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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic … more
The big picture is that the world seems out of control, with millions suffering, thousands dying and economies collapsing. It’s in the pages of local newspapers that this terrible news becomes … more
But the Pritzker administration is refusing to bend on their most important demands, saying the governor will not move selected constituents to the “front of the line” ahead of others, which … more
Living in a rural central Illinois town (Toulon, pop. 1,400), I am alert to any forces that might spur relocation to hinterland communities, which are often struggling to maintain population and … more
“A $1,000 car ain’t gonna roll ‘Til you throw at least another thousand in the hole Sink your money in it, and there you are The owner of a $2,000, $1,000 car” — The Bottle … more
As we Americans prepare to celebrate our 244th birthday on Saturday, July 4, let’s take a minute to reflect upon the amazing circumstances surrounding our 50th birthday, on July 4, … more
One is never too old to learn something new, even if he or she is a stubborn Lawrence Countian. I say this after talking to many of you last week — either on the telephone or at our front … more
The Land of Lincoln once produced 147 million barrels of oil in a single year – more than Iran and Iraq’s production combined. But last year, production dropped to 8.25 million barrels, the … more
This essay is not about who should be elected president in November, but about something arguably as important: How to avoid a sloppy election count, which could throw the nation into chaos. … more
Dick Poppe once gave me $10, out of the kindness of his heart. Technically, it was a bet, but it was one that Poppe knew from the jump that he had no chance of winning. He came to our counter the … more
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