Remote work builds community

Remote work builds community

As an entrepreneur, I have founded and grown three businesses over the last two decades. Each of them was started from my home office and eventually m...

March 1st, 2018 |  


What does being educated mean, anyway?

What does being educated mean, anyway?

For many decades now, education has been used as a political football by people seeking public office at both the state and federal levels to advance ...

February 23rd, 2018 |  


Signs of hope

Signs of hope

Call me a contrarian. Or even a Pollyanna. But when everyone around me is filled with gloom and despair, seeing dire portents in every political headl...

February 22nd, 2018 |  



Vandalia Drummer Letter to the editor policy

The Vandalia Drummer News encourages readers to write letters to the editor:• Letters should be typed, or printed legibly, signed and include cu...

February 22nd, 2018 |  


Niksen and the calm of doing nothing

Niksen and the calm of doing nothing

We’re stressed and we need to slow down once in a while. I should be the last one giving that advice and the first taking it. As it turns out, I...

February 22nd, 2018 |  


Be prepared for the midterm elections

Be prepared for the midterm elections

Congressional incumbents are hoping that people are so caught up in either defending or hating Donald Trump that voters will forget there are midterm ...

February 16th, 2018 |  


Smoking and a life of misery

Smoking and a life of misery

Everything in a cigarette is bad for you. There is nothing beneficial about it, period. Every substance contained within is toxic and designed to make...

February 9th, 2018 |  


What to look for in a politician

What to look for in a politician

Have you already made up your mind about how you’re going to vote — at least by party — in this year’s important elections? I ...

February 9th, 2018 |  


America, Oprah is not your savior

America, Oprah is not your savior

Oprah Winfrey’s remarkable Golden Globes speech rocked not only the event’s A-list attendees, but almost all of America.Winfrey cited the ...

February 8th, 2018 |  


O’Leary addresses sexting, social media incidents

O’Leary addresses sexting, social media incidents

As you have likely seen in the news, our District has recently experienced several issues involving students sending inappropriate photos and messages...

February 7th, 2018 |