Here at your hometown newspaper, we have avoided public speculation about what we might learn from bodycam footage Maquoketa Police Department officers captured when they found Amanda Lassance, one of Jackson County’s prosecutors, behind the wheel of her car showing signs of drunkenness.

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The decision to cancel the Iowa State Fair was a reminder of the seriousness of coronavirus and the consequences of many people’s anxiety about returning to activities that normally are an important part of Iowa life.

Sometimes I feel like I’m just drifting day after day. A haze of barely coherent thoughts and actions that, when compiled, might feel like a day’s work. A recap at night’s end would suggest that maybe, just maybe, I gave an honest enough effort and my contribution to society that day was adequate. 

I don’t generally write articles, get involved on Facebook postings, or engage in Twitter discussions or debates, but in the past few weeks our country has again come face-to-face with the harsh reality that we have become two countries, one white and one black. 

The world that I live in is a life filled with discrimination, biases, power differences, and racism. I live in a world where the color of my skin determines how I am treated, my capabilities of being a leader, the standards that I am held to, and whether or not I succeed in life. The color …

“Optics” is a term that has come a long way from the days when it pretty much was the exclusive domain of eye doctors and companies that make telescopes, cameras, binoculars and microscopes.

America has seen 13 consecutive days of protests — nearly two weeks — as of this writing, with no sign of let-up. Protests over the police killing of George Floyd on a Minneapolis street on the evening of Memorial Day have taken place not only in America’s largest cities, but have spread far…

My daily ritual lately has been a midmorning walk at Westbrook Park in DeWitt with friends, all of us keeping our social distance while we visit and contemplate the waves of change in our country. Our pace is comfortable and steady, like the flow of our conversation, physically and mentally …

The availability of the internet and online resources likely made enduring quarantines, lockdowns, and stay-at-home orders more tolerable during this COVID pandemic. 

In today’s world where the coronavirus pandemic has stopped school, most travel, group activities, caused thousands of hospitalizations and deaths, anxiety has hit an all-time high. Many parents have turned to social media to discuss how their children are struggling to cope with the major c…

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own li…

You probably already know, but we are living through a pandemic. I know that most of the columns in this newspaper are probably about the pandemic, but I don’t think that any of them are from a 12-year-old talking about their life in a pandemic. 

Editorial cartoonists – the outstanding ones, like the Des Moines Register’s Frank Miller and Brian Duffy – have a marvelous ability to express a point of view with only a few words and a skillfully drawn image.

Across America, workers involved in the food supply chain are considered essential. After their input suppliers, farmers and ranchers are the first link in the chain as their production moves to processors, distributors and then to retailers. If farmers can’t do their part to feed the countr…

Jackson County is at a crossroads this election season, facing choices that will determine not only who holds the powerful position of sheriff, but the culture and direction law enforcement will take – possibly for years to come.

I often take note, as we navigate this pandemic, at how well we are adapting to a way of life we couldn’t have imagined just a few weeks ago. Most of us are hunkered down all day at home, while many others put their health and lives on the line to fulfill our needs and keep life going. For t…

Some Iowa hospitals ramping up their efforts to treat COVID-19 patients will not survive the pandemic without an infusion of cash, the head of the professional association for those hospitals has said.

My daily ritual lately has been a midmorning walk at Westbrook Park in DeWitt with friends, all of us keeping our social distance while we visit and contemplate the waves of change in our country. Our pace is comfortable and steady, like the flow of our conversation, physically and mentally …

The availability of the internet and online resources likely made enduring quarantines, lockdowns, and stay-at-home orders more tolerable during this COVID pandemic. 

In today’s world where the coronavirus pandemic has stopped school, most travel, group activities, caused thousands of hospitalizations and deaths, anxiety has hit an all-time high. Many parents have turned to social media to discuss how their children are struggling to cope with the major c…

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own li…

You probably already know, but we are living through a pandemic. I know that most of the columns in this newspaper are probably about the pandemic, but I don’t think that any of them are from a 12-year-old talking about their life in a pandemic. 

Editorial cartoonists – the outstanding ones, like the Des Moines Register’s Frank Miller and Brian Duffy – have a marvelous ability to express a point of view with only a few words and a skillfully drawn image.

Across America, workers involved in the food supply chain are considered essential. After their input suppliers, farmers and ranchers are the first link in the chain as their production moves to processors, distributors and then to retailers. If farmers can’t do their part to feed the countr…

Jackson County is at a crossroads this election season, facing choices that will determine not only who holds the powerful position of sheriff, but the culture and direction law enforcement will take – possibly for years to come.

I often take note, as we navigate this pandemic, at how well we are adapting to a way of life we couldn’t have imagined just a few weeks ago. Most of us are hunkered down all day at home, while many others put their health and lives on the line to fulfill our needs and keep life going. For t…

Some Iowa hospitals ramping up their efforts to treat COVID-19 patients will not survive the pandemic without an infusion of cash, the head of the professional association for those hospitals has said.

Maquoketa residents have the opportunity to comment or ask questions about comprehensive building codes that could become the city’s construction standard in a few months. 

In three weeks of avoiding contact with anyone since returning from Washington, I have been off the farm just twice. I briefly went to get fuel in Andrew. There is no kibitizing with friends at the convenience store. No one is there save the staff, and we transact business at arm’s length in…