Category: Opinion

Know where your farm bill is now?

Farmers, November 2007 is nearly gone and current farm bill legislation is about to expire. Do you know where your new farm bill is? More importantly, do you know why debate over the farm bill is stalled in the Senate?

From a historical perspective, the farm bill usually passes the House and Senate, not to mention out of the conference committee and through the final voting process, arriving at the president?s desk for his signature before the Christmas recess.

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Letters (Week of Nov. 28, 2007)

Confusing comments from Speaker Neufeld   I?m confused about the comments made by House Speaker Melvin Neufeld as reported in the Nov. 21 Free Press. Mr. Neufeld said carbon dioxide emissions are not a danger. Yet, most legitimate scientists warn us that carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired electric plants are a major contributor to global warming. Mr. Neufeld said a […]

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The anti-holiday

The U.S. economy is fueled by an insatiable desire for more possessions. Our culture preaches the principle that bigger is better and more is always magnificent. Rising higher on corporate and social ladders defines our pursuit of happiness. Power and prestige are the epitome of accomplishment. Into this materialistic and possessive mayhem comes the antithesis of the American Spirit, a […]

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Feedback on soap still flows

There must be hundreds of soap welders out there. I can?t remember receiving so much feedback about anything else I have written in this column. And the feedback has come from near and far.

Many can?t believe I didn?t know that you just stick the sliver of old soap to the new bar. Even my sister says our mom used to tie up the soap slivers in a nylon stocking for additional mileage.

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Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 21, 2007)
Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 21, 2007)

Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 21, 2007)

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A few myths about economic growth

Myths, legends and old wives tales abound when it comes to discussing economic growth in a community or region. Some of these apply to Marion County.

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Lucky piranha head is losing power

My lucky piranha head is wearing out. I don?t claim to be superstitious, but I have reason to believe that the piranha head that is hanging from the rearview mirror in my car is beginning to lose its charm.

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Letters (Week of Nov. 21, 2007)

Foreign guests say thank you, Hillsboro We have had an extraordinary experience during our stay in the Hillsboro area. We thank Hillsboro for having us and making our stay as cozy as possible. We have so many people to thank, including our employer Mike Meisinger and his lovely family, Shane and Morgan Marler, Atanacio Nieto, Johnny Liles, our driving teacher […]

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Protecting kids

Offering a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for children and families is one of the biggest attractions of small-town living. In fact, it may be the greatest asset rural communities possess for pursuing a viable future. However, defining what constitutes a safe environment is as subjective as defining what constitutes fine art: ?I know it when I see it.?

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Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 14, 2007)
Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 14, 2007)

Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 14, 2007)

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