Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 21 November 2007 08:40The U.S. economy is fueled by an insatiable desire for more possessions. Our culture preaches the principle that bigger is better and more is always magnificent. Rising higher on corporate and social ladders defines our pursuit of happiness. Power and prestige are the epitome of accomplishment.
Into this materialistic and possessive mayhem comes the antithesis of the American Spirit, a holiday called Thanksgiving. On this day we are challenged to count our blessings, to humbly consider how fortunate we are, to be grateful for small wonders, to contemplate the possibility of being content with the simple extravagance of having family and friends who love us.
Don’t miss this holiday. You will be richer for having experienced it, if...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 14 November 2007 08:40Offering a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for children and families is one of the biggest attractions of small-town living. In fact, it may be the greatest asset rural communities possess for pursuing a viable future. However, defining what constitutes a safe environment is as subjective as defining what constitutes fine art: “I know it when I see it.”
The truth is, people see “safe” differently. That reality takes us to the heart of the recent debate in Hillsboro about the appropriate location—or even the existence, for that matter—of restaurants that may want to offer alcoholic drinks to their clientele.
The most vocal viewpoint infers that the best way to maintain a safe environment is to legally disallow anything...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 07 November 2007 13:57We offer our congratulations to the Hillsboro High School football team, including Coach Len Coryea and his able staff of assistants. The season had its share of frustrations, including two last-second losses toward the start of the season and the loss of a starting quarter at the end. In the face of difficulties, this squad never lost heart. It gave fans a truckload of effort night after night. The season’s 6-5 record is a praiseworthy achievement in a tough league, gentlemen, but your never-say-die spirit made you winners. —DR
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 31 October 2007 13:15The idea of Marion County law enforcement agencies conducting a training exercise to take out an “active shooter” in one of our schools would have been an unimaginable scenario 20 years ago. Maybe even 10 years ago.
The 1999 massacre at Columbine High in Colorado—the most notable of a sad series of in-school shootings—changed our way of seeing the world. Then, the shooting of Amish school children in Pennsylvania last October taught us that the danger to the most innocent of kids comes from beyond as well as within school walls.
It only takes one unbalanced person to spread terror. Only one.
Even as courageous officers train to save us from the unimaginable, each of us must grow more proficient at recognizing and breaking down...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 24 October 2007 11:15A new call
The news that Tabor College has found its next president is good for the institution and those of us who see the profound importance the college plays in the economic, cultural, educational and spiritual health of the Hillsboro community.
We are familiar with the search committee’s selection, Jules Glanzer, from past associations. His professional career has taken new directions during the ensuing years. We have confidence in the judgment of the search committee to know how he has been shaped and now equipped for the presidency. But from past connection, we know the president-elect to be a man of rock-solid character and a compassionate heart. We look forward to his service in our community and beyond. —DRWinners
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