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.

“So, if my child is in daycare and both of us work outside the home and around others, do we have to social distance when we are aren’t at work?”

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.

We all thought this was a time of kindness and caring. However, some people don’t know what it is. In the past two weeks, we have had not one, but two beautiful grave bouquets stolen from our daughters’ beautiful gravesite. What kind of person goes to the cemetery and takes what doesn’t belo…

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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.

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. …

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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.

Heads up Iowans, in case you haven’t noticed our world is in crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is turning our way of living upside down.

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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.

One of the most essential doctrines of a person’s faith, regardless of denomination, is prayer. Church services throughout the country begin their service with prayer, include prayer several times during the service and then a closing benediction or prayer is offered to congregants as they d…

January 2020 marked the third anniversary of my launch of Iowa’s Achieving a Better Life Experience plan (IAble), Iowa’s very own ABLE program. IAble helps individuals with disabilities and their families save for qualified expenses while also protecting their eligibility for federal benefit…

I’ll just get this out there right away: my wife Aggie will not like this column. She isn’t one who likes attention on her. But it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m sitting at my computer thinking about her.

Forgive me, but I think some government officials forget they work for the people of Iowa, or maybe they just don’t want the public asking too many questions, especially if those questions could be embarrassing.

The fans of the West Delaware girls’ basketball program had a great treat on Senior Night. The girls played hard with confidence and quiet encouragement from the coaches.

The Supreme Court has ruled that there will not be a hearing on the ACA before the 2020 election. So, Americans will have to wait until after the election to learn its fate. However, one doesn’t need a crystal ball to see into the future. The history of the ACA and past votes of our GOP legi…

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