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…

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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…

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 …

I first heard Carly at an event in Des Moines last spring and was immediately impressed with her leadership experience, contacts with world leaders and her common sense.

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 …

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, …

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…

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. 

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…

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. 

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.

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…

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…

This letter is in response to the letter to the editor written by Jim Heavens.

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

In recent memory, the City of Dyersville has been renowned by its peers, its visitors and a large majority of its people as a very successful city. Those were great days. Lately, a very different situation has come into being; one which is quite unsettling.

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. 

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…

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. 

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…

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.

What I have learned since Obama took office about truth and honesty:

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…

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. 

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.

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…

“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

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.

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…

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.

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…

A few weeks ago, Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich declared to a packed Working Families Summit audience at Iowa State University that the future of our country is no longer a battle between Democrats and Republicans or liberals and conservatives.

On May 9, the Dyersville mail carriers held their annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive”. They collected almost 400 pounds of food. Thanks to these dedicated ,community-minded carriers for giving their time to help meet the needs of families in the area.

The committed individuals who nurture and teach the nearly 70 percent of Iowa’s young children who are cared for outside of their home every day continue to be undervalued despite the importance of their work.  The grossly inadequate level of wages for child care staff—roughly $18,180 a year…

On April 25, Nepal was struck by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. The initial devastation has been massive, with more than 3,815 casualties reported thus far—with expected casualties to go up with reports from rural areas. At this very difficult time for Nepal, all of us must come together to hel…

We are over $18 trillion in debt, almost half under Obama. Washington spent nearly $3.5 trillion in 2014 while collecting nearly $3 trillion in revenues. 14 cents of every dollar that Washington spent in 2014 was borrowed.

On March 28, the area Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts held the annual Scouting for Food drive. Working together, the leaders and scouts collected 3,085 pounds of food and $298.

    On March 16 at approximately 6 a.m., our son left home to go to work in Waterloo. Less than two miles from home, he struck one of the DNR’s over-populated deer. At 11 that morning, trauma doctors in Iowa City worked to save his life. He had a ruptured spleen, several broken ribs, a colla…

On March 31, the Telegraph Herald article about Common Core gave the impression that people opposed to Common Core oppose high standards. I oppose Common Core and hope for the highest standards that Catholic educators developed from the beginning, especially discipline, respect and accountab…

The Telegraph Herald on March 24, 2015, had an opinion piece by Cal Thomas on the problems being created for MetLife by the Dodd-Frank Act. Please take the time to read the article. Banks and people in finance have known that the new and improved Dodd-Frank Act was not good for the nation.

The Dyersville Commercial carried an article March 18 about a teacher who left her classroom because the students were too outrageous and disrespectful. Shame on those bullying students. Shame on their parents if they think their perfect child had nothing to do with the mayhem. Shame on the …