Category: Opinion

Eye on the prize

As China prepares to showcase its economic progress by hosting the Summer Olympics this week, let us never forget the reality behind the pageantry and polish: According to Amnesty International, an estimated 500,000 people are currently enduring punitive detention without charge or trial, and millions are unable to access the legal system to seek redress for their grievances. Harassment, surveillance, […]

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Letters (Week of 7-30-08)

Vote Hannaford for state representative   Having graduated from Marion High School and being a former Marion resident, it is my great honor and privilege to write this letter endorsing Roger Hannaford for state representative. As a lifelong resident of Marion County and a community business leader, Roger has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to the Republican principles […]

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If I were to be elected to something

With the Aug. 5 primary elections approaching quickly, I finally decided it was about time to toss my hat into the ring. I?m not running for anything in particular, but I would appreciate your vote. Just feel free to write my name in under any of the categories.

But I figured that as long as I?m running for something, I should probably explain my views on the issues. I have divided my thoughts into three categories: local, state and international.

Local

n If elected to whatever, I would straighten out this county jail issue. The proposed Marion County Jail is a hot news item right now, and I?m sure that you?ll all agree with me when I say that a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund that dang thing would be a suicidal move for the commerce of our county in due (get it?) time.

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Busy days won’t end very soon

I wonder what it would be like to have nothing to do. Can?t imagine it would even be possible. It?s been a whirlwind around here for the past week and it doesn?t appear that will change anytime soon. Amy and George have come and gone already but left the boys behind to stay with us until next week.

We sat down Sunday night to make a list of what we are going to do for nine days. It?s quite extensive.

 

At the fair, George and the boys took a liking to the animals in the 4-H barns. He thought it would be neat to have a goat to mow their hilly backyard in Atlanta and eat the leftovers from the restaurant. The boys thought it would be cool to have some bunnies for pets. I?m betting neither will get their wish.

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Why good ones go is a tough issue

Family and friends recently bid farewell to Jonah Kliewer, professor emeritus of Tabor College. His passing, though anticipated by those closest to him, came too quickly for his family, numerous friends and acquaintances.

The memorial service, wonderfully prepared by family members, was a loving reflection of a life lived in service to God and others.

Sometime after the service ended, someone made an interesting comment. ?Why must all the good ones go??

The question remains appropriately unanswered, and yet, whenever I think about it, my response varies. At first, I quickly agree, ?Yes. Why??

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Knee holding up amid busy summer

Hey, kids. Thanks to everyone who has been asking me about the status of my recovering ACL. I really do appreciate your concern and stuff. However, I realize that not all of you see me every day at the pool or grocery store but are DYING to know how I?m doing?so I?ll just give you a wee little update.

Since I?ve been cleared to do ?whatever? as long as it doesn?t make my knee ?hurt or swell,? I?ve been trying to spend as much time as my body will allow getting back into the swing of things.

My doctor and coach have told me that could take as long as a year for me to trust my knee fully and play basketball ?normally,? but I want to play so badly that I?m willing to put in the time and work.

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Pork N Beings (Week of July 30, 2008)
Pork N Beings (Week of July 30, 2008)

Pork N Beings (Week of July 30, 2008)

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5 years ago (week of July 23, 2008)

Henryk Zamojski, a government agricultural official from Pawlowic?ski, Poland, made his fourth visit to sister city Goessel, bringing with him gifts to present to city officials: a map of Poland and the von Goessel family crest. Goessel was named for Polish sea captain Kurt Von Goessel, who acted heroically when his ship, Elbe, was rammed by another ship and sank […]

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Any ideas?

In these days of entertainment inflation?it takes more to attract and hold the attention of young people than it used to?the task of the Marion County Fair Board grows more challenging to keep the event interesting for the young and young at heart. The presence of a carnival hasn?t been a money-maker in recent years, but the absence of one […]

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Lawsuit vs. USD 410 is not a ‘sideshow’

I would like to correct something printed in the last issue of the Free Press. The lawsuit I filed against USD 410 was filed before the bond election and not after, as was reported. If the school district and Tabor project is such a good thing, why have no other schools tried it? I have always respected the editor of […]

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