Category: Editorials

Before the kickoff

• Practicing sportsmanship is about the only commendable contribution we fans can make. Anticipation is building for the start of the fall sports seasons. Teams are preparing themselves for a new campaign, and a few have even competed. We may be spitting into the wind to bring this up, but now is the time to remind ourselves that modeling good […]

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Summer of progress

• Hillsboro’s season of visible and significant projects demonstrates a formula for rural success. With Vogts-Parga Construction nearing the end of the first phase of the Safe Routes to School project, and with the concrete exit and entrance lanes poured by Hett Construction of Marion along U.S. 56 High­way 56 in the final days of curing, Hills­boro’s summer of special […]

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Season for safety

• With school starting this week and next, let’s prepare our kids for a safe transition. Anew school year begins next week for the school districts in the Free Press distribution area. Safety is always a concern at this time of year, especially for younger students. A few reminders: • State law prohibits passing a stopped school bus. • If […]

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Healthier outlook

• Hope is rekindled for the construction of a new hospital for Hillsboro. This time it feels real. If your response to HMC/CAH’s announcement that construction could begin this fall on the long-awaited new Hillsboro Community Hospital facility was “I’ll believe it when I see it,” you’re likely in good company. Seven years have passed since the initial promise was […]

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Keep it beautiful

• A coat of paint can go a long way in making Marion County attractive to everyone. It is amazing what a coat of paint can do to spruce up a space. Cable television shows are dedicated to the topic of such an idea and how it affects people’s home-buying experience. People notice when a space is pretty, organized and […]

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Fair shake

• Despite challenges, the Marion County Fair offers affordable family entertainment. Even under the best of circumstances, county fair planners are challenged annually to create an entertainment environment that will attract a general public that seems underwhelmed by anything less than a Worlds of Fun experience. In a perfect world, effort would be rewarded proportionally with public response. If that […]

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Digital divide?

• Digital communication is great for those who can afford the technology. What about the rest? Technology is pushing the world toward a paper­less work environment, and the evidence is growing locally. Direct-deposit checking and online bill payments have been around for quite a while now, greatly reducing the need for paper checks. The local school board began distributing its […]

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Job well done

• Clint Seibel leaves a laudable track record after eight years of service to the Hillsboro community. Economic development director has to be one of the toughest jobs in small-town government. Who would chose a public job where it’s possible to work (very hard) for weeks, months, sometimes years behind the scenes with little evidence of tangible productivity, much less […]

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Freedom’s edge

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalien­able rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” —THOMAS JEFFERSON The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week legalizing same-sex marriage falls in line with Thomas Jefferson’s famous declaration, not to mention what historians […]

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Trust of Bust

• A pre-harvest soaking reminds us that we can make our plans, but our future is in other hands. Whether it’s extreme drought or, like this weekend, far too much rain at the wrong time, we are reminded again how much we can’t control not only the weather, but our plans, our livelihood and our future. With most of Marion […]

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