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It seems nearly every day now the Effingham County Health Department is reporting new cases of COVID-19. For months, we seemed to be relatively isolated from positive tests of the coronavirus. But people young and old are now testing positive. The seven new cases that local health officials…

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Dear never-Trump Republicans: Would you adopt me? I’m a centrist with left-leaning tendencies. I get along with cats, dogs and most libertarians. But I’m best off in a political home without small children.

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that international students will be prohibited from staying in the United States if they are enrolled in online-only instruction. This includes a shift to online-only classes in response to changes in the status of the pandemic after a semester begins. On Wednesday morning, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology jointly filed a lawsuit seeking temporary and permanent injunctions on behalf of their students.

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The Effingham Park District has kept its recreational finances in the red by just a few cents. That’s a roseworthy accomplishment in these economically difficult times. Effingham Park District Board Treasurer Anita Broom told the board this week that the recreation side of the park district …

In 1785, when the United States was a young nation, after returning from a trip to Europe, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his friend, James Monroe: “My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessing they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had…

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As many of you know, the Illinois State Board of Education shared some guidelines recently about the return to in-person learning for the upcoming school year. Unsurprisingly, most Illinois residents took time to read the whole document, and then discussed the recommendations calmly and with…

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It was certainly roseworthy news this week that signs are pointing to students returning to class in the fall. And roses to the officials from the five Effingham County school districts who met to discuss how that would work. They raised important questions that can’t all be definitively an…

Living in a rural central Illinois town (Toulon, pop. 1,400), I am alert to any forces that might spur relocation to hinterland communities, which are often struggling to maintain population and vitality. Are the pandemic and recent urban, sometimes violent protests such prompts? I conclude …

During this time of year, you might look out your window to see bees and butterflies buzzing around nearby flowers, moving from one plant to the next, pollinating along the way. Many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy in the summer are a result of the important work these insects do.

As the current school year ends in districts across our state, school staff, from teachers and principals to bus drivers and school nurses, have shown to be true heroes for our students and families in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. These truly essential employees have delivered our com…

In a recent column, I averred that the George Floyd death and protests-in-reaction represented a classic case of the powerful “us versus them” syndrome that is baked into the human brain. Racism is a subset of this syndrome.

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Roses, sometimes, are a matter of perspective. The unemployment rate in Illinois fell by 2 percent to 15.2 percent in May, according to the state Department of Employment Security. The drop seems roseworthy, perhaps a sign of better days ahead. But that’s an awful thorny 15.2 percent. Add to…

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In a famous story from the bible, king Solomon was asked by God to name anything he wanted or desired. Solomon thought of the infinite choices that he could ask for but chose only one thing: wisdom. That is what we should be praying for in these turbulent times.

The next time you snack on almonds, add blueberries to your smoothie or eat pumpkin pie, thank a pollinator and thank farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners who work hard to create and maintain their habitat.

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A couple thorny announcements arrived on Friday: First was this press release: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker will issue an Executive Order canceling the Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs this year. The announcement of the cancellations has prompted the Department …

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Glen Carbon, Illinois – As America wrestles with the impact of racism, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois focuses on the solution. Children often learn racism at home. Girl Scouts teaches another perspective: respect for all, inclusivity and equity. Girls of all races experience equal opportun…

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George Floyd’s death at the hands of police seems to illustrate a too often scenario of our culture. Officer Chauvin with an aggressive mindset had no conscience to restrain his power over another individual. The three onlooker officers were of a passive mindset not willing to take a stand; …

Let’s not sugarcoat it. Your last semester in high school has gotten demolished by a global pandemic and it is wickedly unfair. Your graduation is now a drive-thru, your prom is imaginary, and instead of spending your last semester of senior year hanging out with your friends and taking a victory lap, you spent it in your bedroom doing classwork over Zoom and making Tik Tok videos.

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Roses to those who intend to gather in downtown Effingham on Saturday to promote a message of peace and unity. Some demonstrations across the nation have been marred by violence. After speaking this week to local organizers and police, your EDN editor is confident that peace and unity will …

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A few months ago, my beloved country, America, was the envy of the world – strong economy, low unemployment and clear prosperity. It has always been the kindest country. A country with a heart. Our wealth and strength gave us a sense of superiority and invincibility. Things were rosy and ful…

There are 4,000 degree-granting colleges and universities in our nation: community colleges, private liberal arts colleges, regional and urban public universities, and graduate research centers. I have taught within each type; each has its strengths and makes distinctive contributions to society.

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It’s a sad Memorial Day when a virus keeps us from gathering to celebrate those who gave all to defend our rights – among them the right to peaceably assemble. But no virus can keep us from still honoring them in our own way. Please pause this weekend to do that. No one has ever bestowed mo…

Since I live in a small out-of-the way county that has had one reported case of COVID-19, a second recently rumored, I have been hesitant to write about The Big Disruption in our lives. I am obviously not sharing the valiant struggles of nurses and their associates, at the side of infected p…

Each spring when introducing the research paper I ask my sophomores how many of them are biased. Most of them don’t move; a few of them slowly raise their hands; there’s always at least one student who shoots up his hand for attention. After a few moments, I raise my own hand and admit that …

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There is roseworthy news for Jasper County this week: Officials there announced plans to build a $400 million renewable diesel plant that will also implement technology to test and certify a COVID-19-free workplace. As we report on Saturday’s front page, the city and county are partnering w…

The only major, contested issue on the ballot this fall in our Blue State will be whether to enact Gov. JB Pritzker’s proposed constitutional amendment to allow graduated income tax rates. I think the Pritzker approach — not the concept — is wrong-headed. I try to explain here.

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My birth certificate tells me I am in my early 70s. My body tells me I am 105. My mind tells me I am just 18; still inquisitive, still searching and still unsettled.

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Roses to all the mothers out there, inlcuding the four we feature on Saturday’s front page. Your EDN editor’s mother has been gone for a while, now. Roses to you, mom. Your EDN editor’s wife is a fine mother and grandmother. She didn’t want roses. She wanted a bluetooth speaker for her smart…

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As the coronavirus pandemic was sweeping the entire world, the nature of this virus – how it got into humans and how to prevent it or treat it – became the issues discussed everywhere in almost every country. Talking to our families and friends who live in other countries, Elene and I were a…

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Roses to the good work Delbert Delaine Mundt has performed during a seemingly tireless life. The Dieterich man died Thursday at age 91. You can read about his service and accomplishments in an obituary that appears on page A5 of Saturday’s paper. He is perhaps most widely known as the founde…

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) – Illinois, the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN), the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) and the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) submitted an amicus brief Thursday in the legal case challenging Governor Pritzker’s …

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