Sweat: Become part of the solution


Rantoul Press columnist

Democracy, how would you define it?

Porter: Columns being used educationally


Rantoul Press columnist

I’m feeling a little pressure these days ever since I learned that students in a prestigious private school were using this column in their English class.

I can imagine the teacher telling the students, “Here’s an example of what you shouldn’t do” and “This, kids, is why you need to go to college.”

Letter to the editor: RTHS academic awards always a joy to marvel at

To the editor:

This past Tuesday evening, RTHS held its annual academic honors awards program. 

I have been presenting a scholarship at the ceremony for a local fraternal group for several years.  I read one sentence announcing the winner.

Reeder: Too many have been wrongly convicted

SPRINGFIELD – Years ago, I watched the movie “Shawshank Redemption” and observed the character Andy Dufresne try to prove his innocence for a murder he didn’t commit.

He, of course, had to do this while serving a life sentence in a Maine maximum-security prison.

Miller: State has allowed too many colleges to decline

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Eastern Illinois University’s legislative liaison Katie Anselment had some strong words for legislators during an Illinois Senate Higher Education Committee hearing last week.

Dey: State senator's lawsuit alleges facts that are in serious dispute

Call it the cycle of political warfare Illinois-style — fussing turns into feuding turns into fighting.

Before you know it, a meeting with a group of Girl Scouts has degenerated into a federal lawsuit that includes disputed facts and ugly claims about “tyranny” forced upon the beleaguered people of Illinois.

Fogal: Mothers Day comes early


Rantoul Press columnist

RURAL DEWEY — Mother’s Day came a bit early to Society for Hooved Animals Rescue and Emergency.
It was expected; we just didn’t know when. Lacy, our mini horse, had been taken to the University Animal Clinic for foal watch. SHARE wanted to be on the safe side.

Reeder: Blagojevich should not be pardoned

SPRINGFIELD – A movement is afoot to get President Donald Trump to pardon former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich is saying her husband is the victim of FBI targeting, something she apparently believes Trump can identify with.

Porter: Patience is wearing thin


Rantoul Press columnist

I don’t know why software companies don’t leave well enough alone. I get it that competition drives innovation, and someone is always trying to make things better. Sometimes, they just make things different.

Reeder: Mom was the best critic

SPRINGFIELD – My best editor was my mother.

She operated on the axiom: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

Time after time, she’d call me after reading a particularly disagreeable column and let me know what she thought.

She didn’t like name calling.

She’d say, “Criticize what people do, but don’t criticize them as human beings.”

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