Help for smnall business owners

Where can people go to learn about area small business owners? Where can small business owners meet potential new customers and network with other small business owners? Where can small business owners go to learn more skills about successfully running…

Eight-hour day is gone but not forgotten

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, but one of its key provisions is increasingly ignored, hurting working Americans and U.S. society. The last major piece of New Deal legislation, that law guaranteed a minimum…

Taking a sedimental journey

What do an asteroid, a giant volcano, and an electric hair dryer have in common? Each can be associated with cataclysmic events in Earth’s history that mark the end or beginning of significant stages in evolution or planetary development. At…

March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time to celebrate the accomplishments and feats of all women before us, of all current women and of all women of the future. It’s also a time for us to take an inventory…

The power of fear

Their journey was long and treacherous. The four travelers were exhausted and frazzled, entering the castle with anticipation. Finally they had arrived. Here in this place was the answer they sought – so they hoped. Each one came for a…

Priorities in our lives

She tells me why being a priority to people she loves is very important to her. We discuss how even among the busiest people, and isn’t everyone busy these days, it’s hoped they’ll find time to make us a priority…

West Peoria News for March

The City of West Peoria is having a “Community Night” with the Peoria Rivermen Hockey team at the Peoria Civic Center Sunday, March 9. There is a “Fun on the Run Family Fun” event from 2:00 -3:00 p.m. Enjoy $1…

Musings in March

Each month I start thinking about what to write about, and end up pretty much just relating the things that have happened during the last month. However, I am not doing any traveling right now and do not have anything…

Remembering Lincoln school

During WWII, I guess those back home didn’t give a hoot. I can’t believe they did that. They toppled my old schoolhouse. Lincoln school had a whole block to itself. Now some urban developer has obliterated history and replaced it…

No need to wait for spring

The frigid temperatures are surely not a harbinger of spring, yet we know that the warmer weather and gardening is closer each day. Yet, we need not wait for the outside flowers to paint our mind’s canvass. David Robson, Extension…

Primary Colors: Who’s Running for Congress?

By Sara Browning The race is on as Republican candidates for the United States Congress finish up last-minute campaigning and buckle down for the Republican Primary. The announcement of Ray Lahood’s retirement opened up a seat in the United States…

Education & Awareness of Cardiovascular Disease

February is the month of hearts: candy hearts, valentine hearts, broken hearts. Perhaps this year, people should start to think about their own hearts. February is American Heart Month, an entire month devoted to education and awareness about the dangers…

Letters with Love

When Richard (Dick) Ingram began writing letters to his wife Doris in the ‘50’s, inaugurating a tradition was not his intention. His motivation was more basic. He needed an economical way to maintain contact with her while serving in the…

Crazy politics

Political campaigns always seem to bring out crazy things and even crazy people. I don’t mean crazy in the sense of mental instability, but crazy as in bizarre or weird. Remember Ross Perot and Admiral Stockdale? Then there was the…

Progressives getting more active politically

It was 40 years ago when progressive Americans started to believe that they could change politics, but the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the ostracism of Gene McCarthy and the “coronation” of centrist Hubert H. Humphrey showed that progressives shouldn’t…

To Be Ignored by a Merganser

It turned out to be a very snowy game, making the stadium seem like one of those glass balls you shake and watch the “snow” come down covering whatever is in the globe… which in this case was over 72…