Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 10 March 2009 13:52There will never be another one like him… one of a kind. Those are a few phrases that others have used to describe my father-in-law Ennis Unruh, who died this past week. I agree completely with those sentiments.
I have known him for three-fourths of my life and for more than half of his—and he was always very good to me.
When I first met him as a 17-year-old, I was a bit intimidated. I was really only interested in his daughter then. The fear soon went away and I was always welcomed at...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 24 March 2009 13:45The announcement Monday by the Kansas Department of Transportation that street projects for Hillsboro and Marion have been approved for federal stimulus-package funding is good news for these two communities. It also hits the target President Obama intended to hit: Create the possibility for additional jobs by helping to fund needed, but otherwise unaffordable, infrastructure projects.
Hillsboro will benefit from a badly needed reworking of two blocks of Ash Street, the town’s major entry way off of U.S. Highway 56. Likewise, the surfacing of Cedar Street from Kellison Avenue to U.S. 56 at Marion will provide a similar boost for that city.
The political and philosophical debate surrounding the president’s stimulus spending will...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 09 May 2007 10:41Bond hits farmers when they’re down
I am very much opposed to the school bond that we will vote on in June. I feel it is more a want and wish list than a needs list. The number of students is declining each year.
The part of the bond proposal that I oppose most is to build a new sports stadium with Tabor College. I do not feel that a private college should be allowed to use tax money to build a new stadium. The school district already has a good football field with lights.
The farmers and land owners will pay a big part of the taxes on this bond. The farmers are having a difficult time with the loss to their wheat crop due to the freeze. Add to this the cost of fuel and fertilizer and equipment.
It seems like this added tax...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 03 March 2009 13:46My wife wants me to wear a sign around my neck that says I’m in a beard growing contest so that my new scraggly look has an explanation for the public. It’s best to grow a beard when you’re sick and indisposed for a while so no one has to see it during the early stages.
In the back of my mind I’m thinking I may not make it to the end of June judging. I have a couple of trade shows and conferences in between where the hairy look would be detrimental.
The power outage last week didn’t affect everyone. While our computers didn’t work for about an hour I walked over to Baker Bros. Printing to see if they knew any more than I did about no power. I heard a manual typewriter clicking in the background and found that Jim...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 17 March 2009 13:54Our county commissioners were wise to heed the advice of constituents who encouraged them not to appointment themselves to the citizens committee being formed to forge a new and better plan for processing and housing local prisoners. The participation of the commissioners on the committee would have created an intimidating presence as citizens begin essentially at square one to understand the current situation and consider all options in pursuit of the most economically responsible solution.
Frankly, we’re surprised—and encouraged—that at least 20 people have stepped forward as possible committee members. We trust the selection process will be representative of the constituency, and we look forward to seeing what the committee...
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