Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Hearing is not always knowing

After 40-plus years of marriage, one would think a guy would have a clue about what the woman in the house means when she talks. I might fall in the category of having not much of a clue.

I no longer get direct instructions, but rather clues about what I?m supposed to be doing.

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Year end is closing fast upon us

Year end is fast closing in on us and I have to say it has been a good one for the most part. Life can always be better, but it sure can be a lot worse.

At this time we reflect on the past and look to the future. Year 2008 promises to be busy and exciting and maybe a little scary, too.

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We were hit, but not seriously

We who live in the city limits of Hillsboro and Marion have a lot to be thankful for in regard to the power outages that began in this area following the ice storms of last week.

Marion had about an hour of no power and Hillsboro had about nine hours of darkness after the power went out at 5 p.m. Although I personally only had about three hours without power because I went to bed at 8 p.m. Tuesday. When I woke up at 4 a.m. the next day, the power was back on.

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Make this Christmas Brighter

If you?d like to make someone?s Christmas a little brighter this year, there are options available to you.

Both Emprise Bank and Hillsboro State Bank have giving trees for all ages. As of Monday morning there were still unfilled requests at Hillsboro State and Emprise was taking names if more requests came in.

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No need to cheer for Mizzou

I didn?t root for Missouri once during the Big 12 title game on Saturday night.

Since whom I cheered for had absolutely nothing to do with the outcome, it made no sense to cheer for Mizzou. That a Missouri victory helped KU?s chances for a better bowl invitation had nothing to do with anything.

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KU game a “sellout” for greed

I?m still fuming about this past Saturday night?s football game at Arrowhead Stadium. And it?s not because my Jayhawks lost the game. It?s because of the greed that has crept into college sports.

I do pin this loss directly on the backs of the KU administration. What is home-field advantage for if you don?t use it to your advantage?

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Feedback on soap still flows

There must be hundreds of soap welders out there. I can?t remember receiving so much feedback about anything else I have written in this column. And the feedback has come from near and far.

Many can?t believe I didn?t know that you just stick the sliver of old soap to the new bar. Even my sister says our mom used to tie up the soap slivers in a nylon stocking for additional mileage.

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Boomers looking to retire soon?

Beginning Jan. 1, 10,000 baby boomers per day will become eligible for retirement.

How many actually pull the trigger at age 62 remains to be seen. The biggest roadblock I see is health insurance.

f you have been self-employed or are responsible for your own health insurance premiums, a good portion of your monthly income would be taken for the next three years until Medicare eligibility kicks in.

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Free papers subsidize your stamp

Most people probably haven?t stopped to think about the value of
receiving free publications like the Free Press in the mail, in
addition to the content. The latest figure I read was that the
circu?la??tion of free papers in this country is about 90 million
copies per week. A majority of these are sent through the U.S. mail.

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Cancer was unexpected challenge

I never expected to hear the words, ?you have cancer.? Not in a million years. But I heard them on Sept. 11?and that it was prostate cancer in the early stages and would be curable with surgery.

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