Category: Letter to the Editor

Thanks to Hillsboro

This fall is the first such season in 27 years that I won’t call Hillsboro home. That’s the longest I’ve lived anywhere, which ended with our move to a nearby community this past May. And even though I continue to work and go to church here, there is a sadness about this change. Hillsboro people have been good to me […]

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Reader thankful for the bells each night

would like to thank whichever church it is that plays the bells every night. Every day my husband and I work full-time jobs and although we are struggling like most are financially during this time, I try not to show our difficulties in front of our young child. But just as I am about to cry, I hear those bells […]

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In response to Penner’s recent column

Mr. Penner, you hit the nail on the head. Inaccurate and false news is stated as the truth, and if presented as such long enough, it does indoctrinate people to believe it as the truth. Audiences of CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and other news stations along with most newspapers nationally and locally only report what they want their listeners and […]

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Thank you to health admin

A huge “thank you” to Marion County Health Department Administrator, Diedre Serene, for diligently monitoring the impact of Covid 19. She is to be commended for informing the public of cases, data, facts and statistics that help the general public understand the movement of the pandemic. Unfortunately we have a groupof Marion County Commissioners who doubt her advice. They question […]

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Frustration with commission

Let’s talk about the science, economics, and values of wearing masks during COVID-19. When it comes to the science of COVID-19, we should all listen to scientists and doctors more than politicians and TV. Here’s what we know about masks so far. The evidence for their helpfulness is overwhelming. The most rigorous studies we have support them. The world’s most […]

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Please vote for Curry

Rhonda Casey-Curry would do an excellent job for Marion County as our Treasurer. For 21 Years Rhonda managed my office at Leppke Realty and Auction where I trusted her completely with not only all of our clients finances and business but those of mine personally as well. Rhonda is a smart and intelligent person that understands, learns, and adapts quickly. […]

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There are certain candidates who have put in the time

Time is precious. I think we have all come to realize this even “more so” in these strange days. Time to rest and recharge–may it be so for you also. Marion County is sitting in a good place for change. We, as a community living together, need to take time to vote in the upcoming Republican Primary on August 4. […]

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Letter of endorsement for Susan Berg

I want to go on record as endorsing Susan Berg for the office of County Treasurer. Susan has worked effectively in the Treasurer’s office for nine years. She has over 20 years of experience in local government as a city and county employee, including the budgeting process and the ramifications. As a former news reporter and editor, she has accumulated […]

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Reader gives opinion on mask wearing

My elderly father has dementia, and due to the coronavirus now lives in isolation at the St. Luke’s Living Center. My mother and I visit him by looking through a window, and my sister in Virginia talks to him through Facetime. We haven’t held his hand in five months. My father is a retired Colonel in the Marine Corps and […]

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County should use leadership

The “Code of Ethical Conduct for County Commissioners” on the Marion County website states (in six parts) their guidelines: “A county commissioner should actively practice stewardship of the county’s human, fiscal and material resources.” Another point states, in part, “respect for others…” After reading the July 8 Free Press article, it appears that the watered down COVID-19 “recommendation” concerning mask-wearing […]

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