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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor August 5, 2020

Vets add dignity to military rites
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank some men that I see at military funerals. They may not even know the deceased, but they pay honor to that person, just the same. They are our


Friday, September 7, 2007
Why not include a little shade for store's customers?
Regarding Wal-Mart:

When I read about the plans for the new Wal-Mart store, my first thought was shade. It would be nice, really nice, if there would be at least one row of parking spaces with trees.

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Politicians need to step up to the plate
As the utility companies post record profits in Illinois, consumers are getting hit hard with high electric bills.
Friday, June 1, 2007
War creating a new 'Silent Majority'
For a long time now, our leaders in the White House have linked patriotism with support of military operations in Iraq. The President believes that anyone with feelings of dissent for the war is automatically against the troops and therefore must also be against America.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Urge Congress to oppose amnesty
Once again, the United States Senate is working on an amnesty/guest worker bill (S. 1348) that closely resembles last year's Senate amnesty-laden bill (S. 2611; This is a bill that would give amnesty to the estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in this country. (Some estimates put this figure closer to 40 million).
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Stranger makes prom night special
Saturday night, my daughter went out to eat before the Hutsonville prom. She went with three others to a local restaurant.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Take those 'barber-shop opinions' to the polls!
Yes, the turnout in last Tuesday's election ended up very low. The question is, why?
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Why not try going vegetarian?
Earth Day is coming up on April 22 - a time when everyone should become aware of the many problems of global warming and other problems we are passing on to our children.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
The chief vs. Native American 'wannabes'
I like other Illini fans was saddened to see Chief Illiniwek perform his last dance. It just so happens that right after the performance I read an article by Professor Ward Churchill, University of Colorado.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
We need to do more to stop animal abuse
I recently read in the Daily News WeekEnder the heartbreaking story about the latest animal abuse case of the horses. This story was very disturbing, and I hope the owners feel the remorse for what they have done to these poor animals.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Not-guilty verdict deserves more space
As a member of the legal community and a 30-year plus resident of Crawford County, I was saddened to see your tiny announcement of a not-guilty jury verdict on Jan. 19, 2007, on Page 9 of the paper.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
What will happen to this GM electric?
As indicated in a Jan. 10 Daily news article, GM displayed a new concept car at the Detroit Auto show recently. The car, called the Volt, is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Shelter contributes to community
Dear Editor: Everyone I hope knows me, my values, and my work ethic, They know I care about my responsibilities and try to make good decisions with my mind and my heart. One of my responsibilities was a dream of ours to make a small difference with the animal shelter.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Working with ACE was more than a job
Editor: I started working at ACE in January of 2006 and immediately fell in love with what I would call my "job."
Thursday, August 10, 2006
State not paying its health-care bills
Editor: We have a crisis in the State of Illinois, and the people who are providing health care for our loved ones desperately need everyone's help.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Public needs to know about sex crimes
Editor: In regard to the Letter to the Editor in Thursday's paper {regarding a June 7 story on a public-indecency case} I say this: If you break the law, you are news. We need to know about these things that could affect our towns.
Monday, June 12, 2006
News judgment questioned in indecency story
Editor: The Daily News broke new ground on Wednesday with a front page report about a Robinson man pleading guilty to a Vigo County misdemeanor charge of public indecency.
Thursday, June 8, 2006
Proposed ambulance increase "crazy"
Editor: My friend and long-time county board member, Harold Sparks, fought the excesses of the ambulance service to his dying day.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Railroad cars creating hazard?
Editor: As a resident on South Prairie Street, I am very concerned with railroad cars being left on the south side of the tracks. I cross the tracks at least two times a day to take my child to school and to go to work.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Walkers nervous about fly balls
Editor: You've seen them. Walkers. All over the town. This breed of humans sometimes picks up speed to jog. A few take along dogs or strollers for their kids. And they converge over the same walkway every day at the city park.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Unit 2 arts program "accomplishes the impossible" again
Editor: Several years ago my wife and I witnessed a performance of "Les Miserables" by the Drama Club of Robinson High School under the direction of Barbara Shimer. I went to this performance mainly out of loyalty to the director, not expecting to see a very professional rendition of this extremely complicated musical.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Save Palestine High's entrance
Editor: Soon construction on the new grade school in Palestine will be complete. As a result, Palestine will be losing a local landmark, Palestine High School. Yes, the students will be relocated to the old grade school, but the building will have to be destroyed.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Unit 1 board "forward-thinking"
Editor: As I read Tom Compton's report on the Hutsonville Unit I school board meeting (Feb. 21 Daily News), two items caught my attention that, in my opinion, are deserving of additional comment.
Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Wall-Mart should pay us to "super-size"
Editor: It looks as if our past city officials did what our forefathers did two and a half century ago. They goofed, just that plain, goofed.
Monday, February 20, 2006
We elected politicians who sold us down the free-trade river
Editor: In my judgment, Wal-Mart is getting a bum rap. Your article on Wal-Mart was lengthy and it had a considerable amount of informative information in it.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Previewing the spring session
The first thing I would like to do is wish everyone a Happy New Year. I sincerely hope that 2006 is the best year yet for you and yours! With the New Year comes a new legislative session....
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
Tree leaves mess in cemetery
Editor: On Dec. 25 I drove 65 miles in the rain to decorate my dad’s grave for the holidays. Upon my arrival at the Grand Praire Cemetery I noticed the big old tree had fallen down...
Friday, December 30, 2005
Pats on the back
Editor: I would like to “tip my hat” to a few people that probably don’t get it near enough....
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Road crews 'undefeated'
Editor: Having lived most of my life in Southwest Township of Crawford County, I’ve spent many hours and miles driving roads in Lawrence, Richland, and Jasper counties....
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Wakefield will be missed
Editor: I know all of Crawford County is saddened by the death of Dr. Karen S. Wakefield. She was a wonderful asset to the entire county, not only as one of the county’s treasured physicians, but also as a loving wife, mother, and citizen....
Monday, December 12, 2005
Reassessment will hit hard
Editor: This letter is about the reassessment of what I would call scrub land which doesn’t grow good timber, you are not able to farm the land, nor does it have any oil production, nor much pasture land. It is just land that many of us have called home for a number of years.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
What idiot came up with this?
Editor: Here is my current scenario. I live in a rural area. I own a few acres in pasture land and have a couple of horses on it. I make no money from the land. It costs me money each day when I feed my horses...
Monday, November 21, 2005
Put Wal-Mart on the ballot
Editor: The Wal-mart issue seems to be one that matters to a lot of us in Crawford County, and it should matter. If a Wal-mart Supercenter comes to town, there will be both great benefits and consequences...
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Some can compete with Wal-Mart
Editor: I have been following the articles as well as the letters to the editor concerning the new proposed Supercenter that Wal-Mart is evidently planning...
Monday, November 14, 2005
Wal-Mart opposition 'knee-jerk'
Editor: I fully understand the knee-jerk reaction to being adverse to a Super Wal-Mart locating in Crawford County...
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Take a stand on Wal-Mart
Editor: I am dismayed and more than a little surprised that Super Wal-Mart can move in to our community without any input from the community...
Monday, November 7, 2005
State welcoming illegals?
Editor: A P.S. to the letter “join the fight against illegals.” NAFTA-CAFTA-FTAA has doomed our sovereignty! You can’t build a house without walls, we can’t be one nation, under God or not - without borders that are not secured...
Saturday, November 5, 2005
What will it take?
Editor: When is enough enough? About a year ago, our daughter was murdered after allowing a Hispanic illegal alien into her apartment to use the phone...
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
PHS/HHS makes us proud
Editor: I just wanted to comment on our football team. Our PHS/HHS football team has again given us much to be proud of. Our regular season games are now over, Now it’s time for the playoffs!
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Reaction to Lexel closing
Editor: I would like to comment on the local manufacturing plant closing. I believe that everyone is aware of the forces that have hurt American jobs and resulted in plant closings like the one in Hutsonville....
Monday, October 3, 2005
Not giving up on dialysis fight
Editor: I have over 3,000 petition signatures and 35 letters written to DaVita regarding the dialysis unit. Many people helped me get these petitions out to Palestine, Robinson, Flat Rock, Oblong and Hutsonville, and businesses allowed me to place the petitions....
Friday, September 23, 2005
She's lovable, but not yours
Editor: I am writing you in hopes that maybe your readers will read this and help. Maybe the one “responsible” will step up and do the right thing.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Politicians work for us!
Editor: The Daily News recently published several articles about what has happened in our state capitol, the governor and our legislative body, concerning the state budget and other issues.

