Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 28 May 2008 08:18With the graduation season now ended, we add one last word of congratulations to the high school and college students who have earned their respective diplomas and are beginning the next stage of their life journey.
We have no sage advice or insight to offer that they haven’t heard, thought or read over the past few weeks. But most of us, whether we were there 10, 30 or 50 years ago, can recall that mix of excitement and dread as one very familiar stage ends and the next one is looms before...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 14 May 2008 09:42I haven’t been to many college president inaugurations in my time—in fact, I don’t recall attending any until this past Friday night.
The inauguration of Tabor College’s 13th president, Jules Glanzer, was a most impressive evening and it didn’t seem at all like it took an hour and 40 minutes.
Lyndon Vix, chairman of the Tabor College board, did an excellent job of leading this spiritual and landmark event with humor mixed in at the right places throughout the evening. The music provided by the Tabor music department, including the soloists, was equally outstanding.
Judy Harder and her planning committee are to be commended for a job well done.
From the keynote speaker, Leonard Sweet, to the many other notables...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 21 May 2008 07:25The Hillsboro populous may or may not notice that the venerable Folk Festival will not be part of this year’s Memorial Day weekend calendar. That some folks may not notice its absence speaks to the reason for its demise.
The Folk Festival began as Adobe House Days, a celebration of the clay-brick house of that name and the heritage of the pioneer Mennonites who settled here. With time, though, interest in the event waned. Local leaders sought to rebuild it by piggybacking an assortment of “non-ethnic” activities to refresh the event and draw in more people. The name of the event was changed to the Family Folk Festival, or something to that effect.
Ultimately, heroic efforts to attract a following simply were not equal to the...
Written by Joel Klaassen Thursday, 08 May 2008 03:38The deadline for making a reservation for the Hillsboro High School All School Reunion Banquet on Saturday night, May 24, is just around the bend. May 16 to be exact.
The Alumni Association committee is pleased with the response it has been getting from all over the country.
What we’ve noticed is that the numbers from alumni nearby are a little light at this point. Maybe everyone is waiting for the last minute. I’ll have to admit that I’ve not made our reservations yet but will do so this week.
Here’s our opportunity to show up in force and give a big welcome back and show our hospitality to those living at a distance.
In the past we’ve allowed tickets to be sold even the day before the event, but it got us in trouble as...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Thursday, 08 May 2008 03:51The latest expression of political smoke and mirrors seeped into the national crevice last week with the claim by presidential candidates John McCain and Hillary Clinton that what U.S. consumers need to ease their economic pain is a vacation from the federal gasoline tax over the summer months.
This bold initiative, as it turns out, would save the average consumer a whopping $28 on their gasoline bill. Meanwhile, the move would drain federal funding for road construction and maintenance by some $9 billion dollars.
Coming on the heels of Bush’s ill-conceived “economic stimulus package” that will provide a token tax refund for every taxpayer, this latest charade makes perfect sense. Let’s waste more tax money by giving the...
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