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…

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.

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…

After September 11 and the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, I remember going down to the sheep barn in the dark one evening and looking up at the night sky. There wasn’t one blinking light to be seen overhead. You couldn’t fly anywhere in this country. An entire ind…

The past few weeks I have been researching the problems that Haiti has been having with their water. It’s for a school project. What I found surprised me because, I don’t know about you, but when I hear people talking about Haiti, I always think about the beautiful Caribbean with tropical fr…

Covid-19 is a virus spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. You can pick it up from touching an infected surface and then touching your face. Last I heard it can live on a surface approximately three day. It can affect anyone but it has a more dire effect on the elderly, c…

One of the best things about working in the library world is the fact that we all want each other to succeed. This means we love to share ideas with each other. Sometimes an idea catches on and spreads throughout the library community. 

Fittingly, the announcement came as the Maquoketa Area Chamber of Commerce was holding its annual winter gala at the AmericInn on Saturday night, Jan. 26. As the festivities continued with Las Vegas-style games following the dinner and awards program, a few attendees drifted outside the banq…

The Social Security Administration encourages everyone to establish an online account, called my Social Security, with them. Regardless whether you are a Social Security beneficiary or not, if you are 18 years or older, you can set up your own account online. 

When it comes to seafood, let’s face it, we are pretty much locked in to the big three — shrimp, salmon and tuna — and maybe crab legs when we’re feeling especially flush or just hungry for something exotic.

The Winter Carnival at the Maquoketa Public Library has become a tradition thanks to Miss Colleen Miller, our children’s librarian, and support from our Friends of the Library group and a number of volunteers.

Hers was a Prom Night baby, so she was in labor on a frigid February night. She was the daughter of a wealthy CEO, a bright girl with bright promise. Her parents, important members of the community, were embarrassed and agonized about their only daughter being pregnant. She had college and a…

It was a crisp, chilly, sunny day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. I woke up and excitedly put on my red-and-white-striped shirt with three-quarter-length sleeves and my favorite navy-blue skirt covered in tiny white stars. That was the day that my second-grade class was chosen to gather in fron…

Thanks to the generosity of Iowans, all $6 million of the 2020 Endow Iowa State Tax Credits have been awarded. Donors can still make meaningful gifts to the causes they care about and benefit the future of our state through the Community Foundation of Jackson County, an affiliate of the Comm…

The grandparent or family emergency scam is a mainstay in the scammer’s bag of tricks. These calls, usually coming from callers posing as a grandchild, pull at the heart strings of empathetic family, to wring out bond money to get someone out of jail. This is a fairly successful fraud, desig…

Editor’s note: Rob Rotman is a Maquoketa native who has been predicting Academy Award winners for many years. He has been involved in the Chicago theater scene for about three decades. The 92nd annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, Feb. 9, on ABC.

There is a retired businessman in western Iowa who bristles every time he reads a newspaper article from somewhere in our state about government officials who have misused their government credit cards for unauthorized purchases.

I had big plans to write this eloquent and positive column for my space this week. But here I am, 7:56 a.m. on deadline day, feverishly trying to write something worth reading. I had what I thought was a nice topic to talk about, and I am still planning to. But, oh, how ironic now. My topic …

Typically at this time of year, a trail of auger holes in the Mississippi River ice maps the travels of hardy winter anglers that are in pursuit of that elusive big fish. However, recent warm temperatures have resulted in open water in many areas and disappointed the ice fishing enthusiast.

My family and friends tell me they can always tell when I am angry or really passionate about a subject because I start talking faster than usual and I don’t complete my sentences. I will do my best to express my frustration to you, but fair warning — I’ve got a full head of steam on this issue.

Schools across Iowa had been dark for more than a week because of winter vacation. But a Des Moines teacher still managed to teach a very important lesson during that time – but this lesson wasn’t aimed at the kids she normally works with. It was intended for adults.

It has been 10 years since I retired as editor of the Bellevue Herald-Leader, the fastest decade of my life. That first week when deadline came and went and I did not have to worry about getting the paper out was like being shot at, and they missed!

