Category: Opinion

It’s been nine years already

This week?s edition of the Free Press marks the end of our ninth year of publishing and next week begins the 10th. To celebrate, maybe we?ll start giving them away next year. Wait, we already do.

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Pork N Beings (Week of August 8, 2007)
Pork N Beings (Week of August 8, 2007)

Pork N Beings (Week of August 8, 2007)

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Good people

Through these nine years that we?ve been publishing the Free Press, we?ve been blessed to have more than our fair share of good people serving as members of our team. Some of them have been young, fresh out of college, while others have had significant years of professional and life experience. By ?good people? we mean folks who not only […]

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An odd fit between traditional labels

I was filling out an on-line survey a month or two ago, and one of the questions concerned where I would place myself on a political scale. The range spanned ?very conservative? to ?very liberal.? I recognized it to be a good question. I wasn?t sure exactly how to answer.

I realize many readers of the Free Press probably consider my views to be on the liberal side. I seldom agree with what so-called conservative Republicans are doing when it comes to the government.

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Ultimately, its the mothers who cry

?The last time when you ran to me, still small enough to hold. The last time that you said you?d marry me when you grew old. Precious, simple moments and bright flashes from your past ? would I have held on longer if I?d known they were your last?? ?Karen Kingsbury?

I have a friend with a newborn baby. She?s understandably tired, anxious and stressed. I have another who?s ?baby? is starting his first year of high school. She?s tired, anxious and stressed too. Then there?s another who is two semesters away from putting her last baby in a cap and gown. She?s tired, anxious and stressed too.

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Summer foray into College Algebra doesn’t add up naturally

I recently scared myself by acting like someone who liked math.

I am a person who does not like math, and avoids it at all costs. I am a person who, given the choice between finding the square root of the hypotenuse or getting a root canal, would voluntarily drive myself to the dentist?s office and prep my own mouth for the procedure.

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Pork N Beings (Week of August 1, 2007)
Pork N Beings (Week of August 1, 2007)

Pork N Beings (Week of August 1, 2007)

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Patience, please

The Unified School District 410 Board of Edu?cation thought the biggest challenge in hiring an interim superintendent to succeed outgoing chief Gordon Mohn was finding someone with construction experience on his resume. But now that those bond-issue projects are floating in limbo because of a patron lawsuit, the issues facing the board?s interim pick, Doug Huxman, are all the more […]

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Fair brings rain despite new dates

The 77th annual Marion County Fair is in the books. It did its job and brought the rain again, even though the dates changed.

It had its highlights?the parade, 4-H events, a better carnival (according to my grandsons) and the annual favorite demolition derby.

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Travel habits have come a long way

This summer I have been pondering about the meaning of travel?while staying at home and essentially running a weekend bed and breakfast for family and friends visiting Chicago.

My great-grandparents?the Sudermans, Steltings, Harders and Fischers traveled. They bought one-way tickets on railroads and ships and traveled halfway around the world from the Ukraine to Kansas and Oklahoma in the 19th century.

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