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In an opinion column in the April 28 edition of the Leavenworth Echo, Pastor Smith questioned the verdict of Derek Chauvin, saying it was a sham verdict; the result of “mob rule.” It was, according to Pastor Smith, a de facto unjust trial. I would like to provide a different perspective.   ...
When May arrives every year, I think of my mother. Although Mother's Day is indeed in mid-May, May is also National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. For the last ten years of her life, my mother suffered greatly from complications of osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a condition where...
Travel across Europe and you will come across the magnificent display of architecture and design known as the cathedral. These structures dot cities all over Europe, enrapturing visitors by their sheer size and magnitude. Entering a cathedral, you begin to feel very small and insignificant and that...
The multitude rejoices in thinking that justice has been served and I stand on the outside, not so convinced. Let’s be real, the trial of Derek Chauvin was a sham. He wasn’t “innocent until proven guilty” as our judicial system asserts, rather in the court of public opinion, Chauvin was a...
Taking cod liver oil may help if you are deficient in vitamin A or vitamin D because it is an excellent source of these two fat-soluble vitamins. According to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the official recipe for Cod Liver Oil is "a thin, oily liquid with a characteristic, slightly fishy...

Rock Island Mayor Randy Agnew
Aaron Viebrock assured everyone at the public meetings on April 6th that the commissioners had not “made up their minds” regarding the proposed new rates for high load users. But listening to the discussion of the commissioners after the public comment period was closed, it sure didn’t sound that...
Sitting in my office, I am reminded of a story about Sisoes the Great. Sisoes was an Egyptian monk during the 5th century and a protégé of the Christian monastic movement's father, Anthony the Great. Siseos’ life was marked with prayer, often retreating to the rocky crags and caves that littered...
Pastors say a lot of things. I say a lot of things. That is the nature of the vocation I suppose. However, what happens when what a pastor says doesn’t quite match the Scriptures? Or, can we even recognize error or falsehood from the pulpit? I find that many people when they attend a church service...
Q:  When my allergies kick up, my antihistamine helps my sneezing and stuffy nose, but my eyes still feel “itchy”. What else can I do?    Years ago, I bought my “dream” car, a classic jet-black 1985 Jeep CJ7 hardtop. I can still remember that Saturday afternoon in August when my husband...
Society has lost integrity from many different points of view and, yes, I am concerned. There are numerous examples of disrespect of our own history, our beliefs, our ancestors, our own patriotic notions. Is this what we really want for our lives and that of our kids and their kids? The deniers of...

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