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“Our darkest days are ahead of us.” I do listen occasionally to Joe Biden. That is his quote and I would agree with him. Biden wants the minimum wage to be $15 per hour. This will result in the closing of many small businesses. The cost of living is not the same throughout the USA. As a resu…

Hours after the siege of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 following the Save America rally in Washington, D.C., New Jersey Congressman Andy Kim was seen with garbage bags in hand cleaning up the mess rioters left in the Capitol.

During troubling times, heroes arise. My family has to look no further than the teachers and staff at Saint Francis Xavier Elementary and Beckman Catholic High School. They have given our three daughters the opportunity to go to the classroom five days a week to guide them in their journey. …

When I was 16, some of my buddies called me up to go coon hunting. It was dark and raining. And, too lazy to tromp through the timbers, I suggested we look through some of the neighbors' barns. Because I was the only one with a driver's license, I knew that I had to drive. I also knew

Wow. 2020 is finally over. It has been a year of disappointment and challenge for so many.

Upon reading the article entitled, “How much is a bridge worth to the public?” the comment was made that stated, “the council wants to take a step back and re-gauge public opinion.” Also in the article, it pointed out the bridge cost estimate was $6.3 to $6.9 million; in 2018 the council rec…

In blacksmithing, if you want to make a mediocre tool into a good one, you must temper it. To do this, the business end of the tool must be heated up, and as it cools, color bands will pass through the metal. When the right color presents itself, you quench the tool in water. This process ma…

Holiday safety is becoming a big issue now, especially during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and for those who are the most vulnerable. Between November and mid-January are when many families gather together and travel spikes across the nation. However, this year could be different, as many …

When I was a child, I thought Christmas would never come. The weeks dragged by while I wore out the toy sections of the Sears and Penny's catalogs hoping Santa might stop by. I always looked for Santa Claus and tried to stay awake on Christmas Eve just to catch a glimpse of the jolly big guy…

Everyone is in a quandary this year as to how we can celebrate the holidays with family and friends, yet remain free of COVID-19. It is amazing how good old common sense plus a little ingenuity allow us to carry on doing things that are important to us. I think most of you who know me realiz…

Did you see what China is threatening to do to Australia? They are going to impose “trade restrictions.” They are delaying clearance for the shipment of $1.4 million of live lobsters. China is also limiting the importation of Australian coal, beef and other goods.

When you are standing at a urinal in a men’s bathroom and St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson comes in next to you, that’s not something you forget.

It is now too cold for me to sort in my garage. As of Nov. 1, I have shut down the used donation part of my program except for Christmas decorations. If you have some decorations, please call me at (563) 875-8743.

The number “88” is one of the most well-known symbols in all of NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt Jr., voted the most popular NASCAR driver 15 times, adorned this number on his car from 2008-17. Dale Earnhardt Jr. started racing with the No. 8, but a team change in 2008 forced Dale Earnhardt Jr. to cha…

As racers we were very irritated someone posted the number 88 is racist. Obviously, this person has not been to a racetrack. Most racers acquire their numbers from something special in their lives, their favorite driver from the past or a family member.

Mitchell, you have a twisted sense of racism. Most drivers choose their car number as the year of a child’s birthday or an anniversary. You seem to be able to bring racism into things that are not racist. People like you are the issue with racism. You are what people call a nit-picker.

So many life events and celebrations, from graduations to birthdays and weddings, have been impacted by the pandemic. Earlier this year, when schools shut down and entire sectors of the economy closed to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, it also put the brakes on routine screenin…

The number “88” is one of the most well-known symbols of White Supremacy. White Supremacists use this “dog whistle” symbol to show their beliefs and to identify with others who share those same beliefs while still under the guise of coincidence or misunderstanding. When broken down, 88 stand…

Iowa Workforce Development has been going through a significant transition period under the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA). Current Regions 1, 2 and 7 have voluntarily formed a new 20-county entity, the Northeast Iowa Workforce Area. Dubuque County was formerly part of Region 1.

Dave Baker was elected as Dubuque County Supervisor in 2016 and he has served as chairperson for the past two years. No one had a crystal ball to see the COVID-19 pandemic, but Baker has provided solid leadership during this unprecedented time. He pushed hard for increased COVID-19 testing i…

President Donald Trump has stated many times, “The unfair way I have been treated as President should never happen to anyone.”

I serve as a (volunteer) member of the Dubuque County Compensation Board. The compensation board is comprised of appointees from Dubuque County’s elected officials (treasurer, recorder, auditor, attorney, sheriff and supervisors). Each elected official appoints one member to the board. The m…

Iowans have options about how we choose to vote. We can cast an absentee ballot from the comfort of our home, in-person at the county auditor’s office, or vote at the polls on Election Day. All three methods are safe and secure. Whichever method you choose, it’s important to have a voting plan.

Jay Wickham once again got caught trying to run the county by himself. Dubuque County has an elected county attorney to assist the board in legal matters. Bad enough Wickham went to outside counsel, but when his sister works there, that's "nepotism." Wickham is an elected official, entrusted…

This time when we vote, let’s not forget the 60 million unborn babies that have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade became law. Let’s hope that all those who tolerate or promote abortion will have a renewal of mind and vote for life. Donald Trump has been the most pro-life president we have ever…

Virgil Bourek’s Sept. 30 letter concerning the morality of abortion calls lay people, as well as priests and religious, “so-called” Catholics, if they support candidates such as Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. No one likes abortion, but who gives the writer permission to be judge and jury on mor…

When you watch all the riots, looting, burning and tearing down of statues on TV news, you do not see Trump caps or Trump Banners. Therefore, you must conclude the looters, rioters and destroyers of property are made up of the following groups: Liberals, Democrats and Communist sympathizers …

Long days and pleasant nights to you, friends. My name is Daniel Charland and I am a new reporter/photographer with the Cascade Pioneer, Dyersville Commercial and Manchester Press. The year 2020 has been an interesting time to graduate college and enter the workforce, and I’m grateful for th…

I have noticed a flurry of interest recently among the political class and in the local press about Winston Churchill. I am just finishing a very good biography of this great man and have come across many of his laments, instructions and admonitions which speak to us in our situation today.

I recently read a story about Bishop Loras owning a slave. Even though owning a slave was legal at that time, one would think he would not do so on moral grounds.

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of folks were throwing the words patience and grace around. I’ve been thinking a bit lately about grace. While there are several definitions of the word, the one that sticks with me right at the moment is “courteous goodwill.”

Sincere congratulations to Captain Harley Pothoff on his retirement from the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department. It is commendable that during his 33-year career, Harley helped maintain the safety of Dubuque County residents and personally assisted individual citizens. I recall a conversati…

Did you see that both (Joe) Biden and (Kamala) Harris took time to talk to Jacob Blake, of Kenosha. Both spoke so “highly” of that man. He is the one that was shot by the police and this resulted in riots in Kenosha. Why didn’t Biden and Harris talk to his ex-girlfriend about what she thinks…

Looking back over the last few months navigating my way through the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve learned a few things. I know I wrote about this back in May, but since I pride myself on being a lifelong learner, I’ve got a few more things to add.