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Letters to the Editor
Should EMS be funded through lodging tax The following advisory referendum question will be on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot “Should the Jo Daviess County Board seek the passage of legislation in the Illinois General Assembly …
Thank you to everyone Publisher’s note: The author is a former resident of the Galena Territory. She also served in the roles of CEO, board member and board president of Midwest Medical Center. It was so great to …
Amazing community Congratulations to Midwest Medical Center on the announcement of its upcoming expansion. We are fortunate in a community of our size to have a hospital and all the services offered under one …
It’s time to stop The city of Galena intends to re-visit the proposed Parker Planned Unit Development soon, but it will be re-visiting a PUD that should never have been brought before the zoning board to begin with, …
Paradise lost Is it time to put out the torch, box up the statue, and send Lady Liberty back to France with a tearful farewell? A growing number of our people are wanting to replace her with a Statue of Uncle Sam, …
Columnists

‘Let’s talk’: Group wants to engage community conversation

One of the things I enjoy doing on a Saturday night involves watching YouTube videos from the talent shows such as America’s Got Talent and Voice which are so popular now. It’s the …

Empanadas revive sweet, savory memories

Oh, the empanadas I have known! Those the Colombian women in the plaza prepared were “sabroso”–delicious! During the eight years I lived in Latin America, my own taste palette was …

History, interpreted through art, has the power to transform us

“If there is any killing to be done, let them commence by killing some of my children.” Hats off to the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society for its recent annual (theatrical) …

A long wait...: Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. releases new bourbon

The old saying goes, “The early bird catches the worm.” Dating back to 1605, the year the saying is first recorded in English, its meaning is simple. If you arrive early, you reap the …
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 …
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On meeting decent, hardworking folks

This morning I had the notion of taking a very early walk through town along Commerce, Water and Main streets. I thought I might catch a few early workers getting ready for their day. Every …