Articles By: Joel Klaassen

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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We don’t know all things?

Lately we?ve become the house of information at the Free Press. I?m not complaining, as we take it as a compliment that folks think we know what is going on everywhere and where to find almost anything in these parts.

It?s also a welcome switch from people telling me where to go.

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Is delaying a game a new thing?

When the Marion vs. Hillsboro football game was delayed this past Friday night, I was trying to remember if games were ever delayed in the old days. And I couldn?t remember it ever happening.

Then it also happened in Lawrence prior to and during the KU-Baylor game Saturday. I can?t remember it ever happening while I was living there back in the ?60s and ?70s.

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Local paper deliverers work hard

I was reminded last week of something that I already knew. Our home-delivery carriers are special people. Most of them are middle-school age boys and girls. Delivering the paper is one of their first jobs.

When one of our carriers came in last Tuesday with her bundles of papers (about 100 in all) and told me she was ill and couldn?t make the route, I decided to do it myself rather than find someone else to do it.

I soon found out it isn?t the easiest thing and takes a bit of perseverance. And it wasn?t even raining or cold outside, plus each paper is heavy.

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All-School reunion is still annual

Mark Twain?s observation, ?The reports of my demise are grossly exaggerated,? can also be applied to the HHS All-School Reunion.

Contrary to what might have been said recently, the all-school reunion will not be held less frequently. It will be held each year on the Saturday night before Mem?orial Day, as it has since 2000. An All School Reunion committee will be taking over the event, so stay tuned.

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