Nov. 18 – Nov. 22 is National Education Week. The members of The American Legion Auxiliary Liberty Unit 289 of Strasburg want to say THANK YOU and encourage members of the community to also say THANK YOU to the teachers, teacher aides, janitors, secretaries, bus drivers, cooks, and administr…

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Healthcare is a top issue for most voters. Even with copays, prescriptions & doctor’s visits are often budget-busters. The numbers of uninsured are rising again for the first time since the Affordable Care Act. One-third of all bankruptcies involve medical bills. While healthcare is a ba…

My recycling efforts began 10 years ago. At that time, numerous recycling drop off locations existed in the surrounding areas. Locations have steadily declined in the years since that time. My thoughts on the decline of collection locations:

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National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 20-26. An estimated six teens die in motor vehicle crashes each day according to the Center for Disease Control. Hundreds more are injured.

President Trump should not have pulled U.S. troops out of Syria. Not only are the Kurds being massacred by Turkish forces, but ISIS prisoners are also escaping. This is the very same terrorist group that is bent on wreaking havoc on the U.S. and our allies.

Regarding the local column in the EDN on Aug. 13 by Dr. James Wright ("We must begin to love our neighbor," A4.) He writes mostly of the love of God. But let us not overlook the fact that God is the God of Love, but also the God of Wrath.

It used to be folks would be proud to say they lived in Illinois. What’s not to love – beautiful farms, busy factories, dynamic small towns, eye-popping Chicago, the lakefront, museums and boat harbors. But things are different now. Forty years of Big City Democrats dominating our lawmaking …

I am writing in response to the front-page article in the Aug. 6 EDN about gas taxes. The writer, from the Center Square, not a local news source, warns of great turmoil in Illinois with drivers flocking to neighboring states to buy their gasoline. Nowhere in the article is the price of gas …

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Can you imagine this? My friend is a pyromaniac. He loves a good campfire. Sometimes we have 8 foot chimney logs. Adding copper and rubber to the fire adds so many magnetic colors. Wow, the energy and colored light from the fire is contagious. Can you see the golden, orange flames? What abou…

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In a recent article in the EDN about separating Chicago from the rest of Illinois, Kevin Colburn, a Sangamon County resident, finished his discussion with his view on gun sanctuaries. ("Halbrook discusses separating Chicago; Local gun-rights ordinances also among topics," July 16, 2019, page…

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As I read what Dr. Nash Naam wrote to the editor ("Should we go back to where we came from?" July 17, 2019) and what Jack Schultz wrote ("America is great because we are a melting pot," July 22, 2019) I wonder: Did they really read the tweet that President Trump wrote? This is what President…

The marijuana law includes an exemption to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act ban on indoor smoking, and lets cities decide whether to allow on-site marijuana use at bars, restaurants, and cannabis smoking lounges, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

All we hear now days is a cry for gun control and more gun laws from all our liberal citizens. We believe the real reason for all the horrible loss of life in so many of our schools and across America isn't the guns that cause it, its’s what's in people's hearts and minds today that cause th…

Someday it will be our call, your work on earth is done, or the rapture comes are you ready to go? We all know it is coming, we don't know when. Some may get sick, and say you've got time to get ready to die. But others die in all kind of ways. The big thing, are you ready to die? Will you s…

In 2019, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is celebrating 35 years of serving as Illinois’ premier nonprofit watchdog for utility customers. We’ve helped save Illinoisans more than $20 billion over the years. In honor of our anniversary, here are some of CUB’s summer Dos and Don’ts.

A tribute to Sarah Ruholl-Sehy and her team of volunteers! The line was long at the EPC on Saturday morning, but it was worth it. As the line of cars snaked along, we could see that Effingham does indeed want to recycle. We could see that people were patient as they waited their turn. At lea…

I have just read the details of some of the new taxes and costs to buy and license and drive cars implemented in Illinois. The impact they will have on downstate middle to moderate income families will he devastating. Do they even know, or care, how things work in small towns in Illinois?

The Fourth of July holiday is approaching fast. Independence Day is a time to celebrate, reflect on freedom and of course enjoy fireworks. Federal, state and local laws and ordinances restrict – and often prohibit the use of fireworks. Despite these limitations, hospitals treat thousands of …

The sun was rising over the horizon as we stood in the overlook. Fog hovering all the trees, silhouetted through the vast tree tops. It looked like a painted picture of greens, greys and blues. The sun was hidden behind some vast clouds. Each of the crevices looked to be filled with smoke. F…

A whirlwind end to a historic legislative session has resulted in two important pieces of good news for Illinois trucking companies: a new capital bill to fix our infrastructure, and the end of a misguided truck fee that only added to the work we have to do to address our roads and bridges.

The weather still was quite cold outside when we noticed some pregnant mares online. Two years ago we started the process to birth a foal (baby horse). To no avail we were not successful. On this particular day it was snowing, we purchased a young mare heavily in foal. Just before we could p…

I have read the two articles in the paper regarding the request of the Tipsword family. ("Remembering Effingham County residents killed at Pearl Harbor," Page A1, May 24, 2019 and "County eyes policy for honorary road signs," Page A1, May 15, 2019.) If what I am reading is correct, Mr. Keith…

State Representative Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) says the action this week in the Illinois House approving a so-called “FOID Card FIX,” will make the cost of owning a firearm more expensive and a more difficult enterprise for honest citizens to do. Senate Bill 1966 increases the cost of …

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Recently articles have been published about the recycling efforts in the area. ("Tighter restrictions cause recycling headaches," Page A1, May 25, 2019.) Because the Centenary United Methodist Church has drastically curtailed their recycling program and no longer accepts paper, it was sugges…

It has become very much apparent that the liberal Democrats in Washington are not satisfied with the outcome of the Russia investigation that was conducted by special council Robert Mueller. His findings were that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. And according to…

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