PARTLY NONSENSE

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JOEL KLAASSEN
It was pointed out to me recently that Hillsboro Heights is one of the lowest elevations in town. From uptown, at least, it’s downhill all the way on a bicycle.

It’s been a little more than a year since the new streets have been completed in downtown Hillsboro and I have not heard one person tell me they miss the old stoplight.

Time goes by quickly. In looking through issues of the Free Press a year ago, I reviewed announcements of Vogt’s new supermarket opening and Dale’s remodeling and expansion.

I wonder if Republicans have been through their refrigerators and cleaned out all of the Heinz Ketchup bottles.

I put some Heinz on my hot dogs on Saturday, but not by choice. I actually prefer mustard, but the container was empty. It may not have been politically correct to eat that because it was French’s.

Turbidity.

At a recent Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce luncheon we learned from our city administrator that the Environmental Protection Agency continually forces small cities like ours to spend more and more money on making our water cleaner and cleaner.

Before these latest regulations, as I understand it, 5 parts per billion of “stuff” was OK in the city water supply. While we were abiding by those levels, no one became ill and no problems were apparent.

Now, we are required to reduce the particles of “stuff” to 0.5 parts per billion-at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Seems to me the money could be better spent elsewhere.

It makes me turbid just thinking about it. Apparently, the EPA is some sort of governmental arm that has no face to go with it. Not even legislators know how to make contact with them (it).

I don’t know how many people read the Wall Street Journal regularly, but every time I read it I am intrigued with the information it contains.

A recent issue spoke of the glut of hard drives in the world. All of the hard-drive makers are losing tons of money with no chance in sight of making any profit.

The article said that when hard drives were first manufactured, the cost of 1 megabite of storage space was about $512,000. Now 1 MB of drive space is about $1. I recently bought a 200MB drive for $89, which is insane. It was such a good price I actually bought two.

To reduce the supply, manufacturers recently dumped drives in Asia-only to find those same drives back in the U.S. market competing with them again.

It costs only 50¢ to ship a drive across the ocean.

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