Thursday, June 9, 2005
Remembering what counts
Editor: As I walked amongst the hundreds of tombstones today, my mind was awhirl with a multitude of thoughts.
Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Student housing proposal has safety issues
Editor: I too was a non-traditional student at LTC. The issues concerning the students living in our neighborhood are not simple or as clear-cut as presented in the letter to the editor (May 10 Daily News).
Thursday, May 19, 2005
VA rules need to be changed
Editor: I am writing in concern for older veterans. In February 1951 I was drafted and spent two years and one day serving in the Army during the Korean War.
Monday, May 16, 2005
Zoning request is inappropriate
Editor: A request for zoning change for property at 501 S. Webster from C-1 (light commercial) to I-2 (medium industrial) has been filed by Clark Pulliam and will be reviewed at the May 2 meeting, time 7 p.m. If granted the property could be used for a crematory or any other medium-industrial uses.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Working to stop teen drinking
Editor: April is national Alcohol Awareness Month and the focus is on underage drinking. Alcohol is the drug most frequently used by high-school seniors, and its use is increasing...
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Tracy 'gave more than he took'
Editor: It was with great sadness that I read of the passing of Byron Tracy, former Robinson Daily News Editor. He was a good and honest man...
Thursday, March 17, 2005
No pressure to pledge
Editor: Recently, students of our school have complained that it resembles a prison. The fact that many teachers pressure students into performing the Pledge of Allegiance certainly does not justify their case...
Tuesday, March 15, 2005

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