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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? ...

Navigating the password jungle

Have you ever, out of desperation, resorted to using the password “password” or “123456?” Security pass codes can be frustrating and, if you’re like m ...

Another View: I just wanted to be alone, lock the door, turn out the light

It’s been a long time since June 6, the day our son Jeffrey died. But the time just slipped away from us; we’d spent most of it in a mental fog of protection, I guess. ...

How hard can wallpapering be?

Back in 1976 we decided to buy a piece of property in Todd Valley. We thought it might be a good investment. Back then the building of the Auburn Dam was being promoted and touted ...