Category: Letter to the Editor

Letters (March 14, 2018)

HCF grant will address injuries I would like to thank the Hillsboro Community Foundation for awarding USD 410 a grant from the Marga Ebel Health Fund. With this grant, we will be able to have a physician make weekly visits to the high school to check on sports injuries as well as have a physician on the sidelines at home […]

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Letters (March 7, 2018)

Gun violence has myriad influences Our founding fathers believed our right to keep and bear arms was so important, it was second only to freedom of speech in the Bill of Rights. With increasing numbers of mass shootings, some blame the Second Amendment and lawful gun ownership. Semi-automatic military style firearms and high-capacity magazines have been available since the 1950s. […]

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Letters (February 21, 2018)

User fees, not taxes, for transfer station On a recent visit to Newton Medical Center for a pulmonary function test, the technician, upon discovering that I was from Marion County, asked if Marion County was as depressed financially as she had heard it was. Really gave me cause to ponder. After reading the account about the possibility of Marion County […]

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Letters (February 14, 2018)

HCF funds will aid water plaza project The Hillsboro Commun­ity Plaza committee would like to express our gratitude for receiving tremendous support from the Hillsboro Community Foundation, Hillsboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Hillsboro Kiwanis and many community members for Phase 1 of the plaza, which will include a splash pad, restroom facility, seating and shade. The committee’s grant submission […]

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Letters (February 7, 2018)

Handling of funds questioned I would like to educate the community as to how commissioners Randy Dallke and Kent Becker think it is OK to hand over $120,000 to the economic development committee treasurer, Mike Beneke, to hire a new director for the EDC. They will get another $40,000 later. Treasurer Mike Beneke has control over all this money until […]

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Letter to the Editor (January 24, 2018)

Can we respect differing views? I am not a political person and I like local high school English teacher Bob Woelk. His Jan. 10 article in the Free Press prompted a response from me. I felt the article gave strong opinions about many residents in our community, county, state and country who would support all or some of President Trump’s […]

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Letters to the Editor (1-17-18)

Thank city crews for their service We owe our city crews a huge debt of gratitude. Over the holidays, while we were sitting in our cozy warm homes, overeating and watching Christmas shows of football, city crews were out in brutally cold weather, fixing waterline breaks. I worked for the city years ago, and even in good weather, fixing a […]

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Letters (January 10, 2018)

Speak up to aid Yemen in crisis This is a cry for help from the people of Yemen, the poorest Arab country on the Arabian Peninsula, bordering Saudi Arabia. I lived in the coastal town of Aden, Yemen, 2010-11, teaching English to Yemeni students. That town and that country are being torn apart by a protracted, multi-layered civil war, begun […]

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Letters to the Editor (January 3, 2018)

Lake’s future needs a citizen board In reading Dianne Novak’s paid statement in the Dec. 27 issue of the Free Press, I was a little taken aback by some of her comments. I do agree that the lake belongs to all residents of Marion County as well as being a tourist attraction for visitors to enjoy. However, I disagree with […]

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Letters (December 20, 2017)

Regretting the holiday fretting Every year about this time, I’m reminded of a newspaper column that Lowell Goering wrote many years ago. In it, he fretted over being so busy getting ready for Christmas that he hadn’t had time to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. I haven’t forgotten that column. It was a good one. Dave Ranney Lawrence

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