Category: Editorials

Think to thank

It’s so easy in our culture to slip into the “poor me” mode. Life seems tougher on the side of the fence we happen to occupy. You know how it goes. We work too hard. We pay too much. We can’t afford one. We don’t have enough time. We can’t keep up. We can’t catch a break. We’re misunderstood. We’re […]

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Season opener

When the 24th annual Marion County Toy Run rumbled from Marion to Hills­boro on Saturday, Nov. 4, we unofficially kicked off the season of thankfulness and sharing. The effort of participants to gather and deliver toys for children from deserving families should remind those of us who live comfortably to be thankful for the privilege. Ultimately, it also should prompt […]

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Surpassing success

Before the high school fall sports season comes to a final end, it’s worth highlighting something—actually someones—who achieved a remarkable feat over their four-year high school career. The four seniors on the Goessel High School volleyball have established a four-year won-loss legacy of 172 wins and only four losses. For you math whizzes out there, that equates to an average […]

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Our pick for mayor

Hillsboro voters will need to choose between two mayoral candidates with strong credentials in the Nov. 7 local election. Both Lou Thurston and Charlotte Kennedy Takahashi have long ties to the community. Both graduated from Hillsboro High School, both have extensive experience in business and managing people, both are articulate and both have vision and ideas for a better, growing […]

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Worth voting ‘yes’

This isn’t the first time we’ve asked this: In these challenging times, with complicated issues regarding budgeting, personnel and facility needs on the front burner of public attention, is the county-commission model of administration the best model for Marion County’s future? Is it time to consider a more professional model where elected officials set policy and the day-to-day machinery of […]

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Achievement

A s the fall sports season leans toward the home stretch, we salute the high school athletes who have invested so much of their time and energy in a quest to be the best individual and team possible. Athletics are thought by some to be overstressed, but there are few arenas for teenage students to better develop themselves physically and […]

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Beep where you sleep

Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association showed that less than half (42 percent) of about 36,000 respondents did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in each bedroom of the home. In an effort to better educate the public […]

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Still on mission

National Newspaper Week, Oct. 1-7, observes the importance of newspapers to communities large and small. We take this occasion to renew our commitment to the mission we set out to accomplish when the first Free Press arrived in Marion County homes more than 19 years ago. We hold to the same purpose today, and we ask you to hold us […]

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Shades of gray

Woodrow Wilson won reelection as president in 1916 with the slogan, “He kept us out of war”—even as bloody world war raged in Europe. Less than four months into his second term, Wilson changed his mind: “The world must be made safe for democracy.” Four days later, Congress voted to declare war on Germany. With those eight words, Wilson left […]

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Fair point

Once again, the communities of Hills­boro and Marion will have an opportunity to put their best feet forward as thousands of guests come our way Saturday to take part in the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair and Marion’s Art in the Park. These two events require an amazing investment of energy—both by event organizers and the many volunteers who assist. […]

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