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Hello Hillsboro: Energy rationing ruled out of order
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Don’t ever think that Hillsboro School District employees are lax in following policies and procedures.

One of the most important components of that situation is the never-ending battle to cut down on energy waste. That, unfortunately can lead to some uncomfortable situations, such as a meeting on a hot summer night without air conditioning.

Shortly after arriving in the high school library Monday night, I noticed it was a bit “stuffy” and didn’t seem to be getting any better. My first thought was questioning whether it was just me, or were others feeling this way?

Then, about 15 minutes into the meeting, I started feeling a bit tipsy and noticed my forehead was beginning to sweat.

If, by chance, you’re a diabetic you certainly know what that can signal!

As I began to unwrap a caramel inside my pocket, I considered just leaving and trying to catch up with the meeting by talking to School Superintendent Curt Bisarek the next morning.

Just as the door seemed to be really beckoning me to use it, Curt interrupted the business at hand and asked a staff member at the meeting if we could violate our normal thinking and turn on the air conditioning.

I can tell you without hesitation that I have never hugged a school administrator and probably never will, but when he asked for air-conditioning in that room, I almost considered it!

In just a matter of minutes, I felt much more normal, and got back to the job at hand, which turned out to include plenty of business decisions by the Board.

After the busy meeting, Curt told the three news reporters in attendance that the next morning he would email us a summary of all the decisions that were made by the Board. That’s not unusual. His extra cooperation on getting the news out to readers is well known in the local media.

It is always very appreciated, but not nearly as much as that air conditioning!


As a life-long Cubs fan, I sure did relate to a great story that has been making the rounds on TV talk shows.

A very devoted Cleveland Browns fan definitely got in the last word on his endless disappointment with their poor efforts in a long history of football futility.

He recently passed away and left a final message, disguised as a request, to the team in his obituary that was printed in the hometown Plain Dealer newspaper.

The fan requested that the Browns front office send six members of the team to his funeral as pallbearers. “That way,” he explained, “they can let me down one last time!”

The team showed a true appreciation for the man’s loyalty, if not his sense of humor, by sending the family a jersey from his favorite player.


I’ve heard from several area golfers enjoying the column’s weekly snide remarks between a smart mouthed caddie and an obvious duffer whose game needs a little polishing up

Golfer: “You’ve got to be the worst caddie in the world.”

Caddie: “I don’t think so, sir......That would be just too much of a coincidence!”