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Today's Opinions

  • Meaningful ways to help those in need

     Even in ordinary times, it’s important for those who have plenty to share with those who don’t have the resources to meet their basic needs. Helping others is our highest calling in life.
    However, these are not ordinary times. The nation is clawing its way back from the worst recession in a generation, unemployment remains sky high, and there are more people than usual struggling to make ends meet. Many people who never dreamed they would ever need to ask for help are now having to do just that.

  • IL Fire Protection District is really a $350,000 tax increase

    Let me begin by expressing my enormous respect for volunteer fire departments and the people who man them.
    Firefighting is, by its nature, a  part-time occupation in that the amount of time spent actually fighting fires is far less than full time and there is a limit to how much time can be spent on equipment maintenance and training. The people who volunteer their time to serve as firefighters deserve our utmost respect and support.

  • A Thanksgiving Day cooking fiasco to forget

    Ah yes, Thanksgiving Day is here and for many of us it will be our annual rite of family, football and daylong feasting.

  • Take time to ponder meaning of holiday

    For many of us, celebrating Thanksgiving conjures up visions of pseudo-Pilgrims and early Indians dressed in period garb created from the best construction paper first- and second-graders could find.
    Cutouts of turkeys, pumpkins and cornucopias hanging from classroom ceilings added to the festive spirit.

  • Writer disappointed with new Roy Hardin park

    I would like to comment on what is to be the new Roy Hardin Park. The new one replaces the old park  that was off Collins Road.
    The new park opened last weekend. It was a big dissappointment. The walking trail is very short compared to the old one. When summer comes, the playground will be in complete sun.
    From what I had read, the new park was to be an improvement over the former one. The former park had uneven trails and steep hills but it had a pond.
    I was hoping to enjoy this park but can see that it will be useless because of the limited trail.

  • Blackmon-Brace grateful for supporters

    I awoke on Nov. 15 at 3 a.m. to a peace that passes all understanding and I had to say thank you Lord, you have been so good to me.
    I would like to express my gratitude to the 927 people who cast a vote for Linda Blackmon-Brace for mayor of the city of Lancaster.

  • Blackmon-Brace grateful for supporters

    I awoke on Nov. 15 at 3 a.m. to a peace that passes all understanding and I had to say thank you Lord, you have been so good to me.
    I would like to express my gratitude to the 927 people who cast a vote for Linda Blackmon-Brace for mayor of the city of Lancaster.

  • Volunteers reason for Boo FunFest success

    On Oct. 30, the city of Lancaster hosted its annual Boo FunFest in historic downtown Lancaster. City Hall parking lot became a place where the children of Lancaster could gather for an evening of games and treats without the tricks.
    From 4-7 p.m., children of all ages filled the streets to enjoy free popcorn, punch and games. What originally began as a safe Halloween alternative for children to trick-or-treat, Boo FunFest has grown to become an annual Halloween destination for families throughout Lancaster. More than 3,000 people attended this year’s event.