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With warmth, thought, and grace

By Cheryl Wormley In the last several weeks, two women whom I looked up to for years died. Charlotte Bingham died Aug. 14, and Jean Gould O’Connell died Aug. 22. […]

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Highly political decisions on vaccines; Ask citizen input on city reorganization; Restore lost positions to support city managers

Highly political decisions involved with vaccines I have been thinking a lot about your last week’s column [Declarations, Aug. 4, “Vaccinate, celebrate, summate”]. I was surprised and alarmed by your […]

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Let’s all choose to be part of the solution

 As of last Friday, McHenry County had only about 5 percent of medical/surgical beds available, according to numbers tracked by the Department of Health. Intensive care units reported about 73 […]

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City government needs on-the-ground employees

Woodstock residents, I hope you’re paying attention to the mayor and City Council’s latest proposal to “change up” how things work in administration. Rather than spending money to hire on-the-ground […]

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Traveling with Jim

By Cheryl Wormley Little did I know when I married Jim more than 52 years ago all the places we would go. I had grown up on a farm, and […]

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Lock your house: It’s zucchini season

Loyal Independent subscriber Marcia Duncan stayed with Jim and me a couple nights this past week. Marcia is Jim’s cousin-in-law. Her husband, David, and Jim were first cousins. Her visits […]

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In any plan to pay later, later eventually comes

 Many taxpayers, especially those not particularly fond of paying more taxes, wonder why the City Council needs to increase property taxes every year through 2025 to pay for resumption of […]

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