Category: Opinion

Letters (January 10, 2018)

Speak up to aid Yemen in crisis This is a cry for help from the people of Yemen, the poorest Arab country on the Arabian Peninsula, bordering Saudi Arabia. I lived in the coastal town of Aden, Yemen, 2010-11, teaching English to Yemeni students. That town and that country are being torn apart by a protracted, multi-layered civil war, begun […]

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Starting with the foundation

“Your diet, exercise routine and stress level lay the foundation for how you feel. So fuel your body with good nutrition, break a little sweat each day and set aside time to unwind. Because it’s hard to feel bad about a body you’re taking care of.” —Somebody It started out so sweetly… just a surprise one-armed side hug from my […]

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You ‘doughnut’ want to miss out on this recipe

I’m forever looking online for new recipes to try, and it seems like there aren’t a lot of foods I haven’t given a go over the years of writing this column. I keep a spreadsheet of the recipes that have appeared in this space to keep track of what I’ve done and also when they came out, since I sometimes […]

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2017: Top 10 stories

Year 2017 brought a variety of positive developments to our part on the prairie, even if the path was occasionally rockier than we’d prefer. With that in mind, following is our annual list of the Top 10 news stories for the year. 1. Hillsboro hospital promise becomes reality. Nearly nine years after the announcement of a new for-profit hospital in […]

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Save date for HHS reunion

Start planning for the HHS All School reunion during homecoming, which is sometime during late September and early to mid-October. We don’t have the date yet, but save time during this time of year to attend. The class of 1968 is celebrating its 50th anniversary of graduation this year. • Watch for details for the all-school reunion on the Free […]

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Hospitality over perfection

Hospitality over perfection

One of my family’s holiday traditions is making Christmas cookies. So, in the spirit of the season, a couple weeks ago I invited a few friends over to decorate cookies. In the planning stages of the party, however, my perfectionist brain faced a dilemma. Should I attempt to create decorated cookies that tasted delicious but didn’t look professionally made, or […]

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Local leaders recall first jobs

For those who may have missed my column last month, this article is a continuation in a two-part series on jobs—past and present. It also features some of our well-known Marion County per­sonalities. In the Dec. 6 article, Mar­ty Fred­rick­son, director of Marion City streets and also building inspector, said his boss genetically engineered a blue hamster. In this column, […]

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Letters to the Editor (January 3, 2018)

Lake’s future needs a citizen board In reading Dianne Novak’s paid statement in the Dec. 27 issue of the Free Press, I was a little taken aback by some of her comments. I do agree that the lake belongs to all residents of Marion County as well as being a tourist attraction for visitors to enjoy. However, I disagree with […]

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A major mayor

A major mayor

“Not everybody loves everything a mayor does. You have to learn to have tough skin and be able to say no sometimes. That isn’t always easy. I don’t like to do that, but sometimes you have to.”<p>—Delores Dalke We affirm the tremendous leadership Delores Dalke has exercised during her 24 years as Hillsboro’s mayor. You can read the front-page article […]

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Taxes are a sign of wealth

I have never worried about paying our taxes. It was just something you do and figure it out somehow. My father-in-law, Ennis Unruh, always told me that if you are paying taxes you must be making a little money so don’t fret about it. Be happy you are able to pay taxes. • We don’t fall into the very rich […]

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