I wanted to send a congratulations on the awards on the contest regarding the state coverage awards you and the team there won. They are definitely well-earned and the awards are deserved.

You probably won’t remember, but I sent you an email shortly after you took over the papers telling you how much I liked the changes that were made and the improvement in the quality of the paper with your oversight. I think it has only gotten better and better since then. A good paper will get some push back on the stories and your take on how controversial issues are addressed, but I think you address them in a balanced manner. I’m down in Texas and look forward to getting the paper (and the online info) to keep up with what is going on in Maquoketa.

Robert Lechtenberg

Texas, formerly of Maquoketa