This letter to the editor is in response to a Letter written by Bob Francois, “Trump Lacks Morals,” as published in the Manchester Press, Oct. 7, 2020. It was a scathing attack on Donald Trump’s moral character if you’ll recall. I’m assuming Bob is a Democrat and was hypothetically comparing…

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.

Donald Trump has absolutely no morals. He said you can grope women and they like it if you have money. He paid off those women to keep their mouths shut before the 2016 election. One didn’t. He said John McCain was no hero. That from a draft dodger. His niece said he only gives to churches w…

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…

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.”

Over the Labor Day weekend, our political signs were taken from our yard. Not from city property but from well within our yard. This, for me, seems, to be a commentary on our upcoming election.

The Manchester City Council recently unanimously approved a proclamation against racism, discrimination and prejudice. From the article in the Manchester Press, City Manager Tim Vick’s comments on KMCH radio, and the actual proclamation (available on the City’s website), the purpose or reaso…

As with all businesses, the Coronavirus had a serious impact on the American Legion bar. The bar is small but is an important meeting place for members and the community. There are a few members of the community (Friends of the American Legion) and businesses in our community we must give a …

I have a few baseball-style caps that I’ve collected over the years. I have a couple of caps of my New York Yankees, a few golf caps, some Ed-Co baseball caps from my years as head coach and a couple caps from bands I enjoy. I have more caps than I can wear.

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.

We complain that our national government can't get along, yet here our local government squabbles on. Our Delaware County government has done an outstanding job providing a new jail complex at a minimal cost to area taxpayers to enhance the protection and safety of us all. Our Manchester Cit…

Having grown up in Jackson County in the '50s and '60s, I was raised to respect all people. However, I never had an opportunity to meet or interact with people of color until I went to college in Cedar Rapids. Even then, my life was sheltered from the outside world. After college, I moved ba…

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.

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