Opinion

Here we are, well into year three of the effects and after-effects of Covid.  An oft-heard comment during this time has come from people who believe government should simply butt out. These people believe government should leave it to individuals, …

The first-pride festival was held in Fort Madison on Thursday night. For the past few years a small group of passionate people has organized a parade and park rally to create, and celebrate, awareness of openly gay and transgender individuals in …

What is happening to us? What passes for public discussion these days certainly is not civil or thoughtful. Nor is it really much of a discussion. If you read the comments from some supposed …

Brad Heald is at it again.  He has an old 1948 Chevy Dump Truck sitting alongside Hwy 34, at the east entrance/exit to New London, filled and overflowing with marigolds.  Yup.  It started in 2018 …

I love a blank computer screen... and I hate it at the same time. On one hand it's full of promise and challenge, on the other hand is frustration and impatience. There are many writers locally …

Middle ground seems to have disappeared in the United States, and that’s unfortunate.  These days, there’s no appetite for the give-and-take that leads to compromise. Regardless of the …

He's had two great pleasures in his life.  Most people only have one, but Paul Mohrfeld of Ft. Madison, has had two.  The first one was his wife, Rita.  Her name was La Rita, but …

Dear Editor On Memorial Day I had the honor of attending the ceremony at the Keokuk National Cemetery. It was a beautiful day,  the sun was out and a breeze rippled the flags as they stood at …

I'm not a fan of getting older. I know the old saying that it's better than the alternative. I think somewhere deep in the recesses of my mind I thought I might be everlasting. My mind is …

Mariia, Olena and Sviatoslav (or Sviat, pronounced “Fiat”) were in a quandary.  All three are excellent students and college bound, but because of the war, their lives are torn apart.  Their …

Guns. Boy, I don't know. I'm torn on the social discussion, as guns are almost like the third rail. You start talking gun control and you can really create some animosity with friends in a …

Officially, bishops and archbishops in the Roman Catholic Church have one boss, the pope. Of course, their ultimate authority figure is Jesus.  That’s why many Catholics and non-Catholics have …

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