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Roses to the folks in Altamont that EDN Reporter Charles Mills talked to for a story in Saturday’s paper: It’s been years since the Little Ryman in Altamont was filled with the sounds of music and people. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed any immediate plans to change that, some co…

Perhaps in your own life, if you love books as I do, there is a bookstore that looms like magic in the recesses of your mind, where dreams and daylight meet and the fairytale world of story is an oasis -- particularly now, when you can go nowhere.

Despite imposing one of the highest overall tax burdens in the nation, Illinois lawmakers have left the state poorly prepared to deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

A few years ago, on a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, Elene and I met a couple we knew from Effingham. As we were laughing, all of us said in unison: “It is really a small world.” And it is.

As living under quarantine conditions during this coronavirus pandemic has turned my web surfing into more of an alternative universe than ever, a significant question has been popping into view in recent days:

To every Father I want to offer a word of encouragement, for these are truly times to consider seriously. I pray that each Father sees the opportunity in the current times. There is a lot to consider from a negative perspective. But let us Fathers choose not to become overwhelmed and manipul…

Knowing that everyone is going a bit stir crazy sheltering in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, I have assembled a carefully researched list of extremely smart things you and your family can do to stay healthy, sane and only lightly cannibalistic.

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We have been kind of quarantined for over three years now. Ever since Annaka strolled out of Pittsburgh with her brand new liver back in April of 2017, our family has had to take precautions to keep her exposure to germs seriously limited. At first that meant just about what it means now – s…

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Roses to The Essentials. Like The Avengers and The Justice League, The Essentials are all the heroes working every day to keep us afloat during this time of coronavirus. The Effingham Daily News has been profiling just a few of the hundreds – perhaps thousands – of people across our area who…

Over the last week, COVID-19 has unmasked the faces of our neighbors and ourselves.

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Editor’s Note: Dr. Emily Landon, lead epidemiologist at University of Chicago Medicine, spoke at the press conference on Friday after Gov. JB Pritzker announced the “stay at home” order that takes effect across Illinois Saturday at 5 p.m. Here are her inspiring comments.

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So apparently this was not the season to give up news for Lent. I’ve just been informed that I will need to stay home for at least two weeks. After discussing the issue with my wife, who, with her science background and willingness to avoid the rabbit hole that is mass media in an effort to …

At a recent dinner party, it was wondered why our society appears to be pulling apart. I observed that sometimes unfortunate consequences flow from otherwise benign changes. I illustrated with a “tale of two families,” both known to me in my rural central Illinois setting.

Did the U.S. Supreme Court go too far in its rationale for free speech and press when ruling for the New York Times in a landmark libel case brought by a public official 56 years ago?

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Roses to all those Polar Plungers last week. The 2020 Law Enforcement Torch Run Effingham Polar Plunge raised over $40,000, according to preliminary totals, beating last year’s amount by more than $4,000. Two-hundred-forty-four participants plunged into the chilly waters of Lake Sara on Sat…

On learning Russia had staged a massive disinformation campaign in the 2016 presidential election, schools across the country began adding digital literacy classes to their course offerings.

LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- It happened again this morning. Just after dawn my youngest daughter was whisked away in a yellow bus to spend the day at one of the most socialist institutions on our city: Lockport High School. 

While Sen. Bernie Sanders is now the front-runner in the Democratic presidential primary, there’s still ample confusion over which of the remaining candidates stands the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in November.

The rise of billionaires running for office is dampening the democratic impulse, that is, they threaten to take “by the people” out of government. The threat from those who swirl big money around in campaigns drives others to the sidelines of democracy, unwilling to waste their time in a con…

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What a roseworthy project. Kiwanis Club of Effingham County has started its latest community outreach: the Kiwanis Birthday Party Project. The goal is to let every child celebrate their special day no matter their family’s financial situation. “As a Kiwanis chapter, there are service projec…

For decades, the nation’s media have covered, and amplified, the controversies of rap music, from the hype of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that framed the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s, to last year’s murder of Los Angeles rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

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Farewell roses are in order for EDN senior reporter Dawn Schabbing. Friday was her last day with the newspaper. For nearly five years Dawn has covered the doings at Effingham City Hall, Unit 40 schools, and the Effingham Water Authority. Effingham residents are better citizens because of Da…

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The power afforded to the Father Position is amazing. Unfortunately, I would say that at least 95 percent of fathers have no idea of the power that rest within them. The married fathers that lack knowledge as to what rests within is the reason infidelity has been given opportunity. The lack …

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Thorns of warning: Always monitor who your children are communicating with online. Bond was set Friday for a 29-year-old man who was arrested at Teutopolis High School this week after school officials said they were alerted by students that a fellow student intended to meet him after school…

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s progressive income tax proposal to hike takes by $3 billion a year was barely mentioned in his State of the State address, but voters can expect a full-court press from Democrats in the lead up to the November election.

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Roses to the Toledo organization that is working to make sure there’s one less worry for those who struggle to find food on the weekends. EDN reporter Crystal Reed wrote in Friday’s paper about how some children are unsure what they will eat when Friday comes and there is no school the next…

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Impeaching a president is not an easy matter. That is why only three presidents in the history of our country faced impeachment, but none was removed from office. The constitution created a high bar for removing a sitting president, which is very wise. Removing a sitting president should be …

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