Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 29 January 2013 13:45Conversation in the office was grim the other week as discussion turned to a family that recently has fallen on hard times.
To start with, they nearly lost everything after the father made an disasterous investment. The husband of the oldest daughter made matters worse by talking to a financial adviser about the family’s investments behind the father’s back.
Meanwhile, the middle daughter chased an older man for a relationship few approved of. They planned to get married, but he left...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:21Our employees are not doing their job
A recent article in another newspaper about the proposed state constitutional amendment to prohibit courts from making decisions about school funding includes this statement: “But supporters argued they’re trying to make sure elected legislators make decisions about state spending instead of unelected judges, according to the Associated Press.”
Our three-branch government system is established to allow checks and balances between the three branches and such an amendment would be contrary to that concept.
In fact, the court probably made it’s decision on school funding because the legislature wasn’t doing it's job. And the legislature’s track record seems to support that...
Written by Rep. Don Schroeder Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:51After a two-day break for turnaround, we are back in Topeka and beginning the second half of session. Only a month remains in regular session so the time for committee hearings, working and passing bills will proceed at a very quick pace.
The plan this year is to pass only one budget bill rather than practice the past practice of passing two. Normally we pass a budget that includes only general fund items before break the first week of April, and then a budget that includes all expenditure items during the wrap-up session the first week of May.
In looking over the items passed to the Senate, a couple stand out. I have mentioned before about the ag bill that made several adjustments to our water laws. We have also passed several changes...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Friday, 29 March 2013 15:21I am sitting here thinking that if one has never owned and driven a convertible in his or her life, they have really missed out on a lot.
One example is the advantage I had in summer 1964. When I got home late from work, I could take a shower and drive down the road with the top down, stand up, have my hair dry in seconds and be ready for the evening.
Here’s a trick that works on my computer—I’m not sure if works on all computers—and is very handy when reading Web pages that you need to scroll down frequently—like when reading some of the sports sites’ message boards.
Hitting the space bar moves the page down one full screen so there is no more manual scrolling and it saves a lot of work. Let me know if it doesn’t...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Friday, 29 March 2013 15:27When we launched the Free Press nearly 14½ years ago, we made our purpose known from the start: “Our mission is to contribute to a stronger and more vibrant community by practicing and promoting the highest standards of journalism for the benefit of our readers and advertisers.” We haven’t waivered from that mission, but we can honestly say our Marion County community has made our mission more achievable simply because we are not alone in this endeavor. Far from it, in fact.
This issue of the Free Press highlights the rich spirit of community we enjoy here. Stories highlight cooperation between citizens, cities and the business community to meet human needs, to improve our shared assets and to provide a tremendous environment for...
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