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Letter to the Editor: For me Rockford is home

For me Rockford is home. Not that I always like it here or that I agree with its politics, planning or otherwise lofty ideas. It's home because I was raised here and my family is here and so this is, home. Living for a time in Houston in…

Letter to the Editor: Save now, pay later

"Save now. Pay later." is an expression that we hear constantly and it could not be truer than in the fight for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The most recent information indicates that 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that the…

Letter: Don’t frack the land we love

The oil and gas industry has set its sights on our national forests and land just outside our national parks for fracking. Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park, New Mexico's Otero Mesa and Chaco Canyon and even land near the Delaware…

Letter: Rock River Sweep a success again

To all the people who turned out Saturday to help clean up the river, a big thank you. You were an important part of the whole effort, and together with volunteers in South Beloit, Roscoe, Machesney Park, Loves Park, Rockford, Byron and…

Letter: Rauner’s tale of 2 women

This week we saw two headlines that sadly sum up exactly how Bruce Rauner operates, and what he has in store for vulnerable populations in Illinois. First, you had news that Linda Saterfield, the longest-serving administrator of a state…

Letter: Rauner needs to act on marijuana bill

As a practicing physician for over 25 years, I have witnessed many patients forced to unlawfully use cannabis after all other medical options failed to help them with their pain and symptoms.  As a specialist in internal medicine, hospice…

CAFOs in the Rock River Basin

From the Lake Sinissippi Improvement District A concentrated (or confined) animal feeding operation (CAFO) is a large-scale industrial agricultural facility that raises livestock at higher densities than traditional pasture operations…

Willow Creek left in the dust by development

We live on Baldwin Drive in Machesney Park about a quarter mile from where Willow Creek runs into the Rock River. Willow Creek is the back boundary of our property. Since moving here three years ago, we noticed the creek inexplicably dries…

Letter: AP courses do not replace Running Start

From Allison and Jeffrey Wang Using the percent of students taking AP tests to evaluate our high schools is a flawed methodology. As one of their criteria, Newsweek uses the number of 12th-grade students who took at least one AP or IB…

Letter to the Editor: The Arc says ‘Thanks!’

When people hear about The Arc, most think it is an organization that rescues animals, such as Noah’s Ark. However, The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)…

Letter: Rauner must veto bobcat bill

From Wayne Parcell President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States It was an embarrassing day for rational and enlightened debate when, on the final day of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill to open a trophy…

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