Category: Opinion

Marion County should capitalize on its natural resources

Marion County has a lot to offer. Surrounded by counties much larger than itself, Marion County has something none of those places have: the scenery and the reservoir. That is what Marion County should be building its approach to economic development around. The appeal of a big company locating to Marion County is something anyone can get excited about. The […]

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Mayor gives update on water usage

Wow, has it been hot and dry or what? With the current draught conditions I have been asked several times lately about Hillsboro’s water usage and more specifically the water that we have been providing to the wind farm project. As most of you know, Hillsboro’s source of water is Marion Reservoir. As some of you may not know, while […]

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Cutting the cord: T.V. a distraction

“You have the same amount of hours in the day as Lin Manuel Miranda.” Don’t tell my kids but I’m cutting the cable. I’m talking deep cuts; down to the dreaded basic package. The one where Channel 8 becomes the highlight. I’ve been complaining for months, and I’m getting tired of myself. I don’t know when television became so important […]

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Traveling brings plenty of knowledge

rSome people mistakenly believe that spending money on travel is a waste of funds. I certainly disagree. There is much to learn when one mounts a car, boat, plane, motorcycle or even a bicycle for a long-distance journey. A June trip to the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom was most assuredly a learning experience. Allow me to share […]

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Not easy being on same page

I am wondering if others have this problem with their significant others. My wife and I are seldom on the same page when it comes to hearing just exactly what the other one said. OK, it is me. The other day I had a meeting at 11:30 that I used to take my lunch to eat while we meet. Lately I […]

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Let’s ‘brocc’ and roll with soup this summer

A few years ago, we met a young newspaper editor from Kentucky while we were at a conference. She’s one of those “do it all” folks and in addition to being a managing editor, she runs a small farm. I’m friends with her on Facebook, and now that summer is in full swing, I enjoy seeing the photos of her […]

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Free Press moving on after 20 years of leadership from Ratzlaff

A new era is ahead of us at the Free Press. Our editorial leader, Don Ratzlaff, has taken a position at Tabor College, which leaves some very large shoes to fill for the first time in 20 years. Don helped start the Free Press, along with Joel Klaassen, two decades ago, and both of them have been a fixture on […]

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Letters to the Editor (7-4-18)

‘Service day’ seems to be self-serving I read the article on the “service day” by the MB church. I’m saddened. People keep using the phrase being “Christ-like.” So what does the Christ say about such things? Matthew tells us, “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will […]

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Decker speaks to time with Free Press

After reading the Free Press editorial last week, I sat back and thought about how two local guys took a huge chance almost 20 years ago by starting a free newspaper that would go to every home in Marion County. The logistics of such an undertaking boggles my mind. It just couldn’t have been that easy. But Joel Klaassen, former […]

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There’s more to fishing than just fish

There’s more to fishing than just fish

The waves shimmered like glass, glistening with light shining through broken clouds reflecting on the water’s surface. In the distance, mountains kissed the sea, their borders hazy, making it difficult to discern where one stopped and the other began. It was silent. Calm. Peaceful. We traveled by boat into the channel for an afternoon of fishing. Our wind-whipped hair streamed […]

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