Category: Letter to the Editor

Letters (April 23, 2014)

City available to test water issues Stan Thiessen voiced his concern about the safety of the water in Hillsboro in the Free Press a couple of weeks ago (Letters, April 2). After boiling several gallons of water at a low temperature, Mr. Thiessen observed “brown sludge” at the bottom of his pan and then suggested that citizens drink bottled water. […]

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Letters (April 16, 2014)

Columnist raises good points Thank you, Bob Woelk, for your article in the April 9 issue (Free Falling). All of your points were well made. I, too, get tired of individuals who pass judgement and make statements based on Fox News instead of doing their own research and thinking things through for themselves. There are certainly pros and cons to […]

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Letters (March 26, 2014)

Heitschmidt will provide leadership Those who know me are aware that I have always been a very active member of the community. For a small town to survive, a lot of people have to volunteer their time and pitch in to make things happen. I try to do my part and appreciate it when others do the same. But sometimes […]

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Letters (March 5, 2014)

Pat Roberts speaks for political elite It is apparent that Kan­sans now must fight against not only the left but establishment Republicans and the RNC. Pat Robert’s ads against Dr. Wolf actually make me feel they are coming from the left—but not so, this is the Republican elite. I’ve voted for Pat Roberts always, but in recent years I’ve written […]

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Letters (Feb. 26, 2014)

Hodson to end medical practice It is with mixed emotion that I announce the end of my practice of medicine in Marion. I came here 32 years ago as a young physician and have become very ingrained in the community. I have made friends of many of my patients and made patients of many of my friends. I have seen […]

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Letters (Feb. 19, 2014)

Shifting the debate on homosexuality It seems the proponents of homosexuality are busy shifting the focus of the debate. No longer is the debate on whether homosexuality is wrong or right, but instead they seek to shift the debate to whether discrimination against homosexuals is wrong or right. This was again evident in the pre-Olympic interview Bob Costas had with […]

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Letters (Feb. 12, 2014)

Editor’s note: The Marion City Council recently received this letter. It is printed here by permission of the writer. Chief commended for assistance I would like to take this opportunity to speak to you about the encounter I had with your chief of police, Tyler Mermis, Jan. 28. I am hoping at the end of this letter of appreciation, you […]

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Letters (Feb. 5, 2014)

Seeking family info from Pilsen In the past eight to 10 months I have discovered that I had a strong family heritage in the Pilsen area. Anton and Carolina Navrat came to that region in the 1870s with two sons, Frank and Urban. Other names that came into the family were Svitak, Lentz, Holub, Houdek, Bezdek, etc. I am trying […]

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Letters (Jan. 29, 2014)

How to draw more families here At the Dec. 9 “Commun­ity Conversation,” in light of the loss of 52 students from our school district, the question was asked, “How do we get more families to move to Hillsboro?” Stan Thiessen, in his recent letter, identified two factors that drive people out of Hillsboro and deter others from moving here: lack […]

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Letters (Jan. 15, 2014)

Firefighters deserve our full support I would like to thank Don Ratzlaff for the excellent article regarding the Hills­boro Fire Department (Jan. 8 issue). For two years I had the privilege of serving with these men before I “retired.” I continue to attend many of their monthly meetings. I am amazed and awed at the abilities of Chief Ben Steketee […]

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