Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 17 October 2007 13:30When the Marion vs. Hillsboro football game was delayed this past Friday night, I was trying to remember if games were ever delayed in the old days. And I couldn’t remember it ever happening.
Then it also happened in Lawrence prior to and during the KU-Baylor game Saturday. I can’t remember it ever happening while I was living there back in the ’60s and ’70s.
One of the weirdest weather nights for a football game was in the early ’60s when Augusta came to Hillsboro. The games...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 03 October 2007 13:38A recent renewed call for merging the Marion and Hillsboro hospitals is a topic worth pursuing. But it also highlights the larger issue facing Marion County: We need more people. Right now, we have too few to pay for some of the major projects we feel would benefit us in the long run.
It’s a vicious circle. We want new and progressive projects so more people are enticed to make their home in Marion County. But the tax revenue required to pay for these public project requires a higher tax rate. At some point that makes Marion County a less inviting destination for potential residents and homeowners, and may even encourage the departure of the ones who already live here.
We work at a variety of levels to bring in new jobs that, in...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 10 October 2007 11:45I was reminded last week of something that I already knew. Our home-delivery carriers are special people. Most of them are middle-school age boys and girls. Delivering the paper is one of their first jobs.
When one of our carriers came in last Tuesday with her bundles of papers (about 100 in all) and told me she was ill and couldn’t make the route, I decided to do it myself rather than find someone else to do it.
I soon found out it isn’t the easiest thing and takes a bit of perseverance. And it wasn’t even raining or cold outside, plus each paper is heavy.
Here is an amazing small-world story I heard when I went to the apparel market with Nancy a few weeks ago.
One of her sales reps was invited to go to New York to...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 26 September 2007 08:12What is the purpose of a high school homecoming week? From the word itself, one might assume it would have something do with people “coming home” to a particular place of origin—as in alumni returning as honored guests to the old alma mater in order to reconnect with former classmates and embellish a few memories. And yet very few (if any) homecoming events are actually planned with alumni in mind. Sure, “the public” is invited to a downtown parade and pep rally, to observe the coronation of a queen and king and to cheer the home team to gridiron victory. But we are observers only. In truth “homecoming” is actually all about current students who are already “home.”
This sounds like a complaint, but it really isn’t...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 03 October 2007 13:37Mark Twain’s observation, “The reports of my demise are grossly exaggerated,” can also be applied to the HHS All-School Reunion.
Contrary to what might have been said recently, the all-school reunion will not be held less frequently. It will be held each year on the Saturday night before Memorial Day, as it has since 2000. An All School Reunion committee will be taking over the event, so stay tuned.
Congratulations to our office manager and accountant Nicole Suderman and her husband, Kevin, on the birth of Colby James. Nicole runs a tight ship at the office, so it’s no fluke the little guy arrived right on time.
Baby Colby, Mom and Grandma Williams stopped by Friday so we could be introduced. He is very good looking...
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