Letter to the Editor
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 23 June 2009 09:35County generous toward Relay For Life
As chair of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life committee, I would like to thank residents of Marion County for their generosity and support.
Twenty-two teams participated in this year’s event, raising more than $49,500 for the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and service programs.
The outstanding support received proves the people of Marion County are truly committed to the fight against cancer.
I want to applaud the survivors and caregivers who participated in the opening lap and the survivor recognition. They are the reason we continue the fight because each year there can be more and more people living wonderful lives following a diagnosis...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 02 June 2009 14:07MYAC grateful for community support
The Marion Youth Activity Committee wishes to send its gratitude to the Marion community and surrounding residents.
On May 23, the committee held the first, and hopefully annual, art auction called “Art at the Elgin” to benefit the effort to develop a youth center for the youth in the area.
The monetary outcome was over $1,500 and will be matched by the Thrivent Foundation, with the ending balance of $3,000 to go toward the purchase of the building for the youth center.
We would like to thank Jim Cloutier, owner of the Elgin. His willingness to allow our group to have this special event in his beautifully remodeled bed and breakfast ballroom, made the event elegant and created an...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 19 May 2009 14:41Goessel loses a friend of the community
Notice came that Robert Wiesian of Milwaukee, Wis., passed away April 15.
Wiesian became acquainted with residents of Goessel in about 1984 as he wrote to the mayor, at that time Dave Schrag, inquiring how the town came by its name.
I responded in a letter about the Captain Kurt Von Goessel sinking with his ship the Elbe in 1895, and Postmaster Dr. Peter Richert then naming the new post office “Goessel”
Wiesian wrote back, explaining that he was a relative of the captain, and they knew all about him and his family. Wiesian filled in many details of this family and story not previously known in Kansas.
Robert Wiesian was a retired newspaperman. He worked as an editor and...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 May 2009 13:27Time for cities to correct their mistake
I would like to thank Alan Goldsby for his factual and informative letter concerning the lawsuit over atrazine (May 6 issue).
Sometimes it is too easy to be persuaded when notified of a pending lawsuit and join a class action lawsuit without having accurate and complete information.
We have quality leaders in Hillsboro and Marion who have been chosen to make decisions on our behalf. My hope is that they will make their decisions on more than an opportunity at an easy dollar and do appropriate research before joining an action such as this.
It would be appropriate for those leaders to now recognize that a mistake has been made and withdraw from participating in this lawsuit. This would...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 May 2009 13:50Bringing reason to the atrazine issue
A recent action taken by the governing bodies of the cities of Hillsboro and Marion has renewed the topic of water quality for our communities. Specifically, the use of the crop protection product atrazine.
One opinion published previously in a local paper included the statement, “...the capacity that pesticides have to alter our lives has been grossly underestimated.” I think we should consider that for a moment.
Consider but a few benefits of using crop protection products:
n Lower cost of food. USDA study showed organically grown produce weed control could cost up to $1,000 per acre versus $50 per acre for conventionally grown produce.
n Non-use of herbicides would...
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