Category: Opinion

A lot is at stake in the election

This is the last week before the big Nov. 4 general election. A lot is at stake in both the national, state and local elections.

What is decided on the national level won?t have as much direct affect on us as the county outcome. Nationally, the two-party system that will preserve the status quo. Both parties have run our country in the ditch. Plenty of blame to go around.

Until the special-interest groups are out of the mix we will continue to have earmarks and spending that exceeds what we take in. Too much dishonesty in what the candidates say. It?s sad.

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The Marion County jail issue is the biggest election issue for us by far. Based on what we have heard at the meetings held around the county this past week?I went to all three of them?it?s clear to me this issue shouldn?t even be on the ballot, based on the flimsy information we have been given by Law/King?don achitectural firm. They build jails and collect a big fee if they get the job.

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Senioritis a debilitating affliction

I?ve been trying to put this column together for five days now and still have no idea what I?m going to write about. Somehow, every time I sit at the computer to start brainstorming I end up on Facebook, looking for new music or shopping for things I?ll never have the money to buy.

Finally, after wasting a disgusting amount of time and reaching a productivity level of ZERO, I?ve realized I just need to make myself sit down and write. I?m not going to let myself do anything else until this is finished. I don?t even have Facebook open!

That?s actually untrue. Wait…. OK, NOW it?s not open.

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Political expert fields some questions

With the 2008 presidential election less than a week away, I am proud to announce that political expert Ian Cumbent is joining us for this column. He will be answering your election and political questions.

Cumbent is the author of several informative, award-winning political books, including ?Just Say ?No? to Interns,? and ?Only You can Prevent Immodest Liars.?

Cumbent will be answering all of your questions in the popular ?Q & A? format.

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Q. At what point do yard campaign signs become inappropriate?

A. When promoting a particular candidate for any sort of election by placing flimsy signs in your front yard, always be aware that quantity does no ensure quality. One sign is OK, two signs is borderline tacky. Once you begin lobbying for three or more candidates, it begins to look less like you are politically aware, and more like you have been pranked.

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Pork N Beings (week of Oct. 29, 2008)
Pork N Beings (week of Oct. 29, 2008)

Pork N Beings (week of Oct. 29, 2008)

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5 years ago (week of Oct. 29 2008)

n Historic-high beef prices have prompted the Mennonite Central Committee mobile meat canner to process turkey during this year?s three-day stop at Hillsboro. Beef was going to cost the relief agency $1.74 a pound while turkey cost $1 a pound. n Harvey County officials visited the Marion County Board of Commissioners this week were granted Marion County support in their […]

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Time to Vote

How many months have we withstood the carping, the negative advertising, the conflicting statements of ?fact? and all the double-speak that goes with the political season? And now the end is near. In six days the votes will be cast, the decisions made. And the joy we can anticipate is akin to having someone beat your hand with a hammer: […]

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Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 22, 2008)
Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 22, 2008)

Pork N Beings (Week of Oct. 22, 2008)

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Welding school a good idea

There was big excitement on North Main last Wednesday with the opening of the new Butler County College welding school. This is the kind of thinking that will make this country move forward. If workers are needed, then grow your own, so to speak.

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Editorial- A better road

Now that someone has taken the time?all of two weeks, actually?to research the financial viability of the new jail project being proposed by our county commissioners, voters should now have sufficient facts to see the truth: This $8.65 million project is nothing short of economic anti-development for Marion County and worthy of a resounding ?no? vote on Nov. 4. We […]

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Letters (Week of Oct.15, 2008)

Recent events are much appreciated We just wanted to express a big thank-you to Trinity Menno?nite Church for hosting the Matziko International Child?ren?s Choir Sept. 23 and 24. They were very instrumental in making possible the opportunity for the students of Tabor College and also the Hillsboro school system to hear the choir?s message of hope. Thank you to all […]

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