Thompson: If you've ever dreamed of becoming a novelist, the time is now


Rantoul Press columnist

Have you ever dreamed of writing a novel?

November is National Novel Writing Month. It is the perfect time to stop dreaming and start writing.

One way to help yourself stay motivated is by signing up for National Novel Writing Month at www.nanowrimo.org.

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 18

Proud of students for showing patriotism

To the editor:

We did not attend a recent volleyball game at RTHS, but heard about the Rantoul Rowdies student organization who showed their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue and singing proudly the national anthem.

Poremba: Thankful for those who supported homeless Rantoul couple

Yesterday a dear friend of mine alerted me to the fact that Rantoul was home to a husband and wife who are homeless. I heard many versions of this story, and as you all are aware, gossip hurts people and destroys who they are. 

Pace: Always choose to do right thing

Some things are foreign to people, and that is the choice to do the right thing.

It should be the first and foremost choice for us. Sometimes we try other avenues that seem more profitable.

It is important to do the right thing, but the motive of why you do the right thing is more important. The heart determines the why.

Berg: Indignation, action needed on jobs crisis


Rantoul Press columnist

Illinois lawmakers spent much of the last month speaking out about the need for a major change in how the state funds schools. Their message hit headlines statewide on a daily basis.

Fogal: SHARE is the home of the unexpected


Rantoul Press columnist

DEWEY — Unexpected things do happen at SHARE, the Society for Hooved Animals Rescue and Emergency in rural Dewey.

One never knows what to expect. Linda, the owner of the rescue, had a riding accident when a horse flipped over on her and broke her pelvis.

Porter: Writing a column is monkey work


Rantoul Press columnist

I’m scheduled this week to give a speech to college students about how to write a column. I wish I knew how to do it.

Reeder: Every worker should be free to choose

SPRINGFIELD – You’ve probably never heard of Mark Janus.

He’s just an Ordinary Joe tucked away in a government building in Springfield investigating child support claims. But soon his name may become well-known throughout the United States.

Poremba: How to lift your spirts when feeling down

 Life can get you in a rut sometimes. Here’s what one person did to lift her spirits.

My sister Maryjane was bored and just couldn’t get out of her own way. Haven’t you had days that you just found yourself sitting and staring out the window? I have. Once I thought, “Another gloomy day where I can’t get motivated, and I am going to cry.”

Wang: Peter Bonard – people and art are one

Because Peter Bodnar lives locally and had been an art professor at the University of Illinois from 1962 to his retirement Jan. 1, 1992, I had often met him at UI faculty and student art exhibitions, and some local art events.

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