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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.

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