Category: Letter to the Editor

Funeral home discusses grief during pandemic

To the Editor, Serving as a licensed funeral director for nearly three decades, I have seen some amazing and troubling trends in how we pay tribute to loved ones that die. Death is a very uncomfortable subject for most and I understand that fully. That being said, I do wish to share some thoughts on why we have funerals in […]

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Letter to the editor regarding masks

As someone who works in one of our local retirement communities, I’ve been disappointed to see how many of the clerks, employees and customers in our local businesses and community seem to think it is no longer necessary to wear face masks. Are they comfortable? No! Do they help? We hope and pray they do. In our work we get […]

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Hillsboro resident offers reasons for county administrator

Marion County Commissioners: I am fully supportive of the creation of a position for Administrator and here is why: Over the last number of years it has been increasingly obvious that our elected officials neither have the time or ability to capably lead Marion County through the process of government. Much of the inability to govern comes from the lack […]

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Shop local

It’s important now more than ever to shop local. Because of COVID-19, local businesses desperately need your help. Joel Klaassen Hillsboro

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Letter to the editor praising recent article

Dear editor, I’m writing to commend the Hillsboro Free Press, editor Laura Fowler Paulus, and Jenna Dickerson for the March 15 article, “Local Woman Makes Tough Decision.” It was community journalism at its best. Excellent! Like most Free Press readers, I don’t know Jenna Dickerson, but, oh my, I sure do admire her courage, her strength, her commitment the betterment […]

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Marion woman expresses thanks over help with senior center

Thank You! For those of you who have helped, visited, donated or even thought about the Marion Senior Center, thank you! We are continuing to plan events and gather help to meet our needs and restoration goals. Come on down and find your niche at the Senior Center. We have been boosted by all the help from the community. If […]

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Reader explains why recycling is important

Is Marion County Too Small to Make a Difference? I Don’t Think So.    Recycling in Marion County should be a priority. In reality, we should have a composting system by now. But no, instead, we’re suspending the recycling program. It’s 2020, for crying out loud, and this is how we start out the year? Why are we going backwards? […]

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Administrator goes over new recycling set up

The City of Hillsboro Sanitation Department will continue collecting recyclables on our regular pickup schedule. The past 8 days dealing with the announcement that Marion County Transfer Station will no longer accept recyclables has been very frustrating. Hillsboro and Marion were notified, not by county staff but by the news media. If ever there is a time you want to […]

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On the topic of hate

Okay, let’s talk about hate. I hate broccoli. I hate this dress. I hate cats. I hate that show. I hate that song. I hate racism. I hate prejudice. I hate her. I hate him. I hate young people. I hate old people. I hate taxes. I hate rich people. I hate poor people. I hate liberals. I hate conservatives. […]

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Getting the numbers straight

Contrary to what Expedition Wind is feeding us, (FAKE or twisted information) please read the following: Decisions made recently by our elected officials of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) are very concerning to me. Let me get right to the point–Back in 2015, our BOCC approved the Expedition Wind Conditional Use Permits (CUP’s), formerly known as “the […]

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