Let Us Decide

Bill Bailey, WIUOctober 22, 2014

by William C Bailey
Professor, Western Illinois University

It was an email, sent by a student from Oquawka, which brought into focus an on-going issue that could affect Illinois food consumers. Oquawka, by the way, is the home of the first monument to an elephant in Illinois, and, perhaps, the United States. Taylorville and Showman’s Rest, in Forest Park, also have elephant monuments.

The student, recalling that I like to read labels on the food I purchase, alerted me to a label she recently saw. The label, on imported soymilk, advertised it contained no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). Read More

LTE: 10.22.14

Oktoberfest Enjoyed

  I would like to say to the Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development that the Oktoberfest was a great idea. Oktoberfest is a good idea that gives people who have been working all week something to enjoy over the weekend. Read More

Understanding Illinois: Expert Says “No” on Amendments

NowlanOctober 22, 2014

By Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

We should always be careful about amending the Illinois Constitution because if problems arise later, the document is very difficult to change.

Voters will face two proposed amendments on the November ballot. Both sound like motherhood and apple pie provisos, yet a constitutional law expert thinks both are flawed and should be rejected. Read More

Letters to the Editor: October 15, 2014

An Argument for School Facility Sales Tax

What do the counties of Shelby, Douglas, Macon, Christian and Champaign all have in common?  Each of them is collecting large funds as a result of having the county school facility sales tax in effect for each one of their schools and most of them border Moultrie County.  That means each time we shop in any of these counties we are contributing to the funding for their school buildings.  I encourage all of us to drive by and check out the new schools and/or new additions in Macon, Maroa, Decatur, Arthur, Champaign and other districts because you have invested in each of them. Read More

Farm Bureau Update: Student Outings a Success

HarveyOctober 15, 2014

By Tyler Harvey
Mo-Do Farm Bureau Manager

I have to say I am glad I am not asked to give reports on the weather. The temperatures the last two weeks of September were as good for drying the crops as it could get; however it seems Mother Nature has officially turned on the faucet here in the last week or two. Going around both Moultrie and Douglas counties, I can tell many crops have been taken out, but for the crops still in the field, I hope drier weather will be on the horizon. Read More

Newspapers Are Community

AndersonKeithOctober 8, 2014

by Keith Anderson,
Director of news, ECM Publishers, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Alabama, the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minnesota, or the giant ice cream sundae statue in LeMars, Iowa, every city has a desire to be known for something.

It’s part of what makes living in a community so special. Everyone wants to have a sense of home, a place where they can be involved and where getting to know neighbors is a blessing, not something to be avoided. Read More

Your Living, Breathing, Community Newspaper

WILLIAMSOctober 8, 2014

By Robert M. Williams, Jr.

What do you care most about in life?

Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: Neighbors, the community, etc.

That’s our world, our “sphere of influence.” Whatever happens to those who inhabit that place in our hearts and lives means something to us. Read More

Records Are Made To Be Broken

Bill Bailey, WIUOctober 1, 2014

by William C Bailey
Professor, Western Illinois University

It is said that records are made to be broken. In my undergraduate days, a classmate set a record when, at one sitting, he ate 24 breaded jumbo shrimp at the local Friday seafood buffet. As noteworthy as that seemed at the time, Illinois corn and soybean farmers are on track to set four records this year – now that is really impressive and makes one marvel at today’s agriculture.

In recently released estimates on the size of this year’s Illinois corn and soybean crops, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) set the state corn yield at 194 bushels an acre with soybean yield projected to be 56 bushels an acre. Both of these yields, if harvest goes well, will be records. 2004 was the year the previous Illinois corn yield record was set – 180 bushels an acre. The 14 bushel increase in corn yield is testimony to contemporary farming technology, farming skill and, of course, some excellent weather. It is a similar situation for soybeans – the new record yield of 56 bushels an acre is almost nine percent higher than the previous record. Read More

Trick, Don’t Treat, Cyber Criminals

October 1, 2014

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security Dist. Manager, Decatur

Kids and kids at heart look forward to the end of October, when we use tricks and treats in equal measure to celebrate Halloween. No doubt, you’ll be passing out treats to costumed hobgoblins and hooligans in your neighborhood this Halloween night. But be careful that you’re not fooled by a different kind of trickster looking for a larger handout—such as your identity. Read More