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This week’s note is a lightly revised submission from five years ago. If you feel gipped by getting an old column this week, we do have a money-back guarantee. 

Every summer around this time I write one of my Art=Life columns about an art trip outside of the Rantoul area. Primarily I have written about my visits to a national-level or world-renowned art museum such as the National Art Gallery in D.C. and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

According to the National Newspaper Association, there are more than 1,400 daily newspapers in the U.S. and more than 7,000 weekly newspapers. 

Doug Rokke wants you to believe installing solar energy at a home or business is almost certainly a waste of money. He’s wrong, and my goal here is to tell you why.

SPRINGFIELD – A few years back, I was driving through downtown St. Louis with my family when we saw a group of young people waving signs that read, “Forgive my student loans.”

The following was written in response to a recent item in the Press regarding the village of Rantoul’s solar policy.

My wife showed me a thing online the other day offering special classes for men. Like “How to put the toilet lid down” and “Yes, you can wash dishes.”

FORT FRANCIS, Ontario — How is it that a society with the engineering know how to put a man on the moon 50 years ago can’t make a decent gasoline can today?

 A good friend of mine is pregnant, and I really want to help her when she has the baby, but I am not sure how to do this. This is her first child, and I have no children of my own. I am really at a loss as to what would help her and what would not.

In this world you are guaranteed one thing. You will have to make a choice about living your best in your life space that is connected to others. 

Their skin is brown; mine’s white. They embrace socialism; I love capitalism. Their parents were born elsewhere; mine were born in Illinois. They live in big cities; I was reared on a farm. 

RURAL DEWEY —  Society for Hooved Animals Rescue and Emergency had scheduled the It’s All About Horse event for July 6. But it had to be cancelled. 

When I first heard that folks were protesting in front of a Lutheran church, I couldn’t help but wonder about what transgression they were protesting. 

The Vindy announced its death about a week before Jeffrey Epstein was arrested. Though the timing was only a coincidence, the juxtaposition speaks volumes about the state of American journalism.

Many rural Midwest towns have become like my stereotype of Appalachia — main streets of mostly empty storefronts; lots of unskilled folks left behind, yearning for jobs “on the line” that are gone forever; too many single mothers struggling to make it on low-wage work, or welfare, lacking th…

Purses have always been a mystery to me. I’ve never owned one, used one or wanted one. There are a lot of things I don’t know about women, and purses are part of that. There are some things that we just don’t need to know.

 Controversial as this topic of “human rights” and “a woman’s right to choose” is, everyone’s opinions matter. 

Our youngest child is moving out of the house at the end of the month, and I am really struggling with this. My family and friends joke about “having the place to yourself,” but I am not excited at all. Is there something wrong with me? Should I be feeling happier than I am?

If you listen to the news, it seems America hangs by a thread. But it’s hung by a thread before. My generation, the baby boomers, can testify to that. 

My team and I are covering the district as much as we can. To help aid in that effort, I was very excited to bring on an intern for the summer, Reagan Gifford, from Danville. 

I finally got to see the make-out room 40 years later, but I still didn’t get to make out. I’m not sure I remember how, anyway.

In those times when you feel as though life is going too fast and clarity of mind is not possible,  simply pause and reflect on portions of your life. Sometimes the whole picture is hard to imagine.

Democratic Gov. J. B. Pritzker and the Legislature have gambled on a new direction for Illinois. The dramatic new course seeks to turn our state from a government mired in conflict, impasse and perennial deficits to that of big picture thinking, and big spending.

I was at a seminar a few months ago. During the workshop segment, we were given a delicate task: compose a list of characteristics of two people — a person you really admire and a person you do not.