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Prairie Writings: Where would Holmes be without Watson? Andy without Barney?

It was one of those “Where Are They Now?” sites that pop up on your computer. This time it was for The Brady Bunch and, in a fit of boredom, I clicked on it.

While scanning the cast, I paused over the actor who played Sam, the local butcher and the boyfriend of Alice the housekeeper. His name was Allan Melvin.

Letter: Lobbies for pond to be named for Gwen Owens

To the editor:

I feel it is a great honor to have any landmark, place, building or park named after a person of the community.

Not to say Joe Brown is not a worthy candidate for consideration. I just feel there is a more qualified candidate from right here in Rantoul, and I hope she is given the same consideration.

Statehouse Reeder: Assault weapons no more deadly than hunting rifles

Editor’s Note: Scott Reeder originally wrote this column seven years ago. But in the wake of the Orlando shooting we believe it remains as relevant today.

SPRINGFIELD — I took my 3-year-old daughter, Grace, fishing the other day.

We talked about the ducks, geese and boats floating in the lake, her favorite cartoons and the brand-new Barbie life jacket she was wearing.

Letter: Thanks for support of new history museum

To the editor:

Many thanks to all the good folks who helped us celebrate our open house.

The Rantoul Historical Society is now located at 1040 Klein Ave (across from DQ). I wish to personally thank all of the volunteers for the six weeks of hard work to ready our exhibits for display to the public.

Pauline's Corner: So much sadness in this new age

The sadness that comes from this column is intense.

You do not need to know a family to feel their pain or to pray for them. Is this the new age — people with no hearts that storm a place a business and murder 49 people and injure so many more?

What is it going to take to wake everyone up and see what is going on? Stop listening to all the garbage and look around you.

Statehouse Reeder: Madigan treats lawmakers like mushrooms

I opened my credit card bill last month and gasped. There were $3,570 in charges I did not recognize.

And each charge was for something from Apple computer’s iTunes division.

I asked my wife, Joan, and she said, “It wasn’t me.”

I asked my 10-year-old and 8-year-old daughters, and they gave perplexed looks and shook their heads.

Austin Berg: How Madigan became king

Rantoul Press columnist

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s first political splash had nothing to do with policy.

It wasn’t a blueprint for a better state.

It wasn’t middle-class jobs growth.

It wasn’t a successful welfare program.

It was cartography.

Letter: Maybe if they could go back, residents would change tune

To the editor:

I was assigned to Chanute AFB from June through October of 1982. I spent a lot of time off base at many of the businesses in Rantoul while I was there.

I can honestly say I never had any problems with any of the local residents there, but I must say I did hear a lot about how the people of Rantoul didn’t like the base being there.

Letter: We’re all sinners; not just those who suffer tragic deaths

To the editor:

Could it be possible that the terrorist in Orlando had acted as God’s special agent? After all, the ruthless ruler of ancient Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar, had actually obeyed God by inflicting God’s severe judgement on the disobedient, unfaithful people of Judah, and God called Nebuchadnezzar “My servant.”  

Letter: Vietnam memorial reminds us of risks

To the editor:

The Vietnam traveling wall is coming to Champaign County this week.

For those of us who served in Vietnam and lost battle buddies and for all who lost loved ones this is usually a profound experience.