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Today's Opinions

  • Make good choices on prom night

    Prom night is one of the most anticipated and most feared nights of the year.

    So many wonderful memories to make. So many activities to share. Yet, so many dangers.

    The camp you fall into generally depends on whether youre a student or a parent. Students look forward to an extravagant adult-like event dressing up, going out for a nice meal, attending a dance. Parents are left at home, hoping and praying for the safe return of their child.

    Thankfully, there are people in our community who are committed to making this special evening both memorable and safe.

  • Whole lotta shakin' going on in quake area

    "I feel the earth move under my feet; I feel the sky tumbling down. I feel my heart start to trembling; whenever you're around."

    When Carole King wrote those lyrics in 1971, she was musing about the physical impact of a lover's presence.

    The same could be said for the effect of an early-morning earthquake that struck the area at 4:37 a.m. last Friday.

    Some people snoozed right through the 5.2-magnitude quake. Not us.

  • Surveyor report: 'Grond shook, springs roiled'

    Were you shaken from your bed in the early hours of this past Friday morning? Not me I slept right through it, although the 20-second shaking roused my husband, son and the family dog.

    Not feeling up to par, I took a nap in the morning, and missed the second tremor, too!

    The St. Louis television stations reported on the event, and I noticed that the stylus on the Richter machine recorded 5.2 right off the bat there were no small tremors in the seconds leading up to the quake.

  • Second Chance possible by the work of many

    Some individuals or groups wait for a government handout for their particular cause; others just go out and put in hours of hard work to get the job done. The volunteers of Second Chance Animal Rescue definitely fit into the latter category.

    About four years ago, Lynn Brown saw the need for an animal rescue shelter. She quickly got others to join in on the cause.

    On Saturday, Second Chance saw its goal realized, as the members of that group welcomed the public to its new rescue shelter and boarding house.

  • PMJ bricks came from old kiln in St. Elmo

    Over the years I have stockpiled bricks, recycling them into sidewalks around my house and garden. These bricks have come from various places in both Fayette and Bond County.

    Those from the home of my great-grandfather Yund, built in l9l5 in St. Paul, Wilberton Township, are bright red and smooth, having been made from clay found in that area and fired in the kiln at Frogtown.

  • No 'business as usual' is usually hard on business

    When he campaigned for governor about six years ago, Rod Blagojevich promised to change state government. It would no longer be business as usual.

    That is one campaign promise that Blagojevich has kept. Unfortunately, it has been a change for the worse.

    In a term and a half, Blagojevich has drug out the budget process, alienated state legislators in both parties and has even played a key role in the divisiveness of his own party.

  • LaBille earns Congressional Medal for bravery

    In 1972, a new stone was set at the grave of Joseph S. LaBille in the Catholic Cemetery. The reason? The veterans marker set at his grave in 1911 did not reflect the fact that he had been awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor, and his name was misspelled as LaVille.

    LaBilles Medal Of Honor was awarded for his actions on May 22, 1863, when the 26-year-old was laying within four feet of Confederate troops at Stockade Redan near Vicksburg, Miss.

  • IHSA, IPA settle suit over photos

    After months of acrimonious banter and legal maneuvering, the Illinois High School Association has agreed to abandon its efforts to control the states newspapers access to IHSA state championships and the use of photographs taken at those events.

    In a court-sanctioned binding settlement announced Tuesday, IHSA and the Illinois Press Association agreed to four key points:

    Newspapers are allowed unrestricted use and sale of images taken at IHSA events.