The National Security Agency has been in the news for spying on other countries that are our allies.
As an eighth-grader, I was disappointed to hear this.
So I wrote a letter to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis. I was disappointed by his response. It was obvious he had either not read it or not respected my integrity.
While we think of the holidays as times to make special memories, it can be quite the opposite for many. It's without a doubt that we have faced some challenging times lately, and the experts say it may actually get worse.
But as we've seen with recent disaster relief efforts, there is a resilience that rises up and causes people to work together and cause positive change.
The student senate, the volunteers and the sponsors of the 42nd Thanksgiving meal held at Urbana High School should be congratulated on another job well done. The volunteers were organized and friendly, and the entertainment was top-notch for those without family festivities for this year.
This is truly one of the greatest high school traditions in the nation.
As I was leaving Memorial Stadium after the Northwestern game, I was reminded about how blessed we are to live in the St. Joseph-Ogden area and enjoy high school postseason play each year.
I had the pleasure of going to the Wal-Mart in Urbana to assist my daughter with the dreaded Black Friday special shopping. I say pleasure because, despite my misgivings about going "into the fray," I write to commend the Wal-Mart staff for the exemplary, courteous, kind and professional manner in which they performed their jobs despite the crowd and lines.
As a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination in the U.S. House of Representatives in the March elections, I welcome The News-Gazette editors' call for public debates in each major party in Illinois' 13th District.
Are readers aware of the Yes for Independent Maps initiative currently happening statewide? The goal is to remove redistricting power from politicians and have an independent panel of citizens draw boundaries of Illinois legislative districts. No more gerrymandering safe political districts.