Category: Opinion

Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 10, 2007)
Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 10, 2007)

Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 10, 2007)

bob_20071003072432.jpg "And joining us now is Ranger Bob, who will give us some expert advice on dealing with the local grizzly bear population. Good evening, Bob! …Bob? …Bob???"

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A reminder

It bears repeating, for your sake and ours, why we launched the Free Press in 1998. National Newspaper Week, Oct. 7-13, seems to be an appropriate time to do it.

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Have we come to expect public lies?

We expect Fidel Castro to lie to us. We assume Osama Bin Ladin is telling lies when he makes one of his infamous videotapes. But, are our fellow Americans feeding us fabrications on a regular basis?

Probably. Do we care? Probably not. And, that?s the sad part. We are beginning to expect a lack of truth in all segments of society, from sports to school, from the president to the preacher.

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Jane Austen: Hollywood’s new it-girl

?Why doesn?t anything happen in Jane Austen after the wedding?
What about sequels? Pride and Prejudice?The Sequel: Darcy?s Hunting
Buddies Move In.?
?Dave Harvey

Somebody?s in the mood for love. Not throw-away, highest
bidder, until the camera stops rolling, most photogenic, ratings
driven, speed racer love.

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Local paper deliverers work hard

I was reminded last week of something that I already knew. Our home-delivery carriers are special people. Most of them are middle-school age boys and girls. Delivering the paper is one of their first jobs.

When one of our carriers came in last Tuesday with her bundles of papers (about 100 in all) and told me she was ill and couldn?t make the route, I decided to do it myself rather than find someone else to do it.

I soon found out it isn?t the easiest thing and takes a bit of perseverance. And it wasn?t even raining or cold outside, plus each paper is heavy.

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Letters (Week of Oct. 10, 2007)

Someone was killed by drunken driver   I wonder how many people remember that in 1994 a Hills?boro resident was killed by a drunken driver not more than a mile away from our city limits. I realize many residents have moved to Hillsboro since that day and wouldn?t know about it. But I want to speak against liquor by the […]

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Vicious circle

A recent renewed call for merging the Marion and Hillsboro hospitals is a topic worth pursuing. But it also highlights the larger issue facing Marion County: We need more people. Right now, we have too few to pay for some of the major projects we feel would benefit us in the long run. It?s a vicious circle. We want new […]

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All-School reunion is still annual

Mark Twain?s observation, ?The reports of my demise are grossly exaggerated,? can also be applied to the HHS All-School Reunion.

Contrary to what might have been said recently, the all-school reunion will not be held less frequently. It will be held each year on the Saturday night before Mem?orial Day, as it has since 2000. An All School Reunion committee will be taking over the event, so stay tuned.

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Spider established unusual web site

In this week?s column, I had been planning to discuss my sure-fire plan to get the U.S. troops out of Iraq quickly. Then I realized I can barely get myself to school on time, so I decided against that.

Instead, I am going to talk about my missing spider.

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Even Bush concedes global warming

Global warming is easy to mock. Kansas gets a late snowfall at Easter. Al Gore got caught in a New York City blizzard where he was to deliver a speech on global warming. One can use these incidents to whoop it up, slap your thigh and debunk global warming.

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