Category: Opinion

Gifts to remember?and hold on to

?You can’t always get what

you want. But if you try

sometimes, well, you just might find, you get what you need.?

?The Rolling Stones

And God said: ?If someone prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other??

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Christmas is for us, Charlie Brown

One of my all-time favorite holiday videos is ?A Charlie Brown Christmas.? Within the larger plot, the story of the first Christmas comes alive with purity and simplicity as told by a little child.

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Year end is closing fast upon us

Year end is fast closing in on us and I have to say it has been a good one for the most part. Life can always be better, but it sure can be a lot worse.

At this time we reflect on the past and look to the future. Year 2008 promises to be busy and exciting and maybe a little scary, too.

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Letters (Week of Dec. 26, 2007)

United Way to cease operation in county? During the past several years, Marion County volunteers have attempted to establish a United Way organization to support charitable agencies in the county. During this, county businesses and individual community members have been asked to financially support this effort. Recently it has become apparent that our county is not willing to provide the […]

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Editorial- Thanks?again

Once more we citizens of Marion County owe a huge debt of gratitude to the utility crews and emergency responders who gave so much time and energy to help our communities recover from power outages during last week?s ice storm. True, they were compensated for their efforts, but working long hours in cold weather and away from family and friends […]

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Worship as the ultimate political act

The campaign ads for the Iowa presidential primary on Jan. 4 are warring for TV space with the Christmas ads from Sears and Wal-Mart. Voters and shoppers are targeted by politicians and merchants competing to offer them ultimate satisfaction and world peace.

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Become rich enough for gas and milk

I like this time of year, because it ensures that for the next 12 months or so, our national economy will somehow stay out of the red, and that we can continue to thrive as a successful and powerful nation.

And by thrive, I mean be able to afford gasoline and milk.

This is because it?s Christmastime, which means that millions of people for almost a month now have been going out and frivolously buying completely useless items to give as gifts for the holidays.

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We were hit, but not seriously

We who live in the city limits of Hillsboro and Marion have a lot to be thankful for in regard to the power outages that began in this area following the ice storms of last week.

Marion had about an hour of no power and Hillsboro had about nine hours of darkness after the power went out at 5 p.m. Although I personally only had about three hours without power because I went to bed at 8 p.m. Tuesday. When I woke up at 4 a.m. the next day, the power was back on.

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Letters (Week of Dec. 19, 2007)

Goessel event was special for the kids   The Goessel community enjoyed a special holiday event Sunday when Santa Claus came to the old blacksmith shop. I want to thank the Goessel Task Force, which sponsored the event, Donna and Wes Duerksen for getting the blacksmith shop ready, Jerry and Dennis Schroeder for their equipment and the carolers for coming […]

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Pork N Beings (Week of Dec. 12, 2007)
Pork N Beings (Week of Dec. 12, 2007)

Pork N Beings (Week of Dec. 12, 2007)

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