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.”

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What qualifications and traits should be considered by citizens when voting for their state representative — the office that most specifically represents us for state or national government policy? I feel that the candidate’s character, record of service, knowledge of issues and experience a…

Theresa Greenfield continues to ignore rural Iowans in favor of the wealthy out-of-state liberals who bankroll her campaign. Greenfield hasn’t visited almost half of Iowa’s counties and that includes Jones County. That’s right. She has never even been to Jones County. How can she claim she’s…

Andy McKean has played many roles in our lives over the years we have known him. When we needed legal assistance, he listened to our needs while asking questions to fully understand the situation. After careful consideration, he would offer the guidance and service that we found to be very helpful.

I am writing this letter to the editor in support of the re-election of Wayne Manternach, Jones County Supervisor, District 1. To me, local elections are all about the person. They are individuals who are my neighbors or live in the same community, and I trust to represent me. Their characte…

I am writing to express my support for Representative Andy McKean (House District 58) in the upcoming election. Andy is approachable, responsive to e-mail and open to personal conversation.

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…

I am giving my support for Wayne Manternach for Jones County Supervisor. As a Board of Health member and as a member of the Board of Supervisors, Wayne is an excellent liaison between the two boards. Along with his knowledge of state requirements and understanding of our county needs Wayne w…

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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.

This summer, I have received the amazing opportunity of becoming a reporter intern for the Dyersville Commercial, Manchester Press and Cascade Pioneer. As a Manchester local, I have spent many years enjoying the communities in this area, and I am excited to learn even more about Eastern Iowa.

With Governor Kim Reynolds loosening restrictions on all 99 counties last week, we expect Iowans to come out and take advantage of the governor’s decree. No doubt we will see Iowans in hair and nail salons, gymnasiums, retail stores and restaurants.

I want to share the story of essential healthcare workers who are directly supporting citizens both young and old with intellectual and developmental disabilities during this crisis. They are a frontline, essential workforce that should no longer be invisible and cannot be forgotten.

Jones County Supervisor Wayne Manternach is an ethical and compassionate leader with an exceptional work ethic. He chairs the nine-county Mental Health Regional Governing Board of the East Central Region which is the largest region in the state including Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Delaware, D…

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I met Wayne Manternach in 2008 when he walked into the Jones County Secondary Roads office to keep an appointment with the county engineer. I was the office secretary at the time. Wayne was preparing to run for the first time for District 1 Supervisor. He had scheduled a meeting with the cou…

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With restrictions on some Iowa business establishments relaxed, and a promise to look at reexamining other restrictions for businesses in mid-May, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has sent a clear message to Iowans.

There is an important election upon us. No, it is not the presidential election, it's an election much closer to home. It's an election for the Jones County Board of Supervisors. On June 2, Jeff Swisher’s name will be on the ballot for a seat on the Jones County Board of Supervisors.

As Chairperson of the Jones County Board of Health, it is with great pleasure that I endorse Wayne Manternach as Jones County Supervisor. Wayne brings a commitment to creating solutions and a passion for innovation through team collaboration.

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If there is a way to get things done, Iowa educators find a way to do it. For proof, just look at what the districts in our coverage areas are doing to deliver instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social distancing is tough for most of us. We love gathering at ballgames, movies, theatres, restaurants, churches and with family. Seeing our neighbors and friends in the local grocery or chatting at the post office is a normalcy of life, was a normalcy of life. The new normal is shocking. …

On a March weekend my wife and I began to reclaim our library. I was going to begin working from home and I needed a dedicated work area that would serve as my new newspaper office.

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Imagine having something that consumes your life, something that you hold near and dear to your heart taken away. As of March 12, that happened to me. The COVID-19 pandemic ripped sports out of my life, and now I don’t know what to do.

If we’ve learned anything about COVID-19 the past few weeks, it’s that the virus is making us change many aspects of our daily lives, including the way businesses are currently operating. Small business owners are the backbone of our communities. Several of our communities have begun campaig…

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What we have witnessed in this country with the COVID-19 virus has been unprecedented. Schools, churches and businesses have been shuttered. Americans have been asked to change almost all aspects of their lives to help prevent a spike in the virus. Remember the best of how Americans behaved …

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As we all continue to navigate these uncharted waters, dealing with the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak and spread, I want to briefly share the steps we are taking to keep our employee owners safe, our readers informed and to get out our advertisers’ messages.