Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Not easy being on same page

I am wondering if others have this problem with their significant others. My wife and I are seldom on the same page when it comes to hearing just exactly what the other one said. OK, it is me. The other day I had a meeting at 11:30 that I used to take my lunch to eat while we meet. Lately I […]

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Losing a pillar at the Free Press

This entire column will be about my former partner and good friend Don Ratzlaff. As of last week’s issue, he has moved on to other pastures. I am sure that Tabor College will be very happy with what Don brings to the table in their communications office. Just between you and me, 20 years is a very long time to […]

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Concert, friends in Lawrence

One of the things that makes me crazy is thinking of things to write about, and then forgetting them by the time I get to it. I have never been very good at taking notes, which I could be much better at doing, but new skills are not on my horizon right now, so I will wing it like I […]

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High speed internet is exciting

I am really liking my new internet with Eagle. The speed tests I’ve have been right where I thought it should be—except one time when it was 10 mega­bytes slower than I thought it should be. Upload speed has not been affected when I have tested it. I am truly amazed at what is available to stream these days from […]

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Gas prices were way low in ’65

Does anyone remember when you could buy a gallon of gas in Hillsboro for 22¢ and have your oil checked and the front floor mats vacuumed to boot? I did in 1965. There was no such thing as self-service and gas was always available on Sundays because the stations took turns being open on Sunday so people could fill their […]

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Flying was tough on my arms

We just flew in from Atlanta, and man, are my arms tired. I may have used this before, but I don’t care. ◼ I think older people like me start to feel like they don’t need to make any excuses for what they say or how they act. I have noticed it myself recently, and I need to stop it. […]

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Grandson graduates in style

We spent five days last week in Atlanta to attend the high school graduation of our youngest grandson, Louis, at the Georgia World Congress Center. He graduated from Grady High School, as did brother Alex two years prior. I think there were more than 300 in his class. They all walked across the stage to get their diplomas from the […]

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Former staff back for advice

Last week was exciting, and this next week won’t be any less exciting. In fact the whole summer is filling up with lots of activity for us. Last Friday I reconnected with a longtime friend and former sales associate at the Free Press, David Hanigar. He and Dr. Kim Hanigar, formerly of the Hillsboro Family Prac­tice Clinic, moved back to […]

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Glasses lost, but not gone

I think it might be harder for me than I thought. The other day I was cleaning up around the outside of the house and was dumping the debris in our trash container that we put out at the street every Wednesday. I usually have my reading glasses hanging from a magnetic hook that fastens to my shirt with magnets. It […]

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Upgrades mean buy more stuff

I have a new—rather an old—pet peeve. It makes me want to tear my hair out. It really doesn’t matter which large corporation we talk about, they are always coming out with new products that require new accessories to use them. When you upgrade your phone for example, the charger you had for the phone from the same company doesn’t […]

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