Living a Little Crazy: Returning to Journalism 50 Years Later

Sometimes life’s greatest blessings come with living a little crazy. So it was that fifty years ago, at 1:30 p.m. on a balmy Thursday, Dec. 28, we—Martha, a cub Lifestyle Editor and columnist for The Belleville (IL) News-Democrat, and Jim, a second-year law student at Washington University in St. Louis—were married in Rock Island, IL.…

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With the SAFE-T Act nearly upon us, maybe it’s time to revisit peace bonds

Reforms in the criminal justice system undoubtedly were needed and probably still are. Passing the 764-page SAFE-T Act without the customary vetting of legislation might well not be what’s needed. Still, come Jan. 1, 2023, it’s the law. Muddy River News has published articles about the SAFE-T Act. For those wanting to know more, Sen.…

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Hey, JB: Thanks for gas tax break and family relief check, but voters need information — not electioneering hijinks

Illinois voters are to decide Nov. 8 if our constitution should be amended. If approved, a workers’ rights provision would be added to the state’s Bill of Rights. I get both sides of collective bargaining. While my professional career often has involved management, that’s not always the case. In earlier days, I was an active member of the…

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Do you own Computershare account? Might be time to consider closing or updating it

Have a Computershare account? A good estate planning tip might be to either close the account or at least consider whether it should be updated.     Computershare is a super-large, Australian stock transfer company, providing global services as a transfer agent and holder of stocks. It provides many other financial services as well.   As an estate…

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Hello, Goodbye! Redux on ‘Quincy’s Calling’ and a quick look at real estate transfers

I observed several months back that Quincy says “Hello” and Illinois says “Goodbye!” A key reason?  The Illinois tax structure.   Muddy River News is publishing real estate transfers.  Take of look at where the sellers, many area homeowners, now claim residence. An example would be the Adams County transfers from Aug. 15-19. The sellers included people from Estes…

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Remembering Anne St. John and a legacy of Quincy Trees for Tomorrow

Anne M. St. John died on July 29. It’s unlikely there will be named legacies honoring Anne.  She is among the many self-effacing folks who made a true difference in our community, unconcerned about personal recognition. A quote from Timothy (1 Timothy 6:7) welcomed Anne to her celebration of life held Saturday, August 20: “For we…

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Kudos to the city of Quincy! Someone really does read those emails

The City of Quincy deserves kudos. I’m here to pass them along. My usual route to and from work takes me from Sixth and Jefferson Streets north to my office.   For weeks, I kept hitting the same darn road depression (not a pothole) when heading home on Sixth south of Washington Street — well, unless…

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Time to give up on Quincy’s air service and consider luxury, reliable bus service?

City officials are again faced with the challenge of finding an essential air service provider. Cape Air, the current provider, notified the U.S. Department of Transportation in May of its intent to end passenger air service in Quincy.  Cape Air was awarded a four-year $10.8 million subsidy starting December 1, 2021, to provide service to St. Louis and…

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Want to truly face danger? Consider running with the bulls in Pamplona

PAMPLONA, Spain — Nothing says July in America more than the Fourth.  In Spain, it’s the running of the bulls.   Bull runs, or encierros, are held all over Spain.  The most famous is in Pamplona.   Grandson Benjamin St. John and I were in Pamplona considering whether we might give the sport a try.…

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Are vaccines and masks really the issue? Is consensus possible?

One of my daughters came home from school years ago. She was clearly upset. Door slammed.  Book bag thrown to the floor.  A kick at it.  As she turned toward me, I inquired what was wrong. Her upset then turned to me and my (may I suggest “imaginary”?) failures as a parent. I patiently took…

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