Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 06 December 2011 17:41After more than 13 years in business, we still have people asking how we can publish and distribute a newspaper at no charge. Let’s just say it has been Christmas in Marion County, and a few areas beyond county lines, every week since Aug. 12, 1998.
More seriously, though, the paper comes to you free each week solely on advertising revenue. Without the advertising support we would not be in business. And we sometimes get the impression that some people think that in a newspaper called the Free Press everything should be free.
In the broader sense, the “Free” in Free Press refers to freedom of speech. It would make everything much easier if everything was free but that only works when your parents are paying the bills.
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:02I’ve thought for the past 20 years or so if you are wishing you had the same income or living conditions as someone else, then get the training and do what gets you to that place in life.
In some cases that would work, but in most cases it would not. For example, I could not have become a professional basketball player as I was too short, too slow and didn’t have natural talent. Or a professional singer—doesn’t one have to be able to sing well?
Becoming a U.S. congressman is coveted by many people. But it, too, is not very attainable, as it is a private club that is very difficult to break into unless you already are well-connected or have lots of money and influence.
Or you can choose to be happy where you are in life and...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 22 November 2011 15:50Why is it a repair around the home or office always takes three times longer than expected?
Two Saturdays ago I was going to replace a really gross and stained sink in one of our office bathrooms.
I thought I had everything I needed before starting, but ended up making at least two trips to the hardware store. I am glad they choose to be open on Saturday afternoon. In fact, I don’t try any repair without knowing I can get what I need.
Anyway, I had a used sink I found in the shed in the back that was much better than the one we had. So I took the old one off and then discovered that the hangers were too far apart to work with the replacement sink.
I nearly jumped and yelled at the pharmacy when Myrna told me I could save...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 15 November 2011 15:41I got up Sunday morning thinking it would be routine. Many times on arising, I first check my e-mail and then other social media. This Sunday wasn’t routine.
I had to read it twice on a former colleague’s post that a mutual colleague of ours had died unexpectedly. I googled Les Anderson’s name and read on the Wichita Eagle’s website that he had died of a heart attack the evening before at the age of 62.
It was a total shock. Les was one of the best journalists there ever was. We worked together at the Wichita Sun in the 1970s and have stayed friends and in touch ever since.
Currently, he was a professor of journalism at the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University. Before that he was co-owner of the Ark...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 08 November 2011 15:55I am in charge of study hall at the Cameli household this afternoon but I’m not getting much cooperation so far.
The boys and I just walked up to a little shopping area and had some lunch at the Victory Sandwich Shop. We all had the “Castro,” which was pulled pork, ham, cheese and mustard on a very thin sandwich bun that was pressed on a grill. Quite tasty, I must say.
Then we found some chocolate cookies at another place just up the street.
George is playing in the 11th annual Bosnian Open Golf Tournament and Amy and Nancy are out shopping at one of the fancy malls.
Something is going on all the time in the neighborhood down here, so it seems.
Yesterday was the “Chomp and Stomp” Chili Cookoff in Cabbage Town, which...
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