Category: Opinion

Community

When we launched the Free Press nearly 181⁄2 years ago, we made our reason for existence known from the start: “Our mission is to contribute to a stronger and more vibrant community by practicing and promoting the highest standards of journalism for the benefit of our readers and advertisers.” We haven’t waivered from that mission, but we also know we […]

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Early days of mobile phones

The subject of mobile phones came up at the office the other day. The staff members who are much younger than I am were talking about their flip phones and Black­berries. Well, let me tell you… my first mobile phone was a Motorola bag phone. It was housed in a big black bag with its own antenna and everything. I […]

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Small acts carry a deeper story

“Ever just the same, ever a surprise. Ever as before, ever just as sure. As the sun will rise, tale as old as time. Tune as old as song, bitter sweet and strange…Certain as the sun rising in the east.” —Tale As Old As Time One morning, idling at the Wendy’s drive-thru, my daughter and I saw an elderly couple […]

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Big challenges ahead in last half of session

Many issues remain unresolved as we move beyond the mid-point of the legislative session. Remaining issues are the 2017 budget as well as the 2018 and 2019 budgets, school funding formulas, and determining the amount of funding required for the budget. It seems that absolutely everything revolves around whether there is available funding this year. The Senate took up the […]

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Resist the temptation to fear

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” —Presi­dent Franklin D. Roosevelt Newly elected, Mr. Roosevelt began his term as the Great Depression continued, leveling off in 1933, and the long road to recovery was only a dream in the minds of some people. Any thought that better days might lie ahead was simply too overwhelming to consider, […]

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Taking a dip with real cheese

I know it’s a party favorite, but when I go to get-togethers where someone has a big crockpot full of cheese dip, I normally avoid it completely. It’s not because I dislike cheese dip. I love cheese—real cheese. What I can’t stand and am always afraid to run into is my arch nemesis: Velveeta. That rubbery stuff just grosses me […]

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Keep the public in public meetings

by Brian Hunhoff “I think heroic deeds were all conceived in the open air.” The quote atop this editorial is from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” — a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and the great outdoors. Hopefully, Mr. Whit­man would have approved use of his prose to promote open, well-aired government. It’s unlikely the great poet favored […]

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Island getaway was great

We just returned from a week in Puerto Rico with our good friends the Ranneys, who used to live in Hillsboro. I’d say if you are looking for a nice place to go for a week or so, and a place that is easy to get to, Puerto Rico is the place. And it is a U.S. territory, so you […]

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Finding track legs is a stretch

I stood at my kitchen counter with soup pot in hand. Slowly I tilted the pot, still heavy-laden with leftover cheesy potato goodness, toward a storage bowl I had placed on the counter. And then came the telltale splash along with warmth seeping into my tennis shoe. I had misjudged where exactly to tilt the pot, and subsequently missed the […]

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Pet history reeks of mystery

Way back in the mists of prehistory, I remember asking my parents to let me have my first pet. Our cave—er, I mean house—had theretofore been pet-free, unless you count my small self as the youngest resident rug rat. My brother, the yard ape, was a bit larger than me, and didn’t particularly see the need to socialize with me […]

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