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The death of the Minneapolis Salvation Army security guard George Floyd was unfortunate and has sparked outrage in America. People have been protesting, looting, fighting with police and even set St. John's Episcopal Church on fire in Washington DC. And in Buffalo New York two officers of the law were hit by an SUV during a protest.

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l’d like to address the view stated in an editorial in last week’s Effingham Daily News about the separation of church and state. (“Our View: Decision on removal of cross from mural deserved public discussion,” May 27. 2020.)

Regarding the blotting out of the cross in Effingham: Some city leaders are pulling away from God. In these trying times, we need to draw closer to God. Whose name will be blotted out of the Lamb's Book of Life? Psalms 69:28 "Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be writ…

In the article, “City modifies mural to avoid legal issues” dated Friday, May 22, 2020, our cowardly city officials (Mayor Mike Schutzbach, Commissioner Hank Stephens, Commissioner Larry Micenheimer, Commissioner Merv Gillenwater, Commissioner Libby Moeller) “quietly removed the image” (a cr…

The City does not have any artistic objection to the design or content of the mural. Nor does it take issue with the characterization of the Cross at the Crossroads as a symbol of the city and a strong representation of our town and culture. Most importantly, we agree that it represents priv…

In reference to last week's AP report that Senate Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Illinois declare bankruptcy, both U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus have told me in past years they are not interested in this because no one elese was suggesting it.

In 2017, Illinois passed historic school funding reform and made a commitment to fully fund our schools, promising in statute to put a minimum of $350 million into the new formula every year for 10 years. Our goal – getting every district to 90 percent funding by 2027.

Darren Duncan is a seventh-generation farmer and father of four who is disgusted with politicians in Washington more concerned about getting rich off their office or winning an election than by serving the people they represent.

The following represents a Senate Bill currently being considered in Illinois. This Bill epitomizes the adage that elections have consequences. When a single political Party has unfettered control, the birth of opportunistic Zealots is soon to follow. The very first bulleted item quite succi…

The new Congressman for the Effingham area will realistically be decided by the primary election on March 17. I hope you don't base your vote on who you see the most TV ads or signs for, I encourage you to put some thought into who the best candidate is.

Please take time to vote in the upcoming Effingham County primary election on March 17. As in the last election, the extremely important position of Effingham County Coroner will be voted on. It is very important that the best, capable and experienced person be elected to that office. That is t…

In view of her pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-conservative stand, the Effingham Area Tea Party endorses Mary Miller for U.S. Congress. Mary is running on the Republican ticket for the 15th District seat being vacated by John Shimkus.

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