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Another View: Listen up as old guys talk about feelings

By happy coincidence, I had back-to-back coffee meetings the other day with a couple of guys, one semi-retired and the other fully so. Both are friends with whom I talk business, p ...

Media Life: Reporter’s-eye view was up close on day Mike Davis died

  It was a barrage of shots that crackled through a quiet residential area of Auburn. It  was a barrage of shots that continue to reverberate in the local and national ...

Thank you for not smoking

Dear Straight Talk: Trying to quit smoking? Forget it! The trick is not starting. Leroy and Dee were heavy smokers who knew this. They told their sons at a young age that they pu ...

Understand the significance of your vote

My friends all know that I am very passionate about people exercising their vote. In fact, I volunteer my time registering people. I don’t care what party they pick — i ...

Another View: There weren’t many celebrities in Kankakee, Ill.

I never thought of myself as a country bumpkin while living in Illinois in a town of 30,000 people, a bucolic settlement surrounded by corn and soybean fields. One of our favorit ...

Another View: Covering crisis when it’s too close to home

The tragic events of Friday are fresh on the minds of most in the Auburn community. My thoughts go out to the local law enforcement community for the loss of an amazing man and o ...

Another View: Efforts continue to seek solution for DeWitt Theater

As county supervisors, we often find ourselves in the unenviable position of balancing the needs of the many, against the needs of the few.  After hearing about the proposed C ...

Our vaction: Going where no one else wants to

Was it my tone of voice or my facial expression? I tried to keep both neutral. But whenever anyone heard where my husband Don and I were going, I got looks of either tolerance or p ...

Anatomy of the high school party scene

Dear Straight Talk: My daughter, 17, and her friends are getting ready for the big Halloween party, swapping clothes and creating costumes. My problem isn’t the costumes be ...

Media Life: State Theatre work unearths long-lost 1930 art deco treasure

A vertically challenged genie? A variation on the theatrical “tragedy-comedy” mask, this time memorializing loud acting? A stylized tribute to Aztec culture run amok? ...