Main Street

“Where’s my paper?” It isn’t just mortgages and General Motors; the newspaper industry has its own crisis. Long-established papers everywhere are cutting staff, curtailing delivery, or even going out of business. Your hometown weekly newspaper (that’s us) is NOT going broke or cutting publication. Sure, the rotten economy presents us with the same kind of […]

City switches to windpower, turbines installed

Turbines installed at the tannery.

photos by Melanie Ragsdale In an effort to support President Obama’s efforts to move the country to alternative energy sources, the City of Rockford has switched to windpower. “It only makes sense to harness the Earth’s natural flatulence,” said Izzy Toe, who is on the City’s committee to implement alternative energy, the Joint Open Konsumer […]

Main Street

Power! Hooked on oil? Want alternative energy? We’re all overlooking something that’s right in our back yards. The neighborhoods are full of squirrels looking for food and even risking their lives darting across streets. We should harness this power source. Here’s my plan: We buy a bunch of live traps and catch those little devils. […]

Main Street – March 26, 2009

Debt solution We’re all a bit nervous about the billions of federal dollars being shelled out to the investment and credit industries and the trillions of national debt that will follow. Well, I have a solution to America’s problem of raising money: sin. This idea isn’t new with me. “Sin tax” is the fun name […]

Main Street – March 19, 2009

by ROGER ALLEN – publisher Politics as usual Winston Churchill said Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried. Someone else described Democracy as two wolves and a rabbit voting on what to have for dinner. Well, the wolves (aka Congress) just passed an omnibus budget […]