Is Social Media a Helpful Tool or a Crutch?

What makes social media so addictive? Why do you have to go back and check a picture 50 times after you post? Why are you constantly checking your phone?

Here’s a link to the column.

Scott Allen Chess

Scott Allen Chess, 49 years old, passed peacefully in his sleep with his fur-baby Mattie at his side.


Scotty was known for his love of music and love of his daughter Sami, granddaughter Cecilia. Along with his mother whom he worshipped and loved endlessly. Scotty was born in Valparaiso, Indiana. He attended Kouts High School, was very active his high school band and he always had the love for music.

Scotty was a very talented musician, had a passion for music. He was self-taught guitarist, drummist, and pianist, and sang like a bird on the wing of a dove. Scotty was very well known for his love of his Rock and Roll band “Devil Dogs” which he started in 1989. Scotty also enjoyed fishing, boating on the Kankakee River, and spending time with his friends. When he walked into a room, he commanded it with lively personality and entertaining stories of his days when he spent endless hours of fun with his cousins and friends. One couldn’t help but be drawn in and expect nothing but laughter to follow.

He is survived by his daughter Samantha (Sami), granddaughter Cecilia (CC) whom he loved and worshipped beyond eternity. His Mother Sharon Witkowski, who was not only his best friend, but his “Hero in Life”. Along with his Aunt Sarah who was always his kindred spirit. Many Aunts and Uncles, and cousins by the dozens whom loved him.

Scotty was preceded in death by his younger brother Jeffery Witkowski, his step brother Vincent Witkowski (Grit), his father Richard A Chess, his step-dad David Witkowski. His Grandparents Charles and Maryetta Oestreich and his Uncle Mike Grcich whom taught him how to fish in the Kankakee River.

Gilberts Funeral Home in Christopher Ill. In charge of cremation arrangements. A Celebration of Life to be held at a later date at the Kankakee River. Along with celebration Bonfire at the Grcich Cabin in Winamac Ind. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to for Scotty Chess to GoFundMe.com Funeral Expenses, organized by Christina Cobb help offset final expenses.

For more information go top our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Column: What happened to an America where you could freely speak your mind?

The angry left-handed broom of America’s cultural revolution uses fear to sweep through our civic, corporate and personal life.
Here’s a link to the column at the Chicago Tribune.

Pastor Rick Warren: What Happens When You Run from God?

God gives every one of us a unique mission—and he gives us a choice as to whether or not we fulfill that mission.
Here’s a link to Daily Hope.

2020 election is opportunity for conservatives to stand up to cancel-culture mob

The cancel culture continues to gain momentum, as more statues across the nation are toppled, and sports teams, major food brands and even music bands are succumbing to pressure to change their names. The logical question on many Americans’ minds is: When does this all end?
Hee’s a link to the editorial at Fox News.

Pastor Rick Warren: Obey God Joyfully

When you think about obedience, is “joy” a word that immediately comes to mind? Probably not. But the Bible tells us to obey God joyfully. And as it turns out, there are lots of great reasons for being joyful as we obey God.

Here’s a link to at Daily Hope.

Coronavirus and worry — fight back with faith and the 23rd Psalm

On Zoom yesterday a friend asked me how I was doing in the midst of the pandemic. “Without dismissing the death and economic pain,” I answered, “honestly, I find the whole thing epic. I feel invigorated and called to serve.”

Here’s a link to the editorial at Fox News.

Opinion: The Michael Flynn case was a setup from the start. How many other lives have the FBI destroyed?

If you were paying any attention to the news Thursday afternoon — and we suspect you were — you know there is a passionate debate underway right now among political partisans over the Justice Department’s decision to drop the case against General Michael Flynn. They are screaming.

Here’s a link to the editorial at Fox News.

Op-Ed: Who will be this week’s socialist rising star

For the past few decades, people have chastised dozens of Republican presidential candidates for shooting themselves in both feet in front of national TV audiences during notoriously bad primary debates. By the end of the last conflict, those left standing have made such fools out of themselves, their own party is embarrassed.

Here’s a link to the editorial at Illinois News Network.

Court ruling against sanctuary cities and states should be followed by tough legislation

The ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court allowing the federal government to withhold grant money to so-called “sanctuary” states and localities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities is an important victory that will help protect the American people from dangerous illegal immigrant criminals.

Here’s a link to the editorial at Fox News.

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