Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 29 September 2009 13:12In my quest for wind, six of the Free Press staffers and I traveled to Chicago this past weekend to attend the Independent Free Papers of America’s fall conference at the Westin O’Hare Hotel.
The Windy City didn’t perform its duty—no wind there either.
We actually didn’t go there for the wind but to learn about the trends in our industry and information to help us do a better job for our customers.
We thank Don and Andrew for staying home to cover sports, and Tina for...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:47The Wichita Eagle sports writer started the article about Wichita Collegiate’s league-title-clinching 35-13 football victory over Halstead on Friday this way: “In Collegiate’s final MCAA game, the Spartans wanted to show the rest of the league what it will miss.”
That’s one way to spin it. Another, equally truthful, take would be: “In Collegiate’s final MCAA game, the Spartans reminded the rest of the league of a key reason why it will be disbanding.”
The eight schools from the Mid-Central Activities Association that agreed several months ago to form the core of the new Central Kansas League would insist the primary reason was to reduce travel—a noble cause. But by adding Pratt and Kingman to the league—likely at...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 19 March 2008 05:32Peabody citizens need to monitor council
At its March 10 meeting, the Peabody City Council sent a message loud and clear to our community and all department heads employed by the city.
Two councilmen and the mayor tried their best to maneuver through the obstacles and smoke screen put before them Monday night by the Peabody Main Street Association. The mayor recommended the council wait until all members could be present to review salaries and the “memorandum of understanding and agreement,” which they have not received.
The mayor advised a council member to abstain from voting because she was a member of the MSA board. The mayor said there could be an ethics question and a backlash from the community. The member said she...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:03n Beginning its 15th year, the Leadership Marion County class is changing its focus to leadership development and training. Half of each monthly session still will be spent in “awareness building” by touring county enterprises, but the other half will be devoted to the leadership classes.
n The Marion city commissioners approved a $25,000 guaranty on the assisted-living facility to be built south of the high school football field.
n Mid-America Marble Products in Marion is planning a Jan. 24 grand opening. The company, owned by David and Laura Yates, custom designs cultured stone used in kitchens, baths and a variety of other areas in homes and commercial buildings.
n After an 0-3 start to the season, the Hillsboro High School...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 02 September 2009 13:33The problems we have been having lately in this country didn’t crop up overnight. Right now the big issue is health-care reform, or health insurance reform, or whatever you’d like to call it. I don’t believe the outcry against it is a result of this one issue.
Big problems have been brewing for many, many years in Washington, D.C. Both parties are in the pockets of special interests, and each has its own special groups to protect—that is how their bread is buttered.
Neither party is immune from this and both are responsible for running up massive debts that in my view are unsustainable.
The solution? Replace the big spenders.
We’re always looking for ways to improve our products and I think we are on to something...
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