Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 11 November 2008 14:11I spent an interesting evening at the courthouse Tuesday night as I followed the election returns and uploaded the info to our Free Press Web site.
When I arrived about 9 p.m. only three of the 12 polling places had been counted and posted. I found a bench with an outlet nearby and plugged in my wireless router and my laptop and hooked up to the Internet.
We had made a template for our breaking news story for the election results ahead of time so all I needed to do was fill in the numbers...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 18 November 2008 14:42Groundbreaking on Saturday for a new athletic facility was a big day for Tabor College and Unified School District 410, equal partners in the $4.4 million project. But it also was a big day for the entire community—and perhaps for other communities across the state of Kansas.
The achievement was more than the promise of a modern arena for Bluejays and Trojans to play football and compete in track and field—although it is certainly that. It was more than overcoming an unfortunate detour through the legal system that may have cost the partners up to $800,000 in increased construction costs over the past 16 months or so.
Saturday was an achievement for collaboration, a common-sense approach for small towns where public and private...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 04 November 2008 14:20My favorite time of the year is when the time changes in my favor, as it did on Sunday. It’s then easy to get up early. Unfortunately, the body clock adjusts and it is back to normal in about a week.
I once said I thought we should have a time change every weekend. In fact I mentioned it the other day and no one had heard me say it before—or least didn’t remember it.
The way it would work is the time would spring forward on Friday night and then fall back again on Sunday night for an extra hour before going back to work on Monday.
That would only work, though, if one has the weekend off.
I am amazed at all of the corn piled up in the “hockey rink” just north and west of the Cooperative Grain & Supply elevator. I...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 11 November 2008 14:04We encourage the Marion County Board of Commissioners to seriously consider the idea suggested by Chairman Bob Hein (Page 1) that the next step in solving the jail issue is to create a “jail committee” that could take the lead in forming a plan for the future.
The challenge likely will be to find enough volunteers willing to put in the kind of time that may be necessary to accomplish this task. But in principle, making a cooperative effort to tackle this challenge could go a long way to pull the county together as we go from here. If we can work together now to solve the jail issue, maybe we can join energy and ideas for additional solutions down the road.
Hein is right in saying there is widespread agreement that something needs...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 28 October 2008 14:26This is the last week before the big Nov. 4 general election. A lot is at stake in both the national, state and local elections.
What is decided on the national level won’t have as much direct affect on us as the county outcome. Nationally, the two-party system that will preserve the status quo. Both parties have run our country in the ditch. Plenty of blame to go around.
Until the special-interest groups are out of the mix we will continue to have earmarks and spending that exceeds what we take in. Too much dishonesty in what the candidates say. It’s sad.
The Marion County jail issue is the biggest election issue for us by far. Based on what we have heard at the meetings held around the county this past week—I went to all...
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