Letter: Gender Discrimination Against Boys

In the recent spate of national and local news concerning women teachers being sexually involved with young make students, a recurring question arises: isn’t there gender “discrimination” in the public’s reactions and in the legal sanctions involved? There’s no question…

West Peoria prepares for Christmas

The West Peoria Residents’ Association is hosting their annual Christmas gathering on December 2, 2007 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Franciscan Center. Join them for an evening of Christmas music, hot chocolate, cookies, hay rack rides, and a…

Love in a manger

Heaven was buzzing with excitement. The time to save the world from sin had finally arrived. Angels gathered from the four corners of the universe at the throne of their Creator to watch the mission commence. “I wonder how He’s…

Thanksgiving

Another Thanksgiving and another self examination and reflection on my life. It was nine years ago Thanksgiving eve that my dear husband, Jack, left this physical life, and changed my life forever after. I think many times of both the…

Precious Memories, How They Linger

When my great grandparents – the Callahans, moved westward from North Carolina, not once did they forsee all the wonderful miseries they were about to enjoy. Finding Ohio somewhat sort of “Eden,” Julius and Martha migrated to the hills of…

Tell-tail signs of Christmas

Even though it doesn’t seem that Christmas should be around the corner, all the tell-tale signs are there. Traffic patterns have been adjusted. Lines are longer at eating establishments. And, parking lots are replete with the sights, sounds and smells…

Consequences of driving drunk in Illinois

With the holiday season fast approaching, there will be lots of opportunities to attend parties that offer alcoholic beverages. Many partygoers who decide to drink may then decide to drive a car afterwards, even though it is no secret that…

Results of Clean River Committee Sampling Study

The City of Peoria’s Clean River Committee recently released sampling results from their River Study. The city is trying to develop a long-term plan to control sewer overflows and to protect the Illinois River. The study revealed that sewer overflows…

Airport agreement a win-win deal

When I was on the Peoria County Board everyone agreed that it was very important to develop and maintain positive intergovernmental relationships. Matter of fact, it was an annual goal. The recent agreement for the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department to…

Call of the wild

n spite of the deluge, our twenty plus year old tent held up fairly well. Never mind that there were little drips of water occasionally making their way onto our sleeping bags. For the previous two days we could hardly…

Inside out

Welcome to the penultimate month of a year that slipped right through our grasp! Thankfully, November ushers in a time of gathering and feasting on the fruit of our labor – a time when joy and cheer are, at the…

Don’t Forget to Say Thank You!

According to my younger sources, phone books and dictionaries are passé. Information they provide is now checked online. I refute that claim, realizing no matter how eloquent my argument, it can’t be proven true or false. To explain further, “younger”…

West Peorians can make a difference

The West Peoria Jamboree Race is back and needs Y-O-U. In order to give the race a running start, volunteers are needed to help coordinate and organize the event. If you would like to be part of 2008’s exciting return…

Don’t ignore the livers and hearts

Plastic Frisbees hadn’t yet made their debut (leastways we hadn’t seen any), so Eddie and I would sail cow chips across the meadow and through the woods. Sometimes the neighbors’ old sooner dog would run and try to catch them.…