Commentary

Manufacturing In A Changing Job Market

By Steve Rensberry, Editor Manufacturing has been in the spotlight lately, with Southwestern Illinois University among several entities who are striving to bridge the gap between regional manufacturers, job speakers and students. It’s been tough going in recent months, partly because of a record low  unemployment rate, partly because of continued misconceptions about manufacturing jobs…

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October Is Fire Prevention Month

By Steve Rensberry, Editor The month of October is set aside each year as Fire Prevention Month. The goal is simply to raise awareness about fire safety and the importance of being prepared. Few things are more damaging than a fire, whether its your house, vehicle, garage, or farm field, and staying on guard and…

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Illinois: From Pop. 2,500 to 12.7 Million in 200 Years

By Steve Rensberry, Editor Illinois became the 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818, beginning in the south and moving northward, until by 1857 that big metropolis to the north of us dominated the state’s business and industry as a major lake and canal port. Location is key, they say.  At the time of the state’s…

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How Much Choice Is Too Much?

I know we Americans like choice, but sometimes there’s almost too much of it, you know what I mean? Take buying bread, for instance, or coffee at Starbucks (which boasts of having 10s of thousands of drink combinations). I know, some of you “get it” but love all the choices, like a game of sorts,…

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Pushing Your Limits For A Worthy Cause

By Steve Rensberry, Editor Whether you’re a runner, walker, or just someone who likes to watch other people compete, the 10th Annual Bradley R. Smith Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk this year is a worthwhile thing to watch. While the event began as a tribute and honor to Bradley — and it still is— in the…

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Change Comes With Challenges

By Steve Rensberry, Editor With changes come hiccups. Such has been the case with the Times-Tribune this year, which has undergone a number of design and coverage area changes. Add to that staff changes and changes in how we prepare and mail the paper each Wednesday. Delivery has been one such hiccup, mostly due to…

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Keep Sending Us Your News!

Buy Steve Rensberry, Editor In the world of newspaper publishing, there’s one thing we editors are forever grateful for: the people who send us news! Whether it involves a simple story tip, a concern, news about some milestone or achievement, a special event, or an important gathering of some kind, send it to us and…

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Economic Indicators: Reason For Hope?

Gas prices may be up, but one important economic indicator is also up this year, at least in Madison County: home sales. According to the Maris Market Reports, provided periodically by the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors, units sold in Madison from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 totaled 1,735, up by 16 homes…

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Going ‘All Digital’ Has Its Risks

By Steve Rensberry, Editor I don’t know about you, but when it comes to keeping a calendar or appointment book I’m about as old-school as you can get. Maybe, and that’s a big maybe, I might schedule 5 or 6 appointments in any given calendar year using my Samsung Galaxy smart phone. But all the…

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Organizing Events Takes More Than Luck

What makes an event work and doesn’t work can be a hard question to answer. I say that from having witnessed more than just a few event organizers and municipal officials scratching their heads after attendance fails to meet expectations, or things don’t go as planned. Some of it is just the luck of the…

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