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Letters to the Editor
Hearts are full On May 7 we witnessed something truly amazing. Our son, Ben, was crowned Galena Prom King. This is an honor for anyone, but for our son and our family it was something beyond special. Ben is …
Learn more about mental health As we are in the third week of May’s “Mental Health Awareness” emphasis, the League of Women Voters of Jo Daviess County (LWVJDC) would like to encourage all readers to learn more …
Ratings are dropping I attended the May 9 Galena City Council meeting where the council approved the second reading of the annexation agreement for the Parker project. I attended the May 11 Galena Zoning Board of Appeals …
Public service Public service is both an honor and a burden. To serve requires not only the ability to listen but the willingness to listen. Public service also requires empathy, the ability to feel and respond to …
Once again the council disappoints On May 2 and 9 the Galena City Council, once again, turned its backs on the citizens they represent as they voted in favor of annexation of land for the Parker resort project. Once again, the …
Columnists

Graduation: Gazette working on special section to honor the graduates

There are a lot of very happy families around these parts as graduation season in this Driftless Region begins. River Ridge and Scales Mound held their high school graduation ceremonies this past …

Reaching new heights: Galena couple wowed the crowd at the turn of the century

New technology amazes many who witness it for the first time and after a couple years, we struggle to realize what life was like before the technology existed. Just in the last 20 years we have seen …

Ukraine: Why now?

Over the past few months, every major news outlet has brought us a clear picture of Russian’s savage incursion into a peaceful Ukraine. The Ukrainian population has risen to the occasion with …

Profound sense of hope abides

“I had never before prayed for a donkey,” he told me after receiving the good news about Sister. Last week’s column carried a rather grim headline suggesting that there was no …
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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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 …