Category: Opinion

Good stress is “warm chocolate melt”

?On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.?

?Erma Bombeck

Ahhh, vacation: sweet moments of suspended reality worthy of pinched pennies and dreams.

Psychology types say there are two kinds of stress: good stress and bad stress.

Good stressors might be work, kids, holidays and family vacations. Bad stressors may be things like work, kids, holidays and family vacations.

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Boomers looking to retire soon?

Beginning Jan. 1, 10,000 baby boomers per day will become eligible for retirement.

How many actually pull the trigger at age 62 remains to be seen. The biggest roadblock I see is health insurance.

f you have been self-employed or are responsible for your own health insurance premiums, a good portion of your monthly income would be taken for the next three years until Medicare eligibility kicks in.

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Let’s punish those spam senders and make them eat their words

I hate spam. Fortunately I don?t get very much of it at home. I have a Mac and my e-mail program is set up to be pretty strict about what it lets through. And that?s after my e-mail provider gets through filtering it as well.

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Letters (Week of Nov. 14, 2007)

Why did flag error occur on Vets Day?   Hillsboro High School flew the American flag upside down Monday morning, Veterans Day, until a veteran walked in off the street at 9:30 a.m. to complain. It is disrespectful to fly the flag upside down??an act straight out of the ?60s and its anti-war protests. The school?s excuse was that a […]

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Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 7, 2007)
Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 7, 2007)

Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 7, 2007)


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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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