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  • Experts agree: Government’s ivory ban ‘nuts’

    WASHINGTON – As I gaze at my computer mouse pad, a rubbery version of Monet’s “Water Lilies,” I keep ...
    June 29, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Grateful for support in fight against cancer

    A huge thank you is being extended to everyone who helped in any way to make the success of the June 7-8 Relay for Life of Whiteside County at Westwoo ...
    June 26, 2014 - 8:28 am
  • Representative concerned by VA problems

    Our nation’s veterans deserve nothing but the very best. That’s why I’m deeply troubled by the reported misconduct at Veterans Affairs health centers ...
    June 27, 2014 - 7:46 pm
  • Education and work create financial wealth

    I cannot believe that some people actually believe that by returning wealth to the have-nots, I assume through some kind of welfare program, it would ...
    June 27, 2014 - 7:46 pm
  • Great state parks a good initiative for IDNR staff

    Of the many mistakes made by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, one of the worst was his pitch to close state historic sites and state parks as a way to sav ...
    June 27, 2014 - 7:46 pm
  • Superintendent choice a big responsibility

    Hiring a superintendent is one of the most important responsibilities ever faced by a school board of education.
    June 27, 2014 - 7:46 pm
  • Boost transparency, restore public trust

    A recent survey ranks Illinois among the most politically corrupt states in the nation. The Land of ...
    June 26, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • On energy, let government do what it preaches

    The federal government, through the U.S. Department of Energy, has preached energy conservation for years.
    June 26, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • God’s law supersedes Illinois’ law

    In response to Jordan Bowman’s June 18 letter, “Readers have a choice in news coverage,” this is our only newspaper in our town, and everyone reads it ...
    June 25, 2014 - 10:30 pm
  • The real job creators are the wealthy

    There was a letter in Friday’s paper [June 20] written by Mr. John Eades concerning returning wealth to the have-nots. He refers to them as the real j ...
    June 25, 2014 - 10:30 pm
  • Chasing a dream on the river

    Those who doubt the power of one person to accomplish big things should hear the story of Terry Hicks.
    June 25, 2014 - 10:30 pm
  • Ballot question earns ‘F’ for its shaky grammar

    A bit of hay is being made over a grammar error that will appear on the ballot this November.It seem ...
    June 26, 2014 - 3:41 pm
  • Hopeful that bumpy road will be fixed

    This letter concerns the highway [state Route 38] from Ashton west to Crest Foods warehouse.Going bo ...
    June 24, 2014 - 10:42 pm
  • In the end, God’s law will never change

    This is in response to Jordan Bowman’s response [“Readers have a choice in news coverage,” June 18] to Nancy Lenhart’s letter [“Let God’s law be obeye ...
    June 24, 2014 - 10:42 pm
  • Big night ahead for finalists

    When the first Dixon Business Competition was officially announced less than 3 months ago, we had a feeling it could lead to something special.
    June 24, 2014 - 10:42 pm

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