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John Cressey once explained to me the difference between cement and concrete. I was reminded of this when Pastor Jeff Dadisman offered the same recollection during the celebration of life service for John Friday morning, May 10, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

The Iowa State Data Center says in 2018, there were 224 children in Clinton County’s foster care system, 28 in Jackson County, 192 in Dubuque County and 442 in Scott County for a total of 886. 

As the director of the library, I wear a lot of hats. On any given day, you might find me leading a book club, tightening toilet seats, paying bills, or organizing a new display. 

Iowa is still ranked 49th in humane companion animal laws because the legislature failed to act. There were several bills that could have improved the lives of pets in Iowa. One bill passed the House unanimously. The Senate leader, Jack Whitver, refused to let the bill come up for a vote in …

A recent news release from the FBI told a story tied nicely tied together three different types of scams — ransomware, gift card scams, and money mules. Each of these is quite topical, and I’ve seen far too often. 

Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat, an independent or something else, State Rep. Andy McKean set a sound example earlier this week when he turned away from his former political party and publicly explained his reasons.

I was first elected to the legislature back in 1978 when I was still in my late 20s. After serving seven terms in the House, I moved to the Senate for three terms where I served as Chair of the Judiciary Committee and President Pro Tem. Highlights of those years included the opportunity to p…

Did you know that the average man spends five years and four months on social media, while he only spends one year and three months socializing face-to-face? You could have flown to the moon and back 32 times, ran 10,000 marathons, or watched the Simpsons series 215 times in that time. 

A couple of weeks ago Nancy and I traveled back to our alma mater, Indiana State University, to listen to Washington Post associate editor and international affairs columnist David Ignatius speak during a special event.

With high school graduation less than a month away, now is the time for seniors to decide what they’d like to do next. The good news is that students have a wide range of options available. Whether it’s a four- or two-year degree or short-term career training, they have much to choose from i…

Don’t tell him this, but one of the most satisfying activities I’ve enjoyed in retirement has been the privilege of editing and helping to organize the book Maquoketa’s Glen “Red” Henton published last summer, “No Time for Boredom,” recounting highlights of his grand life.

I was able to walk past our modern stuff — the tractors, the combine, the semis — without a flinch. I made it past an assortment of rusted chisel plows, cultivators and hoes with a stiff upper lip.

Words. Why do they have to be so complicated sometimes? Maybe it’s because, in a single issue of the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, if you read every story, you could have consumed 23,646 of them. Even more if you read all the ads (which I hope you did!). 

A survey of Eastern Iowa Democratic base and swing voters found a nervous electorate either supporting President Donald Trump for re-election or unsure of how to defeat him in 2020.

It was Valentine’s Day 29 years ago, and I was crawling along at a snail’s pace in my 1979, rear-wheel drive Buick Regal during the evening rush hour on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. 

OK, everyone’s complaining about this winter, me included, but don’t you think this is a wake up call from God telling us to get right with him? “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven …

Door-to-door peddlers are something I associate with the milder seasons of spring and summer. So I felt pretty surprised to hear a Clinton woman’s complaint of losing over $10,000 to a crew of door-to-door driveway pavers in December 2018. But it happened. Perhaps the milder-than-normal Dece…