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EDITOR’S VIEWPOINT: TODAY’S ‘NEW NORMAL’ CHANGING ROUTINE HABITS

  (Note: Today’s column is a light-hearted look at my daily routine and a few simple changes that have taken place under the “new normal” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not meant to minimize or be unaware of the suffering this disease has caused so many, both physically and economically.)      EVERY weekday morning…

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THE PEOPLE SPEAK IN A NEW BATCH OF ‘LETTERS TO THE EDITOR’

    Some Pandemic Observations From Personal Experience Dear Editor:      Since the pandemic started, I am now responsible for all the family shopping at Walmart. Although I have occasionally shopped at Walmart, my wife and I never shop together. After 57 years of marriage, we have failed to master the art of peacefully shopping together…

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STATE SENATOR CHAPIN ROSE ISSUES STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR’S STAY-AT-HOME EXTENSION

    Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) released the following statement after Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced the extension of his stay-at-home order through the month of May: “I’m glad that the Governor has listened to my recommendations about finally allowing important preventive medical procedures like mammograms, colonoscopies, cancer surgeries, and heart and stroke screenings to…

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REP. CAULKINS ISSUES STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR PRITZKER’S MODIFIED EXECUTIVE ORDER

      Decatur, IL…State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) released the following statement following Governor Pritzker’s new executive order effective May 1: “The governor’s modified executive order is a small step in the right direction. We still need a plan that addresses the regional differences to get Illinois’ economy up and running. We now know…

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THE PEOPLE SPEAK IN THIS WEEK’S ‘LETTERS TO THE EDITOR’

  Ample Evidence That Regular Use Of Marijuana Lowers Immunity To COVID-19      Dear Editor:      Governor Pritzker considers marijuana “essential.” He must believe that being high is fundamental to survival. Whatever his reasoning, he has done a great injustice to Illinois families, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is a greater threat to those…

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CITY BEAT: BITS AND PIECES FROM HERE AND THERE

         • AS I am writing this column there’s been 11 COVID-19 deaths of Macon County residents.  Ten of the deaths have been among residents at Fair Havens.  Every time there is a report of someone passing away or being infected with coronavirus, it should not only make us sad, but strongly…

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COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE CITY OF DECATUR

The community’s three primary hospitals have been using the shelter in place time to prepare for the growing global Covid-19 cases. You can get telecare if desired to avoid the hospitals or can still visit the ER if needed as well, but please get the care you need. Face coverings are required on the public…

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DECATUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND NEUHOFF MEDIA LAUNCH RADIO DPS

       Decatur Public Schools and Neuhoff Media announce the launch of Radio DPS, a partnership to further connect teachers and students during remote learning. Neuhoff media will air stories and lessons from DPS teachers and staff weekdays on three of its radio stations: Y103, 95Q, and Hot 105.5.      “We know that these are difficult times…

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