Letter to the Editor
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:07Now work begins to save money on jail
County officials now have the means to finance the new jail construction. Their real work now begins as they finalize the building design.
The sales tax issue basically provides the maximum amount to be spent on the jail. It does not set the minimum nor does it mandate that all of the tax revenue has to be spent. Less can be spent and the tax would end earlier.
Every detail of the design must be reviewed and any unnecessary items removed. This includes the large items as well as the small $5 type items.
Everything must be questioned. Do we need this many cells? Can we use 36-inch ceiling fans instead of 54-inch? Do we need all the offices, conference rooms, recreation areas, storage areas...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 April 2011 14:57Closing of day care
As we all have heard, Kids Connection daycare and preschool is being forced by the church to close its doors in as little as two months. As a parent of children that go there, I am so saddened that such a wonderful thing for our community children will no longer be.
Along with being sad, I am very angry. As parents, we were never even informed that there were “reasons” to close this facility until after the closing announcements were already made. The Kids Connection staff couldn’t even answer our questions because they were not properly informed of what was going on.
Couldn’t we have tried to maybe resolve these problems, if we had been informed of what was going on? Couldn’t we...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 29 March 2011 15:11Hillsboro?does not want the county seat
A reporter on the Marion County Record’s website last week anonymously quoted “a prominent Marion resident” as saying “prominent interests in Hillsboro were opposed to the tax and new jail it would help finance because ‘they want to get the county seat away from Marion.’”
Either the reporter gullibly took the person’s joke as a serious comment, or the person quoted is sadly misinformed. In my 27 years as mayor, I have never been involved in, or aware of, any discussion suggesting that Hillsboro should try to become the county seat, much less manipulate an election toward such an end.
I would hope anyone who read that comment would see it for what it is: absolute...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:31Second disabilities meeting planned
On behalf of Parents as Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (PAID of Marion County) we would like to thank those folks who attended our public forum Feb. 17 in Hillsboro.
Thank-you to the city of Hillsboro for allowing us to use the west room of their city building to meet. Everyone gave up the beautiful outdoors that evening to come and listen and bring their ideas to the table.
It was a wonderful meeting of community members of our county. Parents attended who had children with disabilities who were even as young as 2 years old.
Parents are thinking ahead, and their interest at this point in their children’s lives is a testament to Marion County. They plan to reside here for the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 15 March 2011 14:48Wrong Wright linked to mayor’s race
I heard a funny story last week that some people believed I am running for mayor. This is not so.
Doug and I (formerly Hillsboro’s Chrysler dealer) appreciate all the years Delores Dalke has worked as mayor to help Hillsboro, and especially our business community.
We hope Hillsboro will vote for her again.
Execute more often and more quickly
We again see “bleating hearts” plead mercy for the criminal facing the consequences of his or her capital crime (Letters, March 9). But not one word for the victim that also pleaded “mercy.” Then suddenly the words change to how much money we could save abolishing capital punishment. Seems mercy for the...
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