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TALKING POINTS: Offensive political advertising?


To some, political ads reinforce deeply held beliefs. To others, the ads are disgusting. Still other folks simply tune it all out.
Such is the apparent attitude of a lot of Illinois citizens about the campaigns from both major parties in the March 20 primary.

Some of this primary season’s ads seem to have been dreamed up by a bunch of juvenile political consultant wannabes trying to win top prize in the attack ad category. Whatever your take, they do provide some insight into the candidates.

Name calling, silly attack ads and even campaign sign vandalism aren’t new tactics.

Unfortunately, some campaigns these days reflect the state of Illinois and national politics.
Sadly, a few politicians could be on the path to losing all respect from some of the citizens they seek to serve.

Early voting
Early voting for next month’s primary begins soon or might already be underway depending on where you live.

You will even be able to vote by mail from the comfort and convenience of your own home. How’s that for convenience?

You’ll be able to cast your ballot in your easy chair or at the kitchen table while enjoying your favorite beverage or whatever while commiserating with family members, friends or in private.

Only one ballot per person please. Your local County Clerk has all the details. 

President's Day
Monday’s the big day.

President’s Day combines the federal George Washington and Abraham Lincoln birthdays.

In Illinois, Lincoln’s birthday used to be a big deal, even closing schools to observe it, followed later this month by Washington’s Birthday.

It all adds up to make February a good month for the retail sales advertising business when you throw in Valentine’s Day.

And in sports
February is a great month for sports fans with the NFL Super Bowl on the first Sunday, this year’s Olympic competition, some professional All-Star games, the race for college winter sports tournament seeds and the opening of Major League Baseball’s spring training camps.
February is also the beginning of the end of prep sports seasons.

Competition at the sub-sectional and sectional levels is beginning, moving what’s now sometimes referred to as February Frenzy into March Madness and the eventual state finals.

February is a special month for all avid fans of many sports at nearly all levels.

And if you’re not into athletic competition there’s always politics.
  • JIM FRENCH, of Ottawa, is retired after 43 years in radio broadcasting, including 33 in Ottawa. You can reach him through The Times by emailing

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