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Rural America needs farmers … and farm program reform

Thanks to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, both the Senate and House versions of
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Prison about passing time, not rehabilitation

With regard to prison reform, you first need to look into the past to see what took place that would
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Resolve to be a part of the solution

We constantly hear about the deep political divide among Americans. While it is true that we are deeply divided on
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Group Hope appreciation

Ever since we began in 2003, thanks to all of us who have attended Group Hope support meetings for depression
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Crusader Community Health Foundation says thanks

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Editor and Publisher Frank Schier. Dear Mr. Schier, We simply can’t thank you enough
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‘Gun-free’ zones protect only criminals

Dec. 15, two carjackers stole an SUV at a New Jersey mall, killing the driver while his wife helplessly watched.
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Condemn it or fix it

On West State Street, there’s a blue two-story home that once was a grand place to live, but now it’s
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DeKalb County Community Gardens needs your support

I know we all get many end-of-the-year appeals for donations. However, I really believe in the work of this organization
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Well, Virginia, there IS a Santy Claus!

Stephenson County has read the U.S. Constitution and voted to support it! This is how local government is supposed to work,
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No more tax increases!

Majority leader [Sen.] Harry Reid is delusional. His latest sputtering outrage is that a budget bargain will not be struck
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Santa cancels Christmas

Santa may have to cancel Christmas this year because of ObamaCare. You see, Santa had more than 50 elves working for
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Unions’ wounds are self-inflicted

I have heard a lot of grumbling lately from retired teachers and other state union people about the inequity of
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Inflation is greed

1. I remember when I was about 10 years old and how my dad was complaining about the price of
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Militarizing the border not the answer

Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to the Oct. 23-29 guest column “Immigration Reform Bill all ‘smoke and
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Forest fires

Every year, this country is ravaged by wildfires that we have not figured out how to extinguish. You would figure
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The real reason to hunt predators

I’d like an opportunity to respond to comments I’m hearing regarding the killing of a cougar in Whiteside County, along
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Be proactive in protecting your ash trees

I’ve known that the emerald ash borer was in the New Milford area, but had procrastinated on getting quotes to
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End the cuts to federal court funding

Our federal courts are quickly finding it difficult to carry out their duties and responsibilities as set forth in the
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Democrats deserve blame for shutdown

Why do the Republicans get most of the blame for the government shutdown when they offered a plan to keep
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Thanks for coverage of Alpaca Farm Days

Just wanted to drop a note to thank you for the wonderful write up (“Alpaca Farm Days: Willow Glen Farm
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New schedule for Northern IL Tea Party

I still love the Tea Party, but I have quit it. Northern IL Tea Party has been part of the
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School column shows inconsistencies

Perhaps I am out of touch with what is common knowledge among Rockfordians. However, I read this column twice (“Tolerating
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Representation in 16th District

We need to send David Hale to Congress. For the last five years, David has been fighting for you. From the issue
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Support Rockford Art Museum’s Year-End Drive

As Rockford Art Museum moves forward into our second century, your support of our annual Year-End Drive will honor the
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School administrators should be paid based on student progress

Because we have already turned over the school boards and superintendents so often the last 10-plus years, new tactics must
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Become a CASA volunteer

As the president of the CASA board, I would like to urge the citizens of Ogle County to consider becoming
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Benefits of the sun

The sun is not your enemy! The chemicals that make up the sun are (in part) hydrogen, carbon and oxygen.
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Time for pension reform was long ago

Taxpayers should be watching with great interest the ongoing work of the special committee of the Illinois General Assembly wrestling
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October is Pastor Appreciation Month

October is a time to celebrate so many things … harvest, the coming of fall and October is also Pastor
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Auburn/Main roundabout issues

Approaching the Main/Auburn roundabout, a yield sign gives you safety advice as you navigate through it. The sign needs to
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Obamacare fails to live up to promises

As early as 2009, people who had a basic understanding of concepts like “insurance” and “mandatory coverages” began sounding the
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Plote’s permit challenged

In 2005, Plote Construction sued Boone County to force the county to allow them to start a quarry on land
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Sacia gets in a few last licks

Just when you thought you couldn’t beat a dead horse, the now former Illinois Representative of the 89th District, Jim
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National Manufacturing Day is Oct. 4

Oct. 4 is National Manufacturing Day. And in Illinois, we are recognizing manufacturing throughout the whole month. And we should.
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Help support Alzheimer’s research

As the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter’s volunteer ambassador for the 17th Congressional District, I would like to share some very
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Thanks to Oregon Area Rock River Sweep supporters

On behalf of the Oregon Area Rock River Sweep Planning Committee, we would like to thank all the sponsors and
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Letter to Mayor Morrissey from Victory Bell

Editor’s note: The following is a letter sent to Mayor Larry Morrissey from Victory Bell, retired alderman and current CAA
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County lawsuits need prevention, not settlements

After reading the article by Mr. Haas in the Rockford Register Star paper, I was left with a thought to
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NO to Syria strike

I supported the invasion of Iraq. Remember Saddam gassing the Kurds? Then, after our tremendous investment in lives and money,
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Don’t spoil a good situation in Syria

Several happenings point to the rebels in Syria as the ones responsible for the use of chemical weapons. Assad was
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Government’s e-mail intrusion ‘disgusting’

Editor’s note: The following letter was e-mailed to columnist Paul Gorski in response to his Aug. 21-27 Tech-Friendly column, “Google
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Keystone XL and the Oil Mud

This publication published a response from TransCanada’s Manager of External Communications James Millar about their Keystone XL project (Aug. 21-27
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Kinzinger can’t undo decades of damage by progressives

Nancy Churchill, in an open letter (Aug. 21-27 issue) to U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., requests that the U.S. Rep.
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Media show bias in killings by ‘children’

After going through a year of racist comment from the black left on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman fiasco, including several
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The people’s betrayal

The noted abuse by the IRS against the Tea Party is not the only example of such abuse to suppress
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Appreciation for wildlife rehabbers

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of meeting a wildlife rehabber after we discovered an abandoned baby rabbit.
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Don’t start a war with Syria!

Who wins if our leaders once again take our nation off to war? The rebels who have sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda
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Thanks to ‘Raise the Roof’ volunteers

Editor’s note: The following letter is in reference to the Saturday, Aug. 24, “Raise the Roof: A Party on Historic
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Gun control laws don’t work

Sirs, we need outlaw control, and start with life sentences for crimes with guns or knives. No exceptions. Gun laws
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Putting the cart before the horse

West State Street has been torn up too long, and I ask why isn’t our Mayor Larry Morrissey keeping it
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