Category: Opinion

High prices now don’t make us rich

  • Perception is reality. When it comes down to the nitty-gritty facts of life, whatever I believe to be true and real is more important than knowing the truth. That?s how most people view the world they live in.
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  • We don’t know all things?

    Lately we?ve become the house of information at the Free Press. I?m not complaining, as we take it as a compliment that folks think we know what is going on everywhere and where to find almost anything in these parts.

    It?s also a welcome switch from people telling me where to go.

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    The sooner we leave, the greater our chances of surviving our ignorance

    This seems like a great time to address two of my favorite subjects: science and monsters.

    Monsters exist within us all and symbolize aspects of human nature. They allow us to conveniently distance ourselves from those things we dislike about ourselves, and enjoy entertaining them without the negative consequences imposed by reality.

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    Letters (Week of Oct. 24, 2007)

    Kansas leads the way to protect air quality   The Friday, Oct. 19, issue of the Washington Post had a front page story titled, ?Power Plant Rejected Over Carbon Dioxide For First Time.? The story detailed the Thursday announcement by Kansas Department of Health and Environment denying the air permit for Sunflower Electric Power to construct two 700-megawatt coal plants […]

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    Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 17, 2007)
    Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 17, 2007)

    Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 17, 2007)

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    Is delaying a game a new thing?

    When the Marion vs. Hillsboro football game was delayed this past Friday night, I was trying to remember if games were ever delayed in the old days. And I couldn?t remember it ever happening.

    Then it also happened in Lawrence prior to and during the KU-Baylor game Saturday. I can?t remember it ever happening while I was living there back in the ?60s and ?70s.

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    One band

    The bands from Marion and Hillsboro high schools proved Friday night that their respective communities can indeed make harmonious music together. Orchestrated by directors Adam Johnson of MHS and Gregg Walker of HHS, the two bands performed during the halftime of the Marion-Hillsboro football game. The symbolism was striking, particularly in the context of a high-tension matchup between the schools? […]

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    First Amendment is a broad freedom

    Years ago my old friend Jack was asked to appear as an expert witness in an obscenity trial in Cincinnati. Jack was a local radio personality and a stand-up comic genius.

    When the defense lawyers grilled him before the trial they asked him, ?Now, you will testify that this comedian was being artistic and not obscene??

    ?Absolutely not,? Jack replied. ?He is totally obscene and lacks any redeeming artistic merit. That is precisely why I believe he should have the freedom to speak.?

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    In pursuit of my own Nobel Prize

    I want a Nobel prize.

    No, seriously, I think I deserve one. After all, if Al Gore gets one, I think we should all be entitled to the honor.

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    Letters (Week of Oct. 17, 2007)

    City would gain by respecting differences   Most people will likely agree on at least one thing: The issue of liquor by the drink in the city of Hillsboro ignites much passion and opinion; there will always be two distinctly opposing sides on the issue. However, the matter was taken to a vote by the county in 2004. The majority […]

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