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Letters to the Editor
It’s now in your court This is the 14th year of the Euleila Awards which celebrate the work and inspiration of the young poets and artists of Galena High School. The Euleila Awards are an effort to both recognize and …
About that development I fell in love with Galena 60 years ago as a kid on a family trip and I have written about the town as a professional journalist for more than 30 years, for national and regional publications …
Oppose the ‘Park’ I would strongly recommend that the citizens of Galena who oppose the “Park” try to place a referendum on a ballot that says “any annexation of land over 1 acre in size by the City …
Announcing the ministry of truth As the first commissar of the new Ministry Of Truth, I am here to tell you that the year 1984 has finally arrived, albeit somewhat late in coming. Some brief definition of political terms is …
Good Gal Award I would like to nominate Linda Nobis for the Good Guy Award. With the abrupt closing of the Jo Daviess County Senior Center office and Linda Nobis’ departure after 27 years, area seniors are …
Columnists

CodeRED: Keep informed! Enroll in emergency communication service

Mike Simmons, the new Jo Daviess County Emergency Management director, stopped by The Gazette office wanting to promote the county’s CodeRED system. Mike served this community well in past …

The Jewell of Scales Mound

Many streets in our cities and villages have eponymous names, meaning that they were named for someone. Dodge Street for example, was named for Henry Dodge, an early settler of the region and a …

There are no answers to human pain

On April 28, Laurel Eshelman and I read the poetry of war to the 25 people who gathered in the Galena Public Library. Scott Rische managed to turn the mandolin into a balalaika, giving just the right …

Grand evening: Events celebrate bicentennial of President U.S. Grant's birth

What an evening! In fact, this was one of the most enjoyable and relaxing evenings at community events I’ve had here in quite some time. (Although the pandemic might have had something to …
Editorials

Let’s do better

It was an appalling start to the Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend on Friday, Jan. 14, when one participant chose to attend the Galena Music Boosters trivia night in blackface, a symbol of more …

Thinking about the holidays...Sharing & caring

As we approach this Christmas holiday season, we encourage all to think about the blessings we have–our families, friends, colleagues, our community as well as all the material things that …

Misguided legislation: Legislation making virtual meetings of public bodies acceptable for any reason should be defeated

Every city council or school board has issues large and small that impact the lives of the people it serves. Should residents be allowed to have chickens within city limits? Should the city-owned …
More opinions

The intimacy of a hand-written letter

My gentle son is visiting from Jerusalem where he does academic research and translation online from four languages for U.S. universities. These two weeks have been a golden time of restful days, …

  • Just call the police

    At the Galena City Council meeting on April 25, Alderperson Bernstein asked about the commercial outdoor …

  • Where were they?

    At the April 25 Galena City Council meeting, a large crowd of about 130 people gathered in the council …

  • First: Do no harm

    At the April 25 city council meeting and more specifically the public hearing on the proposed near …

  • So sad

    The city already made two huge mistakes allowing marijuana and tattoo parlors!! Since when do they fit a …