Editorial: Cheers and jeers

Editorial: Cheers and jeers

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Cheers

… to all Central Illinois high school football teams for a great season. Not every team makes the playoffs, but each team and their fans gave it their all, learning about and practicing teamwork along the way.

For those teams moving toward the state championship, starting today, we wish you the best of luck.

Cheers

… to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, for scoring sets, costumes and props from the Oscar-winning film, “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg.

Here in Lincoln country, where original buildings, clothing, documents and other items abound, it’s still fun to see the movie magic that brought Lincoln to life for the millions of people who aren’t as familiar with our 16th president.

Remember

… to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks Saturday night (or Sunday morning). We fall back an hour to standard time.

Jeers

… to the federal government, for its abysmal rollout of the Affordable Care Act and, worse, its too-slow approach to rectifying a horrible situation.

Every new program has its snags, but ongoing problems with Obamacare’s online signup have gone beyond ridiculous.

Most of us already are too familiar with getting the run-around with myriad government programs. Shame on the U.S. government for creating yet another hurdle for people in need.

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Our condolences to the family and friends of Davis U. Merwin, former publisher of The Pantagraph, who died Monday at his Bloomington home.

Mr. Merwin was the last of his family to lead the newspaper that was connected to the Merwin, Fell, Stevenson and Ives families in some fashion for most of the newspaper’s history.

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