Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Ford deal is a real benefit

Drive 4 UR School has become a big deal in this area. It is put on by Hillsboro Ford to benefit all Marion County schools. This year more than $4,000 were raised for the schools in Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody and Goessel. Hillsboro received the largest amount of because of the numbers who showed up to drive. I’m sure the other […]

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Reunion weekend went well

Transitioning into retirement has been harder than I thought. I have been extremely busy at work. Believe me, I am not complaining. The work just keeps coming without me doing anything to make it happen. If you know enough people, the word gets around. • This old boy decided to drive into the city and have lunch at a fancy restaurant and […]

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Weather is a game changer

I have never been to a sporting event where I had to go home because of lightning. In fact, when I was in high school or college I don’t believe there was any protocol for lightning shutting down activities. One time when we played Augusta in football at the old Memorial football field, the game was called at the half […]

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Thoughts lost in my memory

If you are like me, I think of things I am going to tell my wife, and then when it comes time, I can’t remember it. I had two things on my mind last week, but when it came time to spill it out, I couldn’t. But there’s still hope. As time goes by, things will trigger the memory and […]

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Deadline nears for reunion

Attention Hillsboro High School Alums: The deadline to sign up for the all-school reunion is coming up fast. It is Friday, Sept. 8, before the price goes up. You can still buy a banquet ticket at the door, but then you will miss out on all of the other fun things to do over the Hillsboro High School Homecoming Weekend, […]

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‘Common man’ out of luck?

Net neutrality is the principle that internet pro­viders such as Comcast and Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million comments won strong net neutrality rules from the U.S. Federal Com­mun­ication Commis­sion (FCC). The rules prohibit internet providers from blocking, throttling and paid prioritization—“fast lanes” for sites that pay, […]

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Canceling a service is tough

It took me only 34 minutes to cancel our DirecTV subscription the other even­ing. I kid you not. What could be simpler than ending an agreement that was more than two years old? That is how long you have to sign up for before being penalized for cancelling. I finally told the woman not to talk to me anymore. Just […]

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Pickleball rising in Lawrence

I had never witnessed pickleball being played until I went with Dave Ranney to Sports Pavilion Lawrence on the west edge of town. It is an awesome facility with at least six full-size basketball courts, a soccer field with artificial grass, a gymnastics room for kids and six pickleball courts. This is just in one building. It also has indoor […]

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Uber comes to Hillsboro

It was only a matter of time before Uber hit Hillsboro. Yes, Hillsboro has its first Uber driver. And you will be riding in a shiny Town and Country Chrysler van. I’ve already paid for a ride that I haven’t taken yet. The Hillsboro Uber guy is Tanner Giffin, who used to be our neighbor but still lives nearby across […]

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Political hate ruins discourse

I am still having a love/hate relationship with social media. I love seeing photos of family and friends and what they are up to, but the political hate that appears all too frequently I could do without. I seldom look at it anymore, but I know there are others who live on it. • My rule on pie. Take the […]

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