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Thumbs up to organizers of the 38th annual Big Muddy Film Festival for bringing independent films to Southern Illinois. The festival runs from February 23-28 and a full schedule of this year's screenings can be found at: www.bigmuddyfilm.com.

Thumbs down to House Speaker Mike Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, all members of the State of Illinois General Assembly and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for another wasted week of ignoring their responsibility to govern while continuing to cash their taxpayer-funded paychecks. This group includes the following legislators who will be asking for your vote this year: State Reps. Bradley, Phelps, Bryant and Costello and State Sen. Gary Forby.

Thumbs up to Pope Francis for having the courage to take a stand. "A good Catholic meddles in politics," Francis said as he visited the Mexican border this week. Regardless of one's politics, it's safe to assume that all 2016 Presidential candidates would love to have the Pope's 70 percent favorability rating among Americans.

Thumbs down to outgoing Anna Police Chief Scott Rice for posting a 1,200-word comment on the department's Facebook page about an open criminal investigation. Rice resigned this week, denying that last Friday's Facebook post had anything to do with it. Anna city commissioner Al Kamp praised Rice, saying "He's done an excellent job." The ill-advised post, taken down within hours, should serve as a reminder to all to think twice (or more) before posting to social media.

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