Category: Opinion

Letter to the Editor

No need for five commissioners There never was a committee of many that could accomplish as much as a committee of few. We didn’t need more county commissioners. We needed better county commissioners. Still do. Stan Thiessen Hillsboro

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Letter to the Editor (11-14-18)

Now that the Free Press has spent several weeks self aggrandizing their accomplishments and posturing their achievements at the expense of space and time to the reader, let’s consider some facts. Journalism is an industry. It does everything imaginable to make money. It’s not some supernatural or virtuous arena where ethical word wizards work, not even in Marion County. All […]

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Sneaking is a bad word, risk is a good one

“We need more people who are willing to demonstrate what it looks like to risk and endure failure, disappointment, and regret—people willing to feel their own hurt instead of working it out on other people, people willing to own their stories, live their values, and keep showing up.” ~ Brené Brown As it usually happens, I accidentally stumbled on a […]

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America is trending toward being more violent

No matter which way you lean politically, one thing should be clear to everyone: America is facing a crisis of killing, and guns are the weapons of choice. As I write this late Thursday, the country is reeling again from another mass shooting, this time at a country music bar in California. For the record, this is the 307th time […]

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Trees are tough to count

When we sailed down the highways in North Carolina last weekend I started to count the trees and then gave up shortly after. There are so many you cannot begin to count them. I was kidding about trying to count them, but merely trying to illustrate a point. The trees make for some very nice scenery though. In many ways […]

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Subbing applesauce in pumpkin bread is very ‘gourd’

My mom always likes to say that bread baked after midnight tastes the best. I think that’s just her way of making herself feel better about getting stuck in the kitchen way too many times on late nights during the holidays. As an adult, the smell of cooling loaves of pumpkin bread and cinnamon wafting through the house makes me […]

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Thanks for helping us celebrate 20 years

Twenty years of the Hillsboro Free Press is a pretty neat milestone to celebrate. There aren’t many newspapers in this world celebrating 20-years in 2018. That makes this newspaper unique. It also makes it’s founders unique. Joel Klaassen and Don Ratzlaff walked out onto a limb when they started this paper in a rural Kansas county and trusted that the […]

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Students make for great engagement

I had a great time this past Thursday afternoon. I was invited by Mr. Knoll to speak to his American Government class at Hillsboro High School. I was able to speak to two Junior / Senior classes on the subject of: Mayor of Hillsboro, KS – What the heck does the Mayor do anyway? At the beginning of the presentation, […]

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Life isn’t happy or sad, it’s both

I celebrated a birthday last week—they seem to come quicker with each passing year. It was the most lovely of days, full of relaxation, coffee and fellowship with dear, dear friends. It was a much-needed intentional time to pause and celebrate life. I felt so loved with each “Happy Birthday” greeting, and as I scrolled my Facebook feed and read […]

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County employees can’t have it both ways

The Marion County Commission is looking at a pay plan for employees, but before making any decisions, it would be in the best interest of the taxpayer to study this compensation package closely. And, as taxpayers, it would be in everyone’s best interest to ask questions. In my opinion, there are some very nice people who are county employees, some […]

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