Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 25 August 2009 13:33In August 1953 our parents took my three siblings and me on a month-long trip to the West Coast. It was an ambitious undertaking, as costs were still relative for that period.
I know we stayed with many of my parents’ relatives out and back, but we also stayed in a few motels along the way. This was before the big chains emerged, and you were never sure how clean the rooms would be. My mom would ask to see a room; if it didn’t meet her standards, it was back in the car until we found one...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 01 September 2009 13:14Enthusiasm is building for the start of the fall sports seasons. A few teams have already competed. We may be spitting in the wind to bring this up, but now is the time to remind ourselves that modeling good sportsmanship is as noble an aspiration as achieving a winning record. This is true for coaches and players, but especially for fans who, when you stop to think about it, really have no other commendable contribution to make to the competitive environment.
Cheer fanatically and positively for your team. Refrain from bad-mouthing officials as well as opposing coaches and players (as well as those on your own team). Whatever would embarrass you if you said it or did it in church, don’t do it in the stands either. You represent your...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 16 January 2008 16:25State’s needs require leadership priorities
The article last week (Jan. 9) giving Rep. Don Dahl’s take on the upcoming Kansas legislative session seems to be setting a low expectation for anything being accomplished other than the typical partisan sniping over taxes.
In the entire article I did not read a reference to any of the many issues that need to be addressed, such as:
Water policy. This paper reported a few weeks ago that Marion County cities that obtain water from the Marion Reservoir may face supply problems in the next five years and the loss of the source in 20 years.
The quality of the water continues to be compromised by siltation from the watershed. This surface-water situation and lowering groundwater...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 04 November 2008 14:17n A plea was made for volunteers to help with the next stage of shoreline stabilization at Marion Reservoir planned for Nov. 10. Volunteers would be asked to cut large cedar trees, operate a tool similar to a jack hammer and attach anchor chains around the trunks of trees placed along the shoreline near Cottonwood Point.
n Zane Unruh, 19, of the Goessel High School FFA chapter, was named the national winner of the Proficiency Award Area of Emerging Agriculture Techology—Entrepreneurship/Placement at the 2003 national FFA convention in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 31. Unruh’s work has included developing high-tech maps and downloading data to help make the family farm more profitable.
n The Hillsboro High cross-county team finished as...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 18 August 2009 14:11Technology has sure changed our behavior collectively as a society. Think of all the time it saves and all the time it also takes.
It used to be we just went to bed at night and got up in the morning, read the paper, ate breakfast and went to work.
Now we plug our phones into the charger before jumping into bed and possibly check e-mail in case something important is in the in box—then check e-mail first thing in the morning and the Facebook page, too, if we have one. Not to mention a few select Web sites like KU sports for me and a couple of news sites too.
Now I’m finally in the smart-phone arena. All of those things I mentioned above are now in my pocket. What a deal.
We just revamped our cell phone service at the Free...
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