Category: Opinion


We offer our congratulations to the Hillsboro High School football team, including Coach Len Coryea and his able staff of assistants. The season had its share of frustrations, including two last-second losses toward the start of the season and the loss of a starting quarter at the end. In the face of difficulties, this squad never lost heart. It gave […]

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Want more people? Be ‘interesting’

The population of Marion County hovers around 12,000 souls. What would it take to double this in the next decades? Or, is slow population decline inevitable in this region?

The second question is, does the county want growth that matches the demographics of America?meaning solid numbers of young persons in addition to retired persons?

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Here’s one man’s rap on rap music

I?ve never been much of a fan of rap music. For some reason it?s never really appealed to me. I guess that?s because I?m not easily impressed by fast talking. Auctioneers can only be exciting for so long.

The same goes for rap music, in which people with extra large clothing and massive quantities of jewelry?which apparently is considered expensively masculine?speak incredibly quickly about dropping an item like it?s hot.

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Free papers subsidize your stamp

Most people probably haven?t stopped to think about the value of
receiving free publications like the Free Press in the mail, in
addition to the content. The latest figure I read was that the
circu?la??tion of free papers in this country is about 90 million
copies per week. A majority of these are sent through the U.S. mail.

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Oh my Father (Veteran’s Day tribute from a son)
Oh my Father (Veteran’s Day tribute from a son)

Oh my Father (Veteran’s Day tribute from a son)

Wayne Engler, a World War II veteran of the First Armored Division, currenly lives in a nursing home in Overbrook.

Oh my Father,
what am I to say
to you who woke
with the thousands of dead
around you many mornings,
so much so,
that you tell me,
being around the dead
doesn?t bother you.
I fear death
as I know we all do,
even with faith,
as you must too,
because you tell me
the Ten Commandments include
?Thou shalt not kill,?
so you must be going to hell,
you say.

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Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 31, 2007)
Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 31, 2007)

Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 31, 2007)

Porknbeingscsi_200710231044.jpg Vanessa was chosen to serve with the CSI unit due to her renowned ability to locate body parts

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The idea of Marion County law enforcement agencies conducting a training exercise to take out an ?active shooter? in one of our schools would have been an unimaginable scenario 20 years ago. Maybe even 10 years ago. The 1999 massacre at Columbine High in Colorado?the most notable of a sad series of in-school shootings?changed our way of seeing the world. […]

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Horizons- “Responsibility” is a mixed package

I want to write a little about ?Responsibility.? I know what you?re probably thinking, and I totally agree. It?s a horrible, ugly thing, isn?t it?

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Teeth lead a tough life of neglect

I find it amazing that our teeth don?t rebel more than they do. Think about it. Out of all of our body parts, teeth really did get the short end of the stick. They spend their entire lives inside our mouth, which is a disgusting, dark place full of saliva and left over food particles

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Cancer was unexpected challenge

I never expected to hear the words, ?you have cancer.? Not in a million years. But I heard them on Sept. 11?and that it was prostate cancer in the early stages and would be curable with surgery.

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