of conveying complicated feelings in short, simple phrases.

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At the Planet office, we had a saying when someone left: Just wait, they’ll be back.

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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.

  • 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…

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The coffee klatch at Julie’s Café Market asks: What’s going to happen in American politics over the next few years, now that Trump has declared he plans to be the leader of the Republican Party? Here is my take.

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Behind closed doors, something very important is happening in our democracy. I would suspect that aside from people who follow redistricting, many are unaware of both the process and outcome of redistricting. I do think everyone would argue for a “fair” process.

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Here is a follow-up from last week’s reprint of a 1988 Massac Memo concerning an attempt to induce people from central and northern Illinois to retire to Metropolis.

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At the post office the other day, where all of us in my rural town go to pick up our daily mail, a friend asked: “Why are we so angry, Jim?” By “we” he didn’t mean him and me, and I could tell, even with his mask on, that he was concerned.

  • 0

The dance of democracy continues in 2021 with the once-a-decade ritual of drawing new state legislative and congressional district lines in Illinois and across the nation. In two-thirds of the states, including Illinois, the legislators themselves draw the lines. This means the party in powe…

  • 0

I have never thought much about New Year’s resolutions. They always seem about the same. Mine have been mostly about losing weight by eating better and exercising more. And then there has always been to work smarter and play harder. The resolutions may have helped a little, but everything ha…

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I was driving up Market Street over the weekend and the window with “What’s Your 2020 Vision?” written on it caught my eye.

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The cold weather coming for Christmas reminds me that creeks and ponds will be freezing over and a few people will be ice skating. This column from 1988 proves you don’t really need ice on the ponds for skating.

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The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University asked me to do some noodling about the future of Illinois. I have mentioned this to several friends. The responses — a roll of the eyes; a belly laugh; a retort that it is too late to do anything about Illinois. Nobody ha…

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The Christmas for Kids Toy Drive giveaway will be Dec. 19, 2020 from 8-10 a.ms at First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd. We will continue to serve children 15 years old and younger in Massac County. We request one parent/guardian for family and no children present. Individuals will need …

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I’ve always taken great pride in the tender care I give to my cellphone. Until recently, I could boast that with all of the various cellular devices I’ve possessed through the years (dating back to the first Motorola bag phone my dad gave me during the Early Iron Age), I’d never once had so …

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There is more content available today about the upcoming election than likely in any previous cycle. While we could fill this page with media sources that have some type of information about the election, most people find their election information on social media (like Facebook and YouTube)…

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I have always admired songwriters because they seem to have a unique way of conveying complicated feelings in short, simple phrases.

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At the Planet office, we had a saying when someone left: Just wait, they’ll be back.

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Let’s squarely face an ugly possibility: President Trump could get elected a second time without winning the popular vote. Indeed, according to most experts, that’s the only way he could be reelected.

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What would my town be without a newspaper? If you haven’t asked yourself that question, perhaps it is time to consider just what the newspaper means to this community.