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Letters to the Editor
Good Guy Award I would like to nominate one of your employees for the Good Guy Award. On two separate occasions Janet Turner Shaw hand delivered to my door step the Gazette. For no rhyme or reason it was not in my …
LETTERS FROM OUR READERS A life well-lived by Mary Rooney Sheahen, Rolling Meadows He was a force of nature, a colorful character, a man who was known to so many. John Cooke made a difference in this world and …
Good guy award I need to write a few words about the membership of Miner’s Lodge 0273, here in good old Galena. When I fell ill a few years ago, many of my abilities also fell to nearly impossible. My desires …
Transparency? Transparency? by Rick Pariser, Galena “Former custodian sues library (Gazette 9-15-21)” offers an insight of what happened to a long-term and valued employee of our library. Marv …
Good guy award The good guy award should go to Joan Harmet, an enthusiastic ambassador, generous volunteer and educator for preserving our North American Bluebirds. I met her this summer at the Jo Daviess County …
Columnists

More bike racks here?

It was nice to see Galena City Administrator Mark Moran and PeopleForBikes staff member and Galena resident Ryan Birkicht wandering around the downtown last week. Mark was picking Ryan’s brain, …

A road for the future: Galenians of years gone by had a passion for improving infrastructure

Four weeks ago in this column, I talked about the paving of Spring Street that took place in 1926. Ten years before that, the thoughts of improving infrastructure in Galena were at the forefront of …

Every creature is of exquisite importance

Last week I posed the question “Of what importance is a little sparrow?” as I hiked through Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s Garden of Eden, a protected grassland. Of …

Exploring the finer points of the nobility of work

In a 1995 interview, “60 Minutes” journalist Ed Bradley asked the then 68-year-old Tony Bennett (Mr. B) what he liked about his profession. After a pensive moment, the world-famous …
Editorials

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 …

Three cheers for Jo Daviess County

This past week, Jo Daviess County became a leader in our nation’s vaccination effort to protect the population from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 53.5 percent …

What is needed with COVID-19 vaccination is... More vaccine

This past week, Jo Daviess County residents deluged the Jo Daviess County Health Department with calls and emails. These local residents eagerly wanted the COVID-19 vaccine. The calls and …
More opinions

Helping those who supported us

Fort McCoy, near Tomah, Wis., a less than three-hour drive from Galena, is one of eight military bases housing and processing the Afghan evacuees. The short-term spending bill recently passed by …