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April 2, 2020

Abuse reporting balances public's, victims' interests
The story on the front page of today's Daily News about a mother who says her four-year-old daughter was a victim of sexual assault is one we would rather not publish - and that you would probably rather not read.
Thursday, July 12, 2007

Palestine's the model for a town honoring a hero
It's not something a community would ever want to get good at, but Palestine was at its best this week as it commemorated the tragic death of Pfc. Jacob Tracy.
Friday, June 29, 2007

Benefits of school music go beyond the band room
With schools everywhere faced with tough budget decisions and continually forced to do more with less, it's encouraging to see music returning to Palestine High School.
Friday, May 18, 2007

Work will smooth crossings, city-rail relationships
While enjoying the economic benefits, cities have had an uneasy relationship with railroads ever since the Iron Horse first puffed its way into town.
Thursday, May 3, 2007

Don't forget the Extension issue in Tuesday's vote
No one likes to see their taxes raised, even a little bit. But the referendum seeking to continue local support for University of Illinois Extension programs in Crawford County is long overdue.
Friday, April 13, 2007

Taxes may need to go up, but this idea really stinks
This may be the year the General Assembly steps up to do something about Illinois' fiscal mess.

Even Rep. Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville), a staunch opponent of tax increases and a strongly pro-business legislator, acknowledged in his newspaper column Monday that the state is going to have to do something just to fund the programs created in the past several years, much less pay for new initiatives like universal health care and school construction.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Ambulance service future is at stake
Emergency medical personnel sometimes must make life-and-death decisions. On Tuesday, Crawford County voters will do the same.
Monday, November 6, 2006

A partnership waiting to happen
While few people argue with Lincoln Trail College's importance to Crawford County, there have been those over the years who have complained that the "college in a cornfield" has too few ties to the communities it serves, geographically and otherwise.
Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tourism job just got a lot harder
While it may not have been the intent, the City of Robinson has completed what some would call a "hostile takeover" of the Crawford County Tourism Council.
Thursday, June 29, 2006

City park, downtown projects both needed
The City of Robinson is to be commended for moving ahead on a much-needed project - replacing the aging Shrine Shelter at the City Park.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Naming gym for Doc Elliott a "no brainer"
Dr. Michael Elliott was the kind of guy in whose vocabulary "no-brainer" was probably a well-used term.
Monday, February 27, 2006

Lessons from a life of service
It’s been said that in our high-tech, online world we’re losing sight of what it means to be part of a local community, and to serve that community. But those who want a refresher course in community service would do well to take a look at the life of Dr. Michael Elliott.
Thursday, January 19, 2006

Con-con for school reform?
Desperate times call for desperate measures: That seems to be the motivation behind the Illinois Association of School Boards’ push for a constitutional convention that would change the way Illinois funds its schools.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005

New life for a 'treasure'
It’s fitting that Crawford County’s historical treasures will now be housed in a building that’s also a historical treasure.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Cleaning up city on the cheap
For now, the city of Robinson is pursuing a “low-budget” method for dealing with owners of derelict properties — issuing tickets that amount to $96 per citation (including court costs) Will it work? We hope so, but it might not be wise to bet more than, say, $96 on it.
Friday, October 28, 2005

Preservation progress
Besides the crisp fall weather, something else that’s lifting spirits lately is to see progress finally being made on restoring the former Heath Confectionery building on the west side of the Robinson square.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Eyesores not going away
Behold the power of the press. Back in November 2004, a Daily News editorial praised the city of Robinson for its program of aggressively pursuing derelict properties through condemnation...
Monday, August 15, 2005

Rockin Robinson
The folks at the Crawford County Tourism Council probably never thought one of Robinson’s prime tourist attractions would be a kind of Jurassic Park for rock n’ roll dinosaurs
Friday, June 3, 2005

Proposed fuel tax would be serious mistake
What was he thinking? Or was he thinking? We can only hope that the tax proposed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich on fuel exported to other states dies a quick and obscure death.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Having fun here at home
Thought we would let Chuck and Judy Schiller of Robinson kick off today’s editorial — their comments arrived in our office this morning via Daily News Online Feedback:
Monday, April 11, 2005

Agony can be avoided
After the obscene spectacle of politicians hijacking the personal tragedy of Terri Schiavo for their personal gain, it’s oddly appropriate that the best comment to come out of the whole mess should come from a politician.
Tuesday, April 5, 2005

HHS students set example
For high-school students, copying someone else’s work is a big no-no. But other schools in Crawford County should be looking at — and copying — what Hutsonville High School economics students are doing.
Friday, April 1, 2005

How about some courage?
Another budget, another sidestep. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the “reform” governor, once again had a chance in his budget message Wednesday to be a real reformer and lead the way in fixing the way Illinois schools are funded...
Wednesday, February 16, 2005

CCDA is vital to all of us
The Oblong Village Board is to be commended for doing its part to support county-wide economic development...
Friday, January 7, 2005

What's the best gift?
As city workers hang electric snowflakes on utility poles on a springlike November afternoon, it’s a little difficult to believe the holiday season is just about to begin....
Thursday, November 18, 2004

Making a dent in city's blight
While Robinson Chamber of Commerce has been giving out “Cardinal” awards for property improvement, the City of Robinson has been seeking likely candidates for what we might call the “buzzard” awards...
Friday, November 12, 2004

Something to celebrate?
No matter which side you were on, nearly everyone has been cheering the higher-than-usual turnout in Tuesday’s election. Let’s not get too excited....
Friday, November 5, 2004

Find ways to work together
Mediation is a Band-Aid. What the solution is — and what the real problem is — only Robinson Township officials know.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Primary system is broken
So you wanted to help decide who the Democratic nominee for president would be? Sorry — you live in Illinois....
Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Lighting a community's spark
What makes us tick as a community? Two columns on this page today attack that question from several different angles. We hope they’re thought-provoking and inspiring....
Thursday, February 26, 2004

Doing it right in Palestine
It’s always good to be able to call attention to someone for doing the right thing.....
Friday, February 20, 2004

True crime in SE Illinois
It’s beginning to look as if it weren’t for southeastern Illinois, the TV true-crime business would have to fold up its tent.....
Wednesday, February 18, 2004

A little 'sprawl' is a good thing
It’s good to see Robinson officials dealing with an issue that’s probably become obvious even those who are not life-long residents of the area....
Monday, January 19, 2004

Governor avoids the real issue
Whether it was ignorance, cowardice or political sleight of hand, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has managed to sidestep the real problem facing Illinois schools.
Friday, January 16, 2004

Meeting law forces accountability
After a year in which public access to information continued to take a post-9/11 beating, Illinois public officials will be more accountable to those of us who pay their salaries.
Friday, January 2, 2004

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