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The Legislature took an important step last week in voting to toughen penalties for state and local officials who violate a key government transparency tool, Iowa’s open meetings law. …

His final spring practice in his first year as Western Illinois’ head football coach was barely completed on Friday night before Joe Davis was already talking about going shopping. The spring …

I've heard it said that “All wealth comes from the soil.”  Sitting in my recliner in our living room (my favorite place in the house), looking through the picture window at the …

It was a crazy past week. Most of the time I like a message in my Sunday nonsense and this week I thought about talking about student loan debt and President Joe Biden’s never-ending attempts …

Saigon, now officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, has a metropolitan population of 12 million people, with six-to-seven million motor bikes, and few-and-far-between traffic lights.  You won't …

The moon budged in front of the sun last week for the first time in about six years. It won’t happen again for another 20. As I drove around north Lee County looking for kids and adults alike …

Dear Editor, At our regularly scheduled March board meeting, the Central Lee Board of Education approved two significant facility projects to begin this summer. These projects, including a …

I spent a few days in the Ozarks this past week trying to shake off the winter blahs. It was cold enough for the first three days that the chill in my bones stayed in place. It took morning coffee, …

I have a little muscle memory left for tennis. I’ve enjoyed tennis since I was a kid. I didn’t play in high school because we didn’t have it. I might have played had we offered it. …

(With the indulgence of our readership and a nod to the mental health of our communities, today’s Beside the Point has been offered to Dr. Mike Maher of Counseling Associates, Inc,  Mike …

What were they thinking? That is a question I ask myself a lot lately. Those were the first words out of my mouth when the Manhattan district attorney had to postpone Donald Trump’s New York …

The year was 1984.  People were wondering if George Orwell's predictions for the year would come true; in basketball socks were up to the knees and shorts were nowhere near them; and Mt. …

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