Category: Opinion

Simplify, simplify, simplify …

“Lately I’ve been feeling I don’t need so many things. I must: simplify, simplify, simplify. Then I thought if I were really into simplifying, I wouldn’t say simplify three times. I’d say simplify. Or “simp.”—Karen Salmansohn “To do nothing and have it count for something.”—Regina Brett It all kicked off with some kitchen utensils. To be exact, it was a […]

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Gas prices were way low in ’65

Does anyone remember when you could buy a gallon of gas in Hillsboro for 22¢ and have your oil checked and the front floor mats vacuumed to boot? I did in 1965. There was no such thing as self-service and gas was always available on Sundays because the stations took turns being open on Sunday so people could fill their […]

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Summer fun and a time for vision

◼ Recreating. A lot is going on in Hillsboro this June. Our city recreation programs are in full swing: Blast Ball; T-ball; Machine Pitch; baseball; softball; swim team; tennis camp; drama camp; golf camp; baseball clinic; summer volleyball camp; youth volleyball league; Pitch, Hit & Run; Summer Craft Camp and finally STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp are all […]

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It’s time to revisit your ‘pie’orities

There were quite a number of years when I was younger that I wouldn’t eat cherry pie, despite always having loved it. My last piece before my break with the dessert was while sitting at my grandparents’ dining room table. “You know,” my cousins told me, “those aren’t cherries. Those are baby animal hearts.” I immediately dismissed them as liars, […]

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It is a big deal

One doesn’t realize just how big the Kansas Track & Field State Cham­pionships has become until he or she arrives around mid-day Saturday and looks for a parking spot relatively close to Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University. Trust us, you won’t find one. With more than 3,300 athletes from all six classifications competing, you only can imagine how many […]

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Letters to the Editor (6-6-18)

HHS columnist’s piece was stellar Kudos to Hillsboro High’s journalism department and all students who participated in the Kansas State Press Association’s competition. You all earned that state title. I want to especially single out Maddy Daniels, whose editorial in the May 30 Free Press was stellar. Maddy, your “report” in the paper held my attention throughout, and I eagerly […]

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Gossip can beat people down

Life is a journey with small and large potholes that can be easy or hard to navigate. But in the final analysis, and for purposes of this column, I would like to put it in terms of “gossip.” Engaging in gossip can be a good thing. In fact, researchers suggest it was the way people in groups learned to communicate […]

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Flying was tough on my arms

We just flew in from Atlanta, and man, are my arms tired. I may have used this before, but I don’t care. ◼ I think older people like me start to feel like they don’t need to make any excuses for what they say or how they act. I have noticed it myself recently, and I need to stop it. […]

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Celebrating our core priorities

It’s in a time of great community celebration I’m blessed to have the privilege to share this inaugural column in our county’s largest print media outlet. Thank you! Our celebrations are focused around a couple of the core priorities and strengths of our community. Our families, our children, our volunteers and our future. Our families just finished the 22nd annual […]

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Even old yeast can rise to the occasion

I was digging through our refrigerator last week, reorganizing and looking for hidden “treasures” that were stuffed into the back corners when I stumbled on some packets of yeast. I cringed a little, because I didn’t really remember when I bought them, and they were well over their expiration date. In a waste-not-want-not mood, I did some Internet searching on […]

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