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Thank you for your service

We honor not those who paid the ultimate price, but stop and show gratitude to ALL those who served, living and dead. We acknowledge the truth that “Freedom is not Free,” and pause with gratitude, with respect. While all are worthy of our efforts, this year I propose a long overdue expression for one special group - the Vietnam Veteran.

Last Dance for Tom Petty

Tom Petty dying was like losing a family member, or a very dear, close friend.

E Pluribus Unum

“From many, One.” I wonder, with the lack of civics training in public schools, how many citizens actually can state and more importantly, translate the phrase. I would think the numbers are small, indeed, very small.

For one day, be an American

It would be so pleasant to see instead the veils of partisan rancor drop, if just for one day. It would be so encouraging to see that for just one day, the delusional blame game with the Russians be temporarily set aside. It would be so beneficial to our Nation, that for just one day, these crybabies would no longer be Democrats, no longer be Liberals, but Americans instead.

It's a Wonderful County!

Sitting on the bar stool at the Stagger Inn, he reviewed the past year not with any sense of holiday cheer, but with despair and doom–a clear and unmistakable feeling of foreboding for the future.

You can't handle the truth!

Clinton lost because she was conceited, condescending and crooked. Case closed.

Wimps, whiners and wussies

Imagine if you will, that someone - anyone - was involved in a very bad accident on November 6, two days before the election.

Trump can...must win

It is neither an exaggeration nor an original thought to say the 2016 Presidential election has been one for the books.

Gambling in Casablanca

The 1943 classic movie “Casablanca” is always on the 10 Best movies of all times, loaded as it is with memorable characters and lines.

Barack Hussein Trump

With the first Presidential debate competed and the second looming on Sunday it is good to reflect and analyze the state of Campaign 2016.

What difference does it make?

As Shakespeare once wrote, "The evil men lives on after them, but the good is oft interred with their bones." Such will it be so with Madame Clinton.

Rest in peace, champion of the forgotten

With the Oscar nominations being announced today, it seems only fitting that the first column of 2016 deals with subject matter that gave rise to an award winning performance.

It's a Wonderful County

Hope born of the realization that despite all the negative publicity, it really was a Wonderful County, and the power to change the current course of events comes from within–within him and all who think alike. He finally felt a sense of Holiday Peace. He headed out – not to the office, but home to his family…

Lest we forget

Francis Ford Coppola, Oscar winning director and screenwriter and wine maker extraordinaire, had a less than successful yet very good film in 1987 with “Gardens of Stone.” Dealing with the Old Guard, the Army unit assigned to the ceremonial duties at Arlington National cemetery, the story centers on a back story to the Vietnam conflict, the tension between preserving the living at all costs and honoring the dead for their payment of the “last full measure of devotion.” A good picture,

The purpose of the First Amendment

Demanding impartial reporting as opposed to cheerleading requires effort; it requires commitment; it requires dedication. In the final analysis, the document that begins “We the People,” must be enforced BY the people. It may be painful, but worth the struggle.

Let’s let Boys ... become Men

Since the dawn of time, tracing back to Adam’s involuntary donation of a rib, the relationship between the sexes has been the source of much consternation.

Choosing the next associate: 'Do the Right Thing'

(Editor's note: This commentary written by Alton attorney John J.

It's a Wonderful County

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Hands Up...Don't Think

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Barack Milhous Obama

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