Articles By: Bob Woelk

Hillsboro should look great for festival

Our most noteworthy local event, the annual craft fair, is coming in a couple of weekends. I know not everyone is excited about it as it causes a healthy dose of disruption to our little burg, but I kind of like the adrenaline rush. Sure, all that outside traffic can be a royal pain, but the fair brings in more […]

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All the reasons to miss Obama

I suppose it is the least kept secret in all of Marion County that I am no fan of the current president. I do believe, however, that our former leader, Barack Obama, will be treated much more kindly by history. So, allow me to list the top 10 reasons I, and perhaps others who are similarly minded, miss him now […]

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Exploring the trials of 18-month old twins

We recently had the privilege of hosting our 18-month-old twin grandchildren for the weekend. While it was an absolute joy to have them spend a couple of nights at our house, we needed the next few days and nights to recover. My son jokes that he should start a business to help prospective parents and grandparents toddler-proof their homes. For […]

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Lessons in how to look smarter

Everyone wants to feel smart. Or, at the very least, we all want to look smart. Sometimes, however, it’s easier said than done. It may even be simplest to do the least intelligent thing. For example: Paying full price for anything you buy at Kohl’s or Harbor Freight is not smart. Once you are on the mailing list, you will […]

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Hockey providing reason to watch

This spring, I am much more interested in the National Hockey League playoffs than those of the National Basketball Association. I’m not completely sure why, but I have some ideas why I currently prefer action on the ice to the hardwood. The puck pushers seem less spoiled and somewhat more humble than the ball bouncers. Maybe it’s the fact that […]

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Columnist perplexed by certain questions

Questions I feel must be asked: Why do ants come into my bathroom in the fall and spring? There is nothing for them to eat in the bathtub, but they seem to find their way there. I also have yet to figure out from where they are originating and how they are getting in. While the National Football League seems […]

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Things are starting to slip as age comes

So, I’m about to turn 60 years old. And, it’s kind of blowing my mind. My sister recently came across some old family vacation pictures and posted them. My reaction was simply to marvel at all the time that has passed since those days of childhood and young adulthood. So many memories. I was 21 years old when my best […]

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Some alternative truths for the public

These days, if someone doesn’t like the facts as presented, he or she can simply declare that there are alternative truths. Mind you, they are not lies. Allow me to offer some ATs that if true, would rock the world. Dale Earnhardt was gay. Were this true, NASCAR lovers all over America would be trying to scour away their tattoos. […]

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The copy editor never shuts off

Some random thoughts as we say farewell to 2018 and wonder what 2019 will hold. I saw this sign in Wichita recently: We are ugly house buyers. There is no photo, so I can’t be sure what these realtor wannabes look like, but I am guessing a clearer statement would be: We buy ugly houses. But, I don’t know. Perhaps […]

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More to dig into when it comes to ‘JAP’ tags

I’m sure more than one set of eyes rolled when the news broke that the state of Kansas recalled some 731 license plates with the letters “JAP” on them. Apparently, one of the vehicle tags was spotted in California, and a gentleman there wrote our governor, the Kansas Department of Revenue and the U.S. Department of Transportation to express that […]

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