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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.

Amazing! With your generous donations, we have exceeded our goal of $4,000 by almost $12,000 for a total of $15,809.30. And the other good news is that there is going to be a second matching funds with Food for the Poor.

A friend and I have been taking our dogs to the dog park in Dyersville in the last month. We live in Manchester. I didn’t know there was a dog park there until another friend from Manchester told me about it. The friend told me it was very nice. I was excited. I’m hoping we might have a dog …

I am someone who votes for the person. I care about Dubuque County, and I want the best people representing us and working hard for all of Dubuque County. The political party makes no difference to me.

Sadly, due to COVID-19, my position with MercyOne Dyersville Foundation has been eliminated. I want to thank each and every one of you that supported our work. Whether you served on the board, volunteered, attended events and/or made donations, your contributions meant the world to me and ha…

In the Aug. 12 Dyersville Commercial, there were many pictures of people in news articles. In the first nine pages of the paper, there were 14 pictures, only two people in all of those pictures were wearing masks. (Thank you, Lori Blush and Mick Michel for setting the example.)

During the mid-1950s, educational changes were in the wind; the Iowa Legislature responded in 1958 by passing a law that required all public school districts in the state to have a minimum of 300 students. At this time, Western Dubuque County had two school buildings in Epworth and Peosta an…

Using facts and humor on how the USA is being dismantled by rioters, disregard of our constitution, and attacks on Federal buildings is important. As a science teacher of 50 years, thinking and listening skills using inductive and deductive reasoning were important. Collecting accurate facts…

In a couple of weeks, schools in our area will welcome children back into their buildings. And if there is one thing the schools have in common, it’s that their plans are tailored to fit the needs of their students. But that doesn’t mean each district’s day or week will look the same.

If you have ever been around kids or animals, you have stories to tell, crazy stories. I’ve had goats on picnic tables and cars, a wood duck in my chimney hearth, and opossums in my office. Once at breakfast my wife and I could hear our 5-year-old son jumping on the bed above. Suddenly, ther…

I write this as a person who has recovered from COVID-19. I began flashing symptoms in early July, took those symptoms seriously, qualified for a test through Test Iowa and got my positive result back the next day.

These are unprecedented times. The entire world is experiencing the same disastrous storm at the same time. In Haiti, our friends are in a daily struggle for survival. As they practice social distancing to protect their health, they face the more difficult challenge of providing food securit…

The Western Dubuque baseball and softball teams opened post-season play last week at Farley Park. Getting to that point has not been easy and not without some stops and restarts. Coaches and players deserve a lot of credit for following the rules, keeping each other safe, and being honest wh…

I get the protest about BLM and accept it. My problem is twofold. Where there is burning and looting — it is no longer BLM. It is the destruction of the property of others. That is not what a protest should be about.

Lately, it appears that nobody wants to listen to “the facts” from “the other side.” Here are a few thoughts — not facts — about the future of sports in America concerning religion, sexism, racism and political correctness (PC).

This is a response to Tom Snyder's letter in the June 24 edition claiming "Flynn was denied his constitutional rights." As far as Michael Flynn's outrageous treatment goes, he was fired by the president for lying to VP (Mike) Pence and the FBI. He then admitted his guilt under oath twice.

Freedom, independence, self-sufficiency: these are great and glorious concepts. We celebrate them this time of year, whether we process it that way or not, because they're so deeply ingrained in our image of America. We see ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists: seizing the bull by …

After listening to the virtual live City of Dyersville Council meeting June 15 we need to compliment the Council members that voted to recommend and pass a motion that the students of the Moser School of Dance & Gymnastics be permitted to use the front entrance of the Memorial Hall build…

Like almost everything else, area county fairs have fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while decisions to cancel musical acts and midway attractions were made, representatives of the Delaware County Fair and the Great Jones County Fair deserve credit for keeping the youth of their c…

I felt like a rudderless ship the last few weeks between BLM, ANTIFA and immature, spoiled young kids rioting in Seattle — destroying private property under the disguise of protesting a murder. Personally, I feel more threatened with the outrageous treatment of Michael Flynn and the total di…

As I so often do when the world seems to unravel, I think of songs that may help me respond to what the heck is going on. And with the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests calling for justice and reform, the song that sticks most in my head these days is Townes Van Zandt’s “To…

There’s a quiz today. How would the tragic death of George Floyd have been perceived if the encounter occurred on a deserted side street in the middle of the night, rather than on a busy street in a business area in broad daylight?

In the past, journalists in the USA have been able to safely perform their work, as domestic acts of violence against them were a rare occurrence. However, during the recent protests, we’ve seen journalists attacked on Main Streets across America.