Commentary

Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker Control. In the words of that noted twentieth century philosopher, Janet Jackson: This is a story about control. My control. Control of what I say. Control of what I do. And this time I’m gonna do it my way. Unfortunately for Janet, Miss Jackson if you’re nasty, (yes, I’m a boomer and…

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Holding It All Together-Freedom

By Amy McCollom What does freedom mean to me?  Lately it means that I can take my family to Pizza Hut for dinner whenever I want, or that I can organize a birthday party for my kids without fear of getting fined or hauled off to jail.  At this moment in time, I cannot book…

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Back in the Day- 4-22-20

10 years ago  April 28, 2010 Seniors Brooke Harris and Christian Lehmann were crowned TCHS prom king and queen. They were joined alongside 2009 prom king and queen Justin Hood and Racheal Brewer, and their fellow homecoming attendants. Alan Shoemaker, manager of the Tuscola Stone Company, received an award from the Illinois State Geological Survey…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings President Trump announced this afternoon his administration’s three phase plan to reintroduce “We the people” back into society not after, but while still enduring the world’s COVID-19 pandemic. Just how is this plan supposed to work? The plan has been painted with just about as wide a broad stroke as could be…

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Hook, Line & Sinker

By Tony Hooker It was surreal. Sitting at my kitchen table on Easter Sunday morning, “attending” Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, on my phone. Responding with an “Amen” icon as I said it aloud to myself.  Reciting the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus and the Agnus Dei, as I was taught eight…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings From the first day I learned I was going to be a father back in 2000, I, like most of you parents, dedicated myself to a new life’s plan. How best was I going to be able to provide and protect my child. I absolutely changed my mindset as to how I…

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Holding It All Together-Do You Hear What I Hear?

So, I was lying there in bed the other night and was awakened by the roaring sound of an all-out Whoo-ville Jubilation parade.  Ever seen the movie The Grinch That Stole Christmas featuring Jim Carrey?  The opening scene of the streets of Whoo-ville is exactly what I was hearing .  Horns, and trumpets, and bassoons,…

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Back in the Day 4-15-20

10 years ago April 21, 2010  TCHS special education teacher Angie Patton, fourth-grade teacher Shannon Smith, and second-grade teacher Cindy Surma were among seventeen honored at the 2010 Education is the Key Awards banquet to be held on May 11. It was noted that the recipients had made countless contributions to education in their communities…

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Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker For the past four and a half years, I’ve written this column almost weekly.  That’s 4 columns a month, 12 months a year.  If Mr. Herrmann was able to beat anything into my granite like skull, that equals somewhere in the neighborhood of 275 columns.   I’ve always tried to be positive…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings So here we sit. Another week of self sheltering as much as possible. This is normally the time of year when I’m praying for 70 degree weather with the sun in full shine mode. I’ve not done that this weekend. Nope, I’m kinda glad the weather this day (Saturday) was rainy and…

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