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…

After September 11 and the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, I remember going down to the sheep barn in the dark one evening and looking up at the night sky. There wasn’t one blinking light to be seen overhead. You couldn’t fly anywhere in this country. An entire ind…

The past few weeks I have been researching the problems that Haiti has been having with their water. It’s for a school project. What I found surprised me because, I don’t know about you, but when I hear people talking about Haiti, I always think about the beautiful Caribbean with tropical fr…

Covid-19 is a virus spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. You can pick it up from touching an infected surface and then touching your face. Last I heard it can live on a surface approximately three day. It can affect anyone but it has a more dire effect on the elderly, c…

One of the best things about working in the library world is the fact that we all want each other to succeed. This means we love to share ideas with each other. Sometimes an idea catches on and spreads throughout the library community. 

Fittingly, the announcement came as the Maquoketa Area Chamber of Commerce was holding its annual winter gala at the AmericInn on Saturday night, Jan. 26. As the festivities continued with Las Vegas-style games following the dinner and awards program, a few attendees drifted outside the banq…

The Social Security Administration encourages everyone to establish an online account, called my Social Security, with them. Regardless whether you are a Social Security beneficiary or not, if you are 18 years or older, you can set up your own account online. 

When it comes to seafood, let’s face it, we are pretty much locked in to the big three — shrimp, salmon and tuna — and maybe crab legs when we’re feeling especially flush or just hungry for something exotic.

The Winter Carnival at the Maquoketa Public Library has become a tradition thanks to Miss Colleen Miller, our children’s librarian, and support from our Friends of the Library group and a number of volunteers.

Hers was a Prom Night baby, so she was in labor on a frigid February night. She was the daughter of a wealthy CEO, a bright girl with bright promise. Her parents, important members of the community, were embarrassed and agonized about their only daughter being pregnant. She had college and a…

It was a crisp, chilly, sunny day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. I woke up and excitedly put on my red-and-white-striped shirt with three-quarter-length sleeves and my favorite navy-blue skirt covered in tiny white stars. That was the day that my second-grade class was chosen to gather in fron…

Thanks to the generosity of Iowans, all $6 million of the 2020 Endow Iowa State Tax Credits have been awarded. Donors can still make meaningful gifts to the causes they care about and benefit the future of our state through the Community Foundation of Jackson County, an affiliate of the Comm…

The grandparent or family emergency scam is a mainstay in the scammer’s bag of tricks. These calls, usually coming from callers posing as a grandchild, pull at the heart strings of empathetic family, to wring out bond money to get someone out of jail. This is a fairly successful fraud, desig…

Editor’s note: Rob Rotman is a Maquoketa native who has been predicting Academy Award winners for many years. He has been involved in the Chicago theater scene for about three decades. The 92nd annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, Feb. 9, on ABC.

There is a retired businessman in western Iowa who bristles every time he reads a newspaper article from somewhere in our state about government officials who have misused their government credit cards for unauthorized purchases.

I had big plans to write this eloquent and positive column for my space this week. But here I am, 7:56 a.m. on deadline day, feverishly trying to write something worth reading. I had what I thought was a nice topic to talk about, and I am still planning to. But, oh, how ironic now. My topic …

Typically at this time of year, a trail of auger holes in the Mississippi River ice maps the travels of hardy winter anglers that are in pursuit of that elusive big fish. However, recent warm temperatures have resulted in open water in many areas and disappointed the ice fishing enthusiast.

My family and friends tell me they can always tell when I am angry or really passionate about a subject because I start talking faster than usual and I don’t complete my sentences. I will do my best to express my frustration to you, but fair warning — I’ve got a full head of steam on this issue.

Schools across Iowa had been dark for more than a week because of winter vacation. But a Des Moines teacher still managed to teach a very important lesson during that time – but this lesson wasn’t aimed at the kids she normally works with. It was intended for adults.

It has been 10 years since I retired as editor of the Bellevue Herald-Leader, the fastest decade of my life. That first week when deadline came and went and I did not have to worry about getting the paper out was like being shot at, and they missed!

In “The Merchant of Venice,” William Shakespeare reminded the world: “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”  

This column is not meant to make you sad or persuade you into a decision that may not be right for you. But ‘tis the season for giving so I will say this: I certainly don’t know what goes on in a dog or cat’s mind, but as a dual transplant recipient in January this year, I do know what it is…

Editor’s note: Duane “Dunes” Schroeder died Nov. 30 after battling pancreatic cancer. He wrote this letter to the community before his death, according to his brother, Al Schroeder, who brought the letter to the Sentinel-Press. He asked for it to be printed and shared with the many people wh…