Guest commentary: Pray that former base finally gets cleaned up

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Letters to the Editor: March 21

Smith puts heart, soul into mayor’s job

To the editor:

My wife and I moved to Rantoul March 1, 2001. It was not too long after that I met Chuck Smith.

Chuck became a close friend. I was on board before Chuck ran for mayor the first time.

Poremba: You’ve got questions; we’ve got answers

Editor’s note: This week Pauline Poremba makes like a pseudo-Tom Kacich with his News-Gazette Mail Bag column. She answers several reader queries with some help.

Reeder: Rauner needs to begin leading

SPRINGFIELD – There is an old Marine saying that goes something like this: Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.

Gov. Bruce Rauner would do well to remember that adage, because this past month he has failed at all three.

His first two years in office have been marked not so much by accomplishment but by clarity of vision.

Fogal: Horses in need can count on SHARE help

RURAL DEWEY — The Society for Hooved Animal Rescue and Emergency is an active organization.

In the last article I was going to introduce you to one of our many success stories, Chaos, but he will have to wait. Here is an example of a recent rescue. It is a sad situation but with an positive ending.  

Visel: Entertainment, learning await at Rantoul library

“Public libraries are the heart and soul of any community. They are a place to read, and think and browse and dream.”

Some rules for election letters to the editor

Letter writers who wish to submit an epistle regarding a candidate or issue for the April 4 election may do so right up until March 29, the final edition of the Press before the election.

Letters to the Editor: March 14

Backs Smith for re-election as local mayor

To the editor:

My family and I moved to the village of Rantoul 20 years ago, and through the years we have observed the economic and social changes that the village has experienced due to the closing of Chanute Air Force Base and the great recession that soon followed.

Carpenter: March is unforgiving

It’s fitting that Rantoul’s heartbreaking postseason defeat at the hands of Mahomet-Seymour last Wednesday night came on the first day of March.

That devastating loss was the definition of a March Madness postseason basketball game.

Poremba: Farewell to an amazing gentleman, Eddie Carter

I have only one way to start this week’s column.  

Our town must say farewell to an amazing gentleman, Eddie Carter, who was respected by adults and children. He  never met a stranger.

Anywhere he went you would hear, “Hello, Officer Carter,” and he would look up, and there was that genuine smile straight from the heart, and he would remember your name.

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