Category: Opinion

Water issues bring to light plight of world

Water sputtered out of my faucet on a Thursday morning in March. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but soon after, texts started lighting up my phone. Have you heard? Don’t drink the water today. Possible contamination. Check the city’s Facebook post. If you live in Hillsboro, you know what I’m talking about. As a result of […]

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Joy of fiction a first-world love

Albus Dumbledore once said, “words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” I happen to agree with the wizard. Over spring break I finally had the chance to catch up on some reading, and as usual fell into the rabbit hole and enveloped myself in a story. Fiction is my favorite thing to read. The feeling of immersing myself in […]

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Letter to the Editor (4-13-19)

With the promotion of wind farms in Kansas, and more specifically in Marion and McPherson counties, it deserves some serious investigation. The hype needs to be sorted out. Where did this all begin? It began in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A product of the “Earth Summit” (UN Conference on Environment and Development). It was labeled “Agenda 21” and […]

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All-school reunion is scheduled

It’s official now. The 2019 HHS All-School Reunion will be held at Tabor College Shari Flaming Fine Arts Center and the entertainment this year will be the internationally known Greg Classen, Ventriloquist. The committee is still hammering out some of the details so stay tuned to this space in the future. ◼ Watch for details for what is planned for the […]

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Keep my ears open for the smartest person in the room

“Intelligent people learn from everything and everyone; average people learn from their experiences. The stupid people already have all the answers.” ~ Socrates Once upon a time I was sitting across a desk from someone for a reason that now escapes me. I was probably there to talk about work. Or maybe something completely unrelated to work. As with all conversations […]

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Unexpected bug leads to daytime T.V.

“I don’t think situations create heroes. I think situations reveal who people are.” – Dr. Phil Last week, after driving home from Minnesota and leaving our extended family, I came down with a severe case of Bronchitis. I’m not sure if I inherited this from our family from the northern regions, as Deborah and I were already exposed to numerous […]

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Hillsboro Mayor addresses the recent water issues in the city

I am writing today to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to everyone who helped the City of Hillsboro deal with our recent water issue. As many of you know, the City of Hillsboro experienced an interruption in our water service to the community. What happened was that we experienced a telemetry failure (these are sensors that send an alert […]

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Hospital still open, but also still in bankruptcy

There is no good way to report on the ongoing saga of the Hillsboro Community Hospital and please an audience from the whole county. Some people want constant updates and facts, and to my dismay, others have asked us to just stop reporting about it at all as it doesn’t look good and isn’t positive. It’s true. There isn’t much […]

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It’s best to stay close to friends

I called one of my KU roommates, Bob Krehbiel from Pretty Prairie to let him know that our friend Bob Dalke had passed away. I found out that he was just thinking about contacting me. Anyway I learned from Bob that another of our KU roommates, Ted Mandrell, had died a month earlier in Mesa, Ariz. Mandrell had a great sense of […]

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Sparkly or not, rocks have a lot of meaning to writer

Throughout human history, and even prehistory, people have presented the ones they love with tokens of affection. Cavemen probably presented sparkly rocks to their loved ones, and as soon as someone figured out how to drill holes in teeth and claws, jewelry became a popular gift. Every culture in the world engages in the giving of gifts to win or […]

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