Category: Opinion

Hillsboro mayor highlights recent months of progress

In the past 22 months we have seen a lot of things accomplished in Hillsboro. Streets and waterline improvements probably top the list in terms of financial investment. D Street was resurfaced, Grand, 1st and Wilson Streets have been rebuilt with new water lines under them. AMR (Automated Meter Read) water meters have been installed in the areas where we […]

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Introduction to Community Capsules

There has been a lot of change in Hillsboro over the past year and a half since the last State of the City came out. In fact, a different editor was in charge of the project the last time the Free Press put it together. So it was an honor for me to be able to work closely with the […]

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Marion mayor outlines community accomplishments

Our largest accomplishment to date as a community has been the downtown revitalization project. After 39 years, the original dreams have been brought forward to reality through creative project and financial management. The community wide “Street Dance & Ribbon Cutting” was a tremendous testament to the power of community. But this has only been the capstone community project. We’ve accomplished […]

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Catching up on a few things

There are two things I forgot to mention in my reflections of a 73-year-old column. After rereading it I came up with two more things I am extremely grateful for. ◼ One is a trip we made to my sister Elaine’s house in Minneapolis last Thanksgiving in my sister Janet and brother-in-law Orvin’s 15-passenger van with their two boys Jon […]

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Letters to the Editor (10-30-19)

Since embarking on my latest venture of Edwards Cafe for the good of our communities, the last things I expected was fallout for political signs in front of my businesses. With multiple editorials and letters to the Editor recent from what planet we live on to Wind farms, County, road conditions, Marion city water and sewer projects, their downtown street […]

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Autoimmune diseases are complicated

The topic of autoimmune diseases has sparked my interest recently. My mom has been having symptoms of autoimmune diseases, and I also became more curious when I interviewed local woman, Jennifer Rector, for an essay at school. Last month in my college English class I wrote a paper on food deserts, and I took the angle that even though Hillsboro […]

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A message to congress: Do your jobs

Members of Congress, do your jobs! Stop your fundraising efforts for re-election. Stop your partisan grandstanding displays on Capitol Hill. Stop your emotionally charged outbursts of staged outrage and go back to your offices, committee rooms and your respective Houses, employ your staff to research the issues and get to work! Earlier in this decade, my responsibility as a duly […]

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Finding time with family a challenge, worth it

Quality family time use to be, and really still is, super important to me and my family. But sadly, it’s quite a battle to find time for family these days. For one, we have a family of six, so finding a day or time that works for every single one of us is a challenge already. But on top of […]

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Can we talk?

Last Thursday was National Mental Health Awareness Day. For some of us, that is every day; either because we find everyone else around us to be crazy or because we ourselves struggle! Okay, jokes aside (because honestly, if you take yourself too seriously and can’t joke about it, then life is just going to be super rough), some of us […]

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A comedy of errors for Joel

How do these types of things keep happening to me? I went into my shop the other day and there was a fan still turned on. It must have been from a hot day, but which one? Then I thought one day last week would be a good day to get something done outside. So I proceeded to back the […]

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