If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

I recently purchased a book titled, “A Church in Crises,” written by Dr. Ralph Martin, who is a professor at a Catholic seminary in Michigan. He describes social justice as a religion. EWTN recently interviewed him and he made a lot of sense. The social justice movement suggests that it is i…

In response to Jim Bonert’s Jan. 27 letter stating “Biden is on the wrong track,” I think Jim “is on the wrong track.” He rants about unemployment payments describing them as “socialistic” and the Venezuelan approach. That’s the same argument the GOP has used for decades in opposing the popu…

I feel compelled to write this letter for all Iowans who have tried to do their part during this pandemic by wearing a mask and socially distancing themselves in public places in the hope of keeping others safe and preventing the spread of this virus.

  • Comments

On March 2, voters in the Western Dubuque district will be asked to vote on the continuation of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The PPEL Fund covers the critical costs associated with providing and maintaining the safe, secure and well-equipped school buildings necessary for st…

“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…

  • Comments

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…

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.

  • Comments

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.

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…

  • Comments

I was at Randy’s Food Mart today and had an amazing experience. A young man came up to me and asked if I was a Vietnam veteran. I told him that I was and he thanked me for my service to our country. He shook my hand and walked away. Soon after, a check-out clerk came to me and handed me a $2…

  • Comments

Dyersville and the surrounding communities are so fortunate to have Mercy Medical Center — Dyersville. Recently our mother needed medical care and ended up in the hospital.  The staff was very caring, compassionate and attentive to all her needs, along with helping our family deal with her s…

  • Comments

This letter goes out to fellow Dubuque County natives of the conservative persuasion. I know you hate me.  I’m a liberal Democrat.  However, I took time to write in the hopes of having a frank discussion about your frontrunner — Donald Trump. Since I couldn’t find a word to describe Trump’s …

  • Comments

Did the people of our communities see a star in the sky that led them to the toy land at 1 ½ Street in Dyersville? There were continual donations delivered for our toy project all wrapped up in the spirit of love and giving so Christmas would be brighter for families who needed help. It was …

  • Comments

How can I thank the Lemon Sisters and their lemon aides for the magnificent shows they performed three times this weekend to help the needy children in our area? I contemplated getting out the thesaurus to select the most descriptive words to express my gratitude for their enormous support, …

  • Comments

On Nov. 24, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I had 90 second graders from Xavier Grade School in the Pantry. They had the school’s Food Collection that day and they wanted to help shelve the food. We talked about the many reasons families need help, how it could happen to anyone of us. We ta…

  • Comments

On Monday, Dec. 21, the Dyersville City Council is holding a public hearing to construct a sidewalk/path from Westside Park to Dyersville Elementary through the green space behind Mercy Medical Center-Dyersville. 

  • Comments

In 2013, through the generosity of the people in our area, the Mount Hope Cemetery board was able to invest in an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. This was a very wise decision for us, as we have been able to begin the tedious job of repairing the aged monumen…

  • Comments

After watching the City of Dyersville Dec. 7 Council meeting, I came to the conclusion that certain members of our City Council are out of control. I believe that it is time for the people of Dyersville to rally once again for the support of Mr. (Mick) Michel. 

  • Comments

On Nov. 4, there was a story in the Dyersville Commercial written by A. Helle and J. Ehrlich on Beckman Catholic High School’s monthly school page. The title was “Getting to the core of Iowa Core.” I think they have been drinking the “kool-aid”. Their first statement is false.

  • Comments

I am dedicating our 2015 Christmas toy project in memory of Rose Putz who passed away Oct. 29, 2015, because she came to the toy shop in our basement to make children happy on Christmas Day.

A simple reminder to those driving the country roads during the harvest season — obey tractor turn signals. I recently had two people trying to pass while (I was) trying to make a left turn. The second came extremely close to hitting my left-hand tractor tire. A turn signal means tractors wi…

  • Comments

Regarding Mike Schroeder’s letter in last week’s paper, I agree with him that if you own property, you would want to spend money to keep it up. But you would not spend money on things for your home that you could not afford and can live without. That is what Mayor Haas is doing. He is lookin…

  • Comments

This letter is in response to last week’s letter headlined “Willenborg will get Dyersville back on track.”

  • Comments

Mayor Haas, I attended the Forum last night and it was pretty clear that you are basing your possible re-election hopes on telling people that in the past two years you have reduced the debt of Dyersville by a certain amount, I don’t recall the exact amount. 

  • Comments

In 2013, 76 percent of the population supported Common Core. Today, 40 percent support Common Core, with the biggest change being the teachers who have to teach in the classroom. The other strong opposition is from the parents who care and pay attention to what the children are learning in t…

  • Comments

Congrats to the City of Dyersville for the beautiful tennis courts near the aquatic center.  The new surface and updating of the courts makes them first class.  Your community should be proud. 

  • Comments

Environmental concerns are an obvious problem area for wind turbines. Industrial wind turbines destroy avian ecosystems. One popular statistic based on a peer-reviewed study notes that some 300,000 birds are killed each year by industrial wind turbines, but some environmental experts argue t…

  • Comments

There are two sides to every story. I wish to share my side, since the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and other animal rights activists have shared their views of our zoo for the past several years.

On July 23, Loras College presented a discussion of Pope Francis’ Encyclical with David Cochran, a political science professor, and the Rev. Bud Grant, who is also a college professor. We heard that the Democrats get things done and the Republicans are a bunch of obstructionists to their rad…

  • Comments

Last week, I issued a call for a special session to overturn Gov. Branstad’s $56 million school funding veto in order to make educating our kids a top priority again. 

  • Comments

I drive through Dyersville on Highway 136 several times each month. Every time I see that disgusting apartment complex by the Dyersville park, I wonder why such a beautiful town ignores that eyesore.

  • Comments

The Delaware County board of supervisors recently approved a siting change related to more industrial wind turbines being built in Delaware County. We request a moratorium on all wind projects until public hearings take place so the public better understands how they will impact community he…

  • Comments

“For every shoe that you have tied/ And thoughtful words that instill pride/ For all the sweet things that you do/ To help our children all year through/ For having been there in place of me/ I’m extremely grateful… and will always be!”—Genie Graveline

  • Comments

My sisters and I needed to hire young men to help us move heavy furniture from our mother’s house. Not living in the area, I called an old high school friend, Brian Jacque.

  • Comments

Nationwide polling data clearly indicates that an overwhelming majority of voters support four national strategic policy ideas, known as the No Labels National Strategic Agenda.  They include:  1) balance the federal budget by 2030, 2) make America energy secure by 2024, 3) create 25 million…

  • Comments

The time is overdue for Iowa to follow the lead taken by New York in legalizing the sale and use of certain consumer fireworks. New York is the 47th state to make some level of consumer fireworks legal for sale and use.

  • Updated
  • Comments

The Delaware County board of supervisors recently approved a site change related to more industrial wind turbines being built in Delaware County. Current plans are for just three to four in Bremen Township, but wind turbine salesmen are prospecting other landowners. Generally, when developer…