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Letter to the Editor: Jan. 17

Thank you to the Gifford music department

To the editor:

I just want to say on behalf of being resident of Gifford, a big thank you to the music department of Gifford Grade School for last month’s Christmas program.

Poremba: ‘He was always with a smile and will be missed’

I am asking for prayers for Connie Franzen. She has lost her father, Wayne Rasmus.

I always enjoyed talking to him. He was always with a smile, and will be missed .

Reeder: Vote for the person, not just the party

SPRINGFIELD – Cheri Bustos, my favorite Democrat in Congress, has stirred things up this week with a report on how Democrats can carry rural areas that favored Donald Trump in 2016.

It’s not a particularly complicated formula: focus on the economy, don’t get distracted by ancillary issues and meet people where they are.

Fogal: Winter challenging time at SHARE


Rantoul Press columnist

DEWEY — 2017 was a challenging year in that we rescued several starving, neglected horses at Society for Hooved Animals Rescue and Emergency in rural Dewey.

Wang: Rantoul's Larkin a life-long learner

During my teaching of The 150 years University of Illinois art course for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute last fall, one of the students, Joe Larkin, showed me a Chinese Yi Xin teapot and asked me to interpret/explain the Chinese poem engraved on the teapot for him.

Reeder: Candidate favors paring number of school districts

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has too many school districts, taxpayers pay way too many administrators and our children are suffering for it.

Porter: I resolve to make no new resolutions

By DAVID PORTER/Rantoul Press columnist

It’s that time again to make our New Year’s resolutions. I don’t make resolutions, but I think about them. I find that resolutions are much easier to live up to if I don’t actually make them.

Letter: Thank you to a Good Samaritan

To the editor:

On Thursday, Dec. 28, I pulled into the back parking lot of Wave Lynx Beauty Salon for a 9 a.m. appointment.

I backed into a parking spot and went off of the edge of the plowed blacktop and into a snow bank.

In trying to get out, I ended up spinning my wheels a couple of times with no luck. I was stuck.

Pace: People are watching you

We can all make a difference in the world we live in, and we must choose to do our best. I am one, but there are so many others in my life who inspire me to be the best Christian I can be.

It does not mean that I am perfect. It just means they notice the transformation. Unconditional love is a God thing, and I choose to love all unconditionally.

Poremba: Fourteen-year-old has heart surgery

I have such wonderful news to tell. The new year comes forth with the miracle we all prayed for.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Allen of Rantoul, parents of Robert (R.J.) Allen want to thank everyone for their prayers, calls, cards and donations. You all touched their  hearts with your kindness.