Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 29 September 2009 13:12In my quest for wind, six of the Free Press staffers and I traveled to Chicago this past weekend to attend the Independent Free Papers of America’s fall conference at the Westin O’Hare Hotel.
The Windy City didn’t perform its duty—no wind there either.
We actually didn’t go there for the wind but to learn about the trends in our industry and information to help us do a better job for our customers.
We thank Don and Andrew for staying home to cover sports, and Tina for...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 06 October 2009 13:41We’ve all had a fix-up project go wrong. Usually, we’re the only ones adversely affected by our misjudgment, but sometimes the neighbors feel the brunt of it, too. That’s the case for the city of Hillsboro and its chip-seal project on D Street in late September. The resulting cloud of dust that persisted for days afterward and settled on either side of the street was an annoying inconvenience for almost everyone—and carried some negative financial impact for a few businesses.
In a phone conversation on Monday, City Administrator Larry Paine, who was out of town on city business, asked us to pass on his apology for this recent turn of events. He said the type of gravel used in the project was an attempt by the city to save...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 19 March 2008 05:32Peabody citizens need to monitor council
At its March 10 meeting, the Peabody City Council sent a message loud and clear to our community and all department heads employed by the city.
Two councilmen and the mayor tried their best to maneuver through the obstacles and smoke screen put before them Monday night by the Peabody Main Street Association. The mayor recommended the council wait until all members could be present to review salaries and the “memorandum of understanding and agreement,” which they have not received.
The mayor advised a council member to abstain from voting because she was a member of the MSA board. The mayor said there could be an ethics question and a backlash from the community. The member said she...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 13 January 2009 14:04FIVE YEARS AGO
n Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Marion County Sheriff’s office, removed the remaining animals from an exotic-animal confinement located between Peabody and Burns. In all 10 animals were removed, including three tigers, three lions and two leopards.
n The Marion County Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility that enough money might be left over following the closure of the old solid-waste landfill southwest of Marion to fund a new position for a county economic development director.
n Sheriff Lee Becker warned seniors especially about a scam involving the sale of lightning rods and associated equipment at prices higher than normal. Three elderly people in the area had...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 02 September 2009 13:33The problems we have been having lately in this country didn’t crop up overnight. Right now the big issue is health-care reform, or health insurance reform, or whatever you’d like to call it. I don’t believe the outcry against it is a result of this one issue.
Big problems have been brewing for many, many years in Washington, D.C. Both parties are in the pockets of special interests, and each has its own special groups to protect—that is how their bread is buttered.
Neither party is immune from this and both are responsible for running up massive debts that in my view are unsustainable.
The solution? Replace the big spenders.
We’re always looking for ways to improve our products and I think we are on to something...
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