Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 14 November 2007 08:33Beginning Jan. 1, 10,000 baby boomers per day will become eligible for retirement.
How many actually pull the trigger at age 62 remains to be seen. The biggest roadblock I see is health insurance.
f you have been self-employed or are responsible for your own health insurance premiums, a good portion of your monthly income would be taken for the next three years until Medicare eligibility kicks in.
Seventy degrees in the middle of November seems a bit odd, but the cold temps will get here soon enough. Ice and snow at Thanksgiving is always a possibility in these parts.
I’ve never been a hunter, but I know hot weather doesn’t bode well for this popular fall sport.
We are really excited about a big event coming up this...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 07 November 2007 13:50Most people probably haven’t stopped to think about the value ofreceiving free publications like the Free Press in the mail, inaddition to the content. The latest figure I read was that thecirculation of free papers in this country is about 90 millioncopies per week. A majority of these are sent through the U.S. mail.
What that means is that your first-class postage stamp is subsidized a great deal by saturation mailers like us. The average family doesn’t spend thousands of dollars per week on postage stamps yet is able to send a birthday card to grandma anywhere in the United States for only 41¢.
Couldn’t happen without the revenue from the big mailers.
We recently ran a front page story about the feral cat...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 31 October 2007 13:10I never expected to hear the words, “you have cancer.” Not in a million years. But I heard them on Sept. 11—and that it was prostate cancer in the early stages and would be curable with surgery.
I don’t share this story looking for sympathy. I want to share it because I learned that prostate cancer will affect one in 11 men during a lifetime and that the knowledge I gained might be helpful for someone else.
It’s been quite a journey since July, when my regular blood work showed my Prostate-Specific Antigen was slightly elevated but had spiked quite a bit since the last PSA. The PSA is the bench line for gaining clues to the possibility of prostate cancer—and it doesn’t hurt one bit. From here on, though, it does hurt a...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 24 October 2007 10:58Lately we’ve become the house of information at the Free Press. I’m not complaining, as we take it as a compliment that folks think we know what is going on everywhere and where to find almost anything in these parts.
It’s also a welcome switch from people telling me where to go.
People always find it hard to believe I have never taken a day of chemistry or biology in the entire 16 years I went to school. I guess I did have a touch of it in P.J.’s general science class.
In college I took geography and geology for my lab science courses. I was tempted to be come a weatherman for a couple of weeks while we studied climate in geography. We didn’t study climate change, just studied climate for a change.
Even though I...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 17 October 2007 13:30When the Marion vs. Hillsboro football game was delayed this past Friday night, I was trying to remember if games were ever delayed in the old days. And I couldn’t remember it ever happening.
Then it also happened in Lawrence prior to and during the KU-Baylor game Saturday. I can’t remember it ever happening while I was living there back in the ’60s and ’70s.
One of the weirdest weather nights for a football game was in the early ’60s when Augusta came to Hillsboro. The games were still played at Memorial Field and there weren’t very many lights and the poles weren’t very high.
A really cold rain started during the first half. We were losing—and then the lights started popping. Actually, the glass was breaking...
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