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It's Time To Let Your Brain Relax

Jul 13, 2017

It’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. A budget’s been passed, the Fourth of July has come and gone, and the older generation’s always complained that taxes were going up, up, up! Let them gloat awhile.

It’s still summer, so let’s celebrate the laziest season of all. Kids are deeply immersed in the timeless freedom of summer by now. It’s like that first day during a week of vacation when we finally get through a day without a fleeting thought of things left undone back in the “real world.”

We Need Healthcare For All

Jul 12, 2017

Some things in society are best part of the private sector, that is, not part of the government. Things like manufacturing, retail, construction, agriculture, financial institutions. It's a long list.

Other areas of our lives are best managed if they are part of our government. These are important to everyone equally, such as the military, the police, clean air and clean water, and publicly owned lands and waterways.

Where does our healthcare belong? Should your level of healthcare be based on money and power, or is it the right of all people?

Loving Your Neighbor Can Be Easy

Jul 11, 2017

One thing loving our neighbor means is watching out for the other guy. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as the Good Samaritan stopping to tend an injured man’s wounds. It can be as simple and significant as making a phone call.

I was sitting on my couch on one of those tired mornings when my phone was more interesting than doing chores. I’d left the gate open, sure the mares would stay in the pasture.

We Have Met The Enemy ...

Jul 10, 2017

Hyperpartisanship is an awkward, unpleasant term for an awkward, unpleasant affliction infecting our political system. We are riven by deep and bitter disputes that prevent us from addressing pressing problems.

In both Washington and Springfield, straight party voting is routine. Legislation is rammed through solely with the votes‎ of the majority party, which means that the other party's only interest is to regain power and reverse what was done to them. Compromise is disdained as cowardice and apostasy.

A Town That Feels Like Home

Jul 7, 2017

I like to say I’m a country boy. That means I like swimming in the small pond. I like small towns.

For years, I struggled when asked: “Where ya from?” We moved so much when I was growing up, my response was, “Northern Illinois.”

Now I have an answer — Ottawa. That’s in LaSalle County … Starved Rock Country. Since moving here I’ve discovered family roots and relatives I never knew.

I came to Ottawa in 1984 to be managing editor of the small town daily. I stayed 30 years … and counting.