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Letters to the Editor
The things I learned... Things I learned at the Nov. 14th Galena City Council meeting: We want “quality tourists” not “quantity tourists.” ( Listen up all you trashy riff raff! ). Adding more …
Not one Galena taxpayer spoke in favor This past week I attended two Galena city meetings–zoning board (Nov. 9) and city council (Nov. 14 )–where an amendment to add 18.24 acres to the ever increasing Parker resort complex and …
Teachers appreciate the support Kindergarten students at Galena Primary School have been hard at work learning about our community and the amazing people that help make our town an amazing place to live. We would like to thank …
Be on the alert for deer Statistics confirm an uptick in deer-related crashes in November. The Illinois Insurance Association and its member companies encourage motorists to be alert in the weeks ahead. Deer are most …
Something to remember Washington, D.C.–1864. Two election rumors circulating: 1: Lincoln if he lost his re-election bid would do what he could to ruin the government. 2: His opponent (McClellan) if elected …
Columnists

Heart-warming: Take time to read Keri Werner’s piece this Thanksgiving week

It isn’t often that I read something and find myself crying like some blithering, emotional other self. But that’s what happened while editing a written-from-the-heart column by Keri …

Finding peace while preserving the prairie

In 2007, a story circulated that a 30-pound squash had been grown from indigenous seeds hidden in a clay pot for 800 years. The story turned out to be a hoax. The story of the size of the squash …

Blessed events: We live in a place of meaning for so many other people

If you look at the family news on page 21A, you’ll notice that the family has had quite a time. There’s a wedding notice for my nephew, Nate Jackson, and his new bride, Chelsea. The …

Serving our country in a segregated Navy

In the entire array of veterans’ photos in last week’s “A Salute to Our Veterans”–36 pages–there is one Black face from WWII: Beauford Clark Johnson’s. His …
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

Thankful for the work of early ecologists

“It all started with a farm boy from the prairies of central Illinois,” noted ecologist John White said when referring to Dr. H. A. Gleason, one of the first significant prairie …