Written by Don Ratzlaff Thursday, 27 December 2007 06:20Transitions are inevitable and usually for the better. But that doesn’t mean we can’t feel sad about them when they signal the conclusion of something that has been very good. That’s how we see the upcoming retirement of Tabor College President Larry Nikkel.
Of course, we congratulate him on a job well done, and wish him a long and healthy retirement because he so richly deserves one. But the truth is we’ll miss the positive outlook, congenial personality and organizational genius...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:49If you’d like to make someone’s Christmas a little brighter this year, there are options available to you.
Both Emprise Bank and Hillsboro State Bank have giving trees for all ages. As of Monday morning there were still unfilled requests at Hillsboro State and Emprise was taking names if more requests came in.
Main Street Ministries also has needs you can help fill now, as well as any time of the year.
If you’re in the giving spirit you can find options everywhere if you take the time to seek them out.
The 24-hour sidewalk snow-clearing edict from the Hillsboro City Council seems to be working. Everyone was out in full force clearing off the ice, sleet and snow from this past weekend’s wintry mix.
The question was...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 18 December 2007 19:50Once more we citizens of Marion County owe a huge debt of gratitude to the utility crews and emergency responders who gave so much time and energy to help our communities recover from power outages during last week’s ice storm. True, they were compensated for their efforts, but working long hours in cold weather and away from family and friends is a less than desireable gig.
It’s hard to believe the ice storm of 2005, similar to this one in so many ways, occurred almost three years ago. But we remember the sacrifices our civil servants made then on our behalf, and we are equally appreciative now. We trust that all county residents still without power will join our chorus of praise once the job is completed. —DR
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 05 December 2007 14:41I didn’t root for Missouri once during the Big 12 title game on Saturday night.
Since whom I cheered for had absolutely nothing to do with the outcome, it made no sense to cheer for Mizzou. That a Missouri victory helped KU’s chances for a better bowl invitation had nothing to do with anything.
It does show there is very little room at the top. When the stakes are high, whatever happened before is meaningless.
It is always great to have son Dan home for a few days. It is also fun to have his buddies over for a meal and hear about the shenanigans they pulled when they were just out of high school and sowing their oats.
I’m jealous I didn’t think of some of the stuff they did.
When the state switched from four to eight...
Written by Doug Anstaett / Kansas Press Association Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:58December is famous for Christmas Day and Pearl Harbor Day, but how many of you know the significance of Dec. 15? It’s Bill of Rights Day, a day set aside each year to remember what it is that makes America unique from most other countries around the world.
Those first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution are critical to our nation’s freedom.
While Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Ben Franklin fought for independence, you might be surprised to learn that George Mason is considered the Father of the Bill of Rights.
Why Mason? Because in his call for independence from Great Britain, he wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which later became the basis for our own statement of individual rights in America.
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