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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…

The other day I received a Facts Card from Pro-Life Across America. It states LIfe Begins at Conception and over 1.3 million surgical abortions occur each year. Less than 4 percent are for reasons of rape. Over 4,000 babies are killed each day by abortion. Abortion is legal through all nine …

I have a few questions about the Jefferson Avenue renovation project to accomodate outdoor dining. What and where are the results of the parking survey taken of downtown merchants views on this survey as it affects parking spaces that would be lost? How many total spaces would be lost? Did r…

In a little family restaurant on the border of Utah and Arizona the walls are lined with autographed pictures of all the old western stars and race car drivers back to the 1950s. These were the heroes of kids when we were young — heroes who set moral examples for us to follow. There was no s…

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I read the article titled "More 'heartbeat' abortion bans advancing in the South, Midwest." (Monday, May 13, 2019, page A6.) It's about time you had articles like this. You've got to remember that a lot of your readers are Pro-Life.

There is a group of us that have asked the Effingham County Board to designate County Road 25 from the junction of County Road 6 south to the Moccasin Township line, "The Keith Tipsword Memorial Road." We are not asking them to change the official road.

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Why are we going to let the new Effingham chief of police live in Altamont? All department heads are supposed to live in Effingham city limits. According to ordinance 028-2019, that took effect on Monday, May 13, our new council and mayor are playing favorites and changing the game. Who want…

Leaders in the construction industry have spent decades working to identify, implement and fine-tune jobsite safety practices. Construction Safety Week, May 6-10, is a recognition of that progress, but also a national, industry-wide call to action to promote safety best practices and the imp…

This letter is to express my disappointment and frustration with some disrespectful individuals in the Effingham area as they visit the Watson and Montrose cemeteries to steal from the graves of veterans buried there. In the past three years they have stolen seveal flags signifying military,…

At the recent Effingham Area Tea Party meeting at Culvers, members and guests were presented with Trump-Pence t-shirts from the 501c(4) group Eyes Right Open. THis new group is focused on protecting the ideals of American exceptionalism, the constitution, and limited government. Tea Party me…

I encourage everyone to see the movie "Unplanned," even though it is very difficult to witness what is really happening at the hands of the abortion industry. It is obvious that while the precious babies being brutally murdered are clearly the casualties of this war, the mothers who are bein…

Effingham City Police Officer Danny Lake announced his retirement recently. I wish to thank him first for his distinguished military service to our country and second for choosing to serve and protect we citizens of Effingham as a city police officer. Officer Lake and his canine partner Kilo…

Serious readers of Illinois newspapers will have seen or read recent articles about Illinois townships. Two townships in the state, Evanston and Belleville, have been dissolved within the past three years. State Rep. David McSweeney is currently working to end township government, via refere…

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David Andrews Sr. 86, of Jewett, IL passed away at 10:00 AM on September 13, 2019 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL. Memorial services will be at a later date. The Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup is assisting the family. David was born on July 2, 1933 in Tyler, TX the son …