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Letters to the Editor
Thank you, Galena! In the midst of so much stress and change and the unknown, we want to take a minute to say thank you to several groups of people. Thank you to the city council for being responsive, nimble and …
Without Grant: No country With the recent toppling of a statue of U.S. Grant in San Francisco (bit.ly/2NQIQV6), historical amnesia has seem to hit a fever pitch. But above and beyond the inaccurate conflation of the Grant …
Ignoring the real problems In May 2007 Jean-Christophe Agnew, professor of history and American studies at Yale, called Howard Zinn’s work “highly influential and widely used.” Referring to Zinn’s …
Rewriting Galena ordinances? I encourage Galena citizens to open the June 22 Galena City Council meeting agenda on cityofgalena.org. Then scroll to page 29 of the agenda and read the zoning administrator’s memorandum to …
Reminiscing I really enjoyed the June 17 edition of the Gazette. Many years ago I had the opportunity to be the CEO of the Galena State Bank & Trust Co. During that time, among the fine staff, was a …
Columnists

May music unite, strengthen and release us

By creating new music, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a collection of international musicians, explore just what it is in music that gives us hope. Yo-Yo Ma has been on many …

Educating a western town

Galena has always taken pride in its education system. In 1891, The Galena Gazette published a lengthy report on the history of education in Galena up to that point. It is a fascinating read that …

From the chamber director

In 1918 rural America, many healthcare workers were overseas assisting in World War I, or working at military stations at home. When the 1918 influenza pandemic hit, cities nationwide struggled to …

Unusual Fourth: How will you be celebrating our nation's 244th birthday this year?

H ow are you going to celebrate the Fourth of July, our nation’s 244th birthday? I’ve been thinking about how Sarah and I will celebrate the holiday. Normally I go for a bike ride, …
Editorials

Editorial: During the COVID-19 pandemic...Patience is required

With warmer spring weather in our midst, wild flowers blooming and summer approaching with all of its grand activities, we are reminded of one line from the television show, Kung Fu: “Patience …

COVID-19 pandemic: A marathon

For the fourth week now, we have all been confronted with new realities: staying in place in our homes, wearing masks in public and practicing social distancing. Being social, as we have known it, …

COVID-19 pandemic: We're in this together

Although not unprecedented, a pandemic is beyond the experiences of everyone who calls northwest Illinois home. While COVID-19 impacts nearly every country in the world, it’s how we deal with …
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