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Stop complaining and start building

Dear Editor,

Seems like some great ideas were given to the [Oregon] city council pertaining to a new jail.

Take the new court housing building [judicial center], which is probably falling down as it’s already 12 years old, and make it into housing for senior citizens.

The court rooms could be made into open concept apartments. 

Imagine seniors running up and down the stairs for exercise or having bed race down those long hallways.

As for building a new building and jail on Pines Road, if it is a wetland, the building could be put up on stilts like they do in Texas. 

Ducks and geese could swim underneath.

Just find another location since money seems to be no object.

How about buying 10 acres of cornfield away from town where no one from town would have to see it?

The courthouse could be there, maybe the sheriff’s office also. It would all be out of sight from the town.

As for closing one block of Sixth Street — seems like that would just jam up all of Oregon’s traffic.

How would anyone be able to get through town without going down Sixth Street? 

Not sure where all the funds would come from for relocating the courthouse.

Maybe the streets in downtown Oregon could be turned into toll roads. Everyone who drives the streets could throw change in toll booths at the stop lights.

Instead of closing Sixth Street, that land could be made into an ice-skating rink, skate for $1.

Oregon could sell hot chocolate and hot dogs to add to the fund.

If everybody would just behave, no jail would be needed.

OK, so you may think I am being ridiculous, but that’s just the word I think of when reading all these protests.

To abandon a building that’s around 12 years old, that cost millions, and start over seems very impractical, silly, ridiculous, and dumb.

Oregon has been the county seat for Ogle County for how many years? 

To complain about it being there is stupid and after the fact.

The discussion about this needs to be over, and the building begun.

Stop complaining and find something else to do.

Ruth Corcoran

Mt. Morris

Paying it forward

Dear Editor,

For many, “Hospice” is a scary word — it means death.

Yet, there are angels of mercy who help families in their final journey, comprised of a team of visiting nurse’s, CNAs, physicians, therapists and clergy, etc., if they choose Hospice services at home.

For many, we choose not to think of it, for it hasn’t directly impacted us, or the need to be required. 

However, this service began in its neophyte stage way back in the mid 1970s and continued to grow, where eventually it became more available in more areas.

Truth be told, being a Hospice caregiver is exhausting.

For all the loving care they give in one’s final journey is heartbreaking, and yet they continue to do it with compassion. 

Not only for the patient, but supporting their families as well, whatever it takes to make the final journey easier, which may require feeding, liquid nourishment, cleaning up of soiled clothing and bedding, holding a hand, getting back spasms from having lifted someone too heavy to lift alone. 

Being a Hospice caregiver or even family member is the hardest work one must face on a daily basis, until one’s loved one final journey is over.

Which brings me to this story of Tabatha Naylon.

Who is Tabatha Naylon?

She is a young woman of 49, a personal friend, whom I think of as a daughter, a member of our Earth Angels of Ogle County family and who has helped many along the way, always with a smile.

To finish reading this story, go to my blog

Thank you and God bless.


Linda Straith (Granny) 

Earth Angels of

Ogle County

Community Day event helps school museum

Dear Editor,

The Chana School Museum would like to thank the Oregon businesses for selling the Bergner’s Community Day Sale booklets.

The Chana School Museum received 100 percent of the money for each booklet. 

Buyers of the booklets got $500 worth of coupons and made $5 back for themselves when they made their purchase during the Community Day sale event. It was a win-win for everyone.

Shoppers enjoyed the bargains at Bergners by using their coupon book which had coupons for items throughout the store.

We would also like to thank all those shoppers for buying the coupon booklet to benefit the Chana School Museum. 

Your support is greatly appreciated. 

Every dollar helps the not-for-profit Chana School Foundation that maintains the old schoolhouse museum.

Donna Gruber


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