Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 19 March 2008 05:27I’ve lived in Hillsboro for two-thirds of my life, and I still must not know my directions.
Mot Ttelp pulled me aside and said he had also played in the old Tabor College barn, but corrected me on where I located it in last week’s column. It was actually south across the old highway, and not west of the college.
Ever since we moved here from Minnesota in 1955 I have been a quarter turn off on my directions. Up there, east is north, so I must have lapsed into the northern direction...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 26 March 2008 09:29USD 410’s latest budget challenge is surprising only in its timing. Word of an ongoing enrollment decline within the district has surfaced every so often. Most of us simply got used to the way the administration was able to absorb the accompanying reductions in state aid with little or no visible impact from the outside. Now to hear somewhat suddenly and urgently that the situation is serious enough to consider staff reductions is disconcerting.
The enrollment numbers USD 410 is tracking suggest the budget challenge is not a one-time anomaly. From September 1997 to September 2007, the enrollment of students in the district declined from 782 to 607, a loss of 175 students over 10 years. If the trend holds true as projected, the...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 12 March 2008 09:01I’ve been shaving for more than 40 years now and I’ve never shaved in the shower until last week.
The cord was barely long enough.
Actually I don’t use an electric razor. I just made that up, and here’s where that came from.
Don and I sometimes ask each other if we know of anything new that the other should know about. So I asked Don if he ever shaved in the shower. He said no because he has an electric shaver.
My wife is smart in a lot of ways, and I can thank her once more for coming up with the idea of inexpensive shelving for our new office in the apartment.
All it cost was a gallon of vinegar. How’s that, you say?
We used the wooden shelving from her store that has been in the basement of her building...
Written by Doug Anstaett / Executive Director, KPA Wednesday, 19 March 2008 05:35After a long winter, it seems everyone is in the mood for some sunshine. It couldn’t be a better time to celebrate National Sunshine Week, a time for the citizens of Kansas to recommit themselves to the ideals of open government.
National Sunshine Week is March 16 through 22. Why should Kansans care about this?
Because, unfortunately, there are dozens of incidents where public officials have fallen far short of what state law requires.
The Kansas Press Association’s 240 member newspapers try to do their part to make sure public bodies are following the law, but they need your help. Citizens who take their democratic form of government seriously can provide effective oversight when they attend meetings, seek records or simply...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 05 March 2008 14:18This is about sounds that go beep in the night. Once in a while my cell phone makes beeps during the night, like a low battery warning or that I have a voice message. I would really like to turn it off, but my world requires that I be available for problems that crop up day or night.
Early Sunday we had a different beep in the night. It wouldn’t quitso I got up to investigate. After stumbling around for a while Ilearned it was our oven telling us it was malfunctioning. Error code F7.
Ireset the clear/off button and went back to bed. A few minutes later itstarted all over again, wanting us to know that it still needed help.
A quick trip down to the breaker box silenced it for good but that also means the oven doesn’t...
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