Category: Opinion

Losing a pillar at the Free Press

This entire column will be about my former partner and good friend Don Ratzlaff. As of last week’s issue, he has moved on to other pastures. I am sure that Tabor College will be very happy with what Don brings to the table in their communications office. Just between you and me, 20 years is a very long time to […]

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Baking Mom’s cookies makes me a chip off the old block

Every time it was our family’s turn to bring snacks for any event—youth group, school functions, you name it—my friends would immediately ask, “Is your mom going to make cookies?” When my sister or I would announce that we needed to bring something yummy to share, Mom didn’t need to ask us what we wanted her to whip up. The […]

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Honoring those who got us here

Independence Day: wonderful gatherings of friends and family to celebrate! But then it makes me wonder, what are we celebrating 242 years later? Are we celebrating our freedom from English oppression or being the greatest nation in history or the safe and secure life we have or all the material blessings God has given to us? As I reflect, I […]

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Editorial: Transition Time

Six weeks short of 20 years ago, with Joel Klaas­sen as publisher, and this writer as editor, the Hills­boro Free Press made its unconventional debut: a newspaper with no subscription fee and delivered every week to each home in Marion County, funded largely by ads and insert revenue. When our premiere issue debuted Aug. 12, 1998, we announced our editorial […]

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It’s the circadian of life

“Good morning, sunshine,” he said, his smile quickly disappearing in the face of her murderous glance when she raised her face to look at him. “Shut up and die, morning person. Coffee,” she mumbled.” —Alanea Alder On good mornings, I am up early. Early to some, anyway, and really early to others. I don’t know how it works for most […]

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Pick your media bias of choice

Media bias is an issue that rarely escapes our attention these days. It matters little whether one picks up a local publication or a larger city newspaper. Even in personal conversations in which a topic comes up, a likely reaction on the subject may arise. “Consider the source.” “I don’t give much credit to that rag.” “All news media are […]

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Concert, friends in Lawrence

One of the things that makes me crazy is thinking of things to write about, and then forgetting them by the time I get to it. I have never been very good at taking notes, which I could be much better at doing, but new skills are not on my horizon right now, so I will wing it like I […]

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Be vigilant about car safety at night

Vigilance. As you may have read in the newspaper and heard on the street, Hillsboro has experienced several car thefts and thefts from vehicles recently. I have been in communication with Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning and he has informed me that while some of the incidents have been related, some have not. Some of the thefts have been solved […]

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Verenike casserole makes you feel like a ham

In a little less than a month, I’ll be heading off to one of my favorite places on Earth: Camp Mennoscah. I love it for many reasons—the beauty, the people, the connection with God through nature—but one thing I always look forward to is the food. While my co-director and I get to run around with a bunch of 8 […]

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Summer brings a welcomed peace of mind

Summer has finally kicked into full gear. Hot days in the pool, late nights gazing at the stars and relaxing with the peace of mind of not having to be anywhere. Summer is a beautiful time of year and I am making the most of it. In years past, keeping busy during break can sometimes be a challenge, with the […]

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