Category: Editorials

Duck call?

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. Unless, of course, it’s a chicken. The duck idiom still applies to the identity of the “mystery business” that may be coming to Hillsboro—but so does the caveat. The property deal that appeared to be a dead duck less than […]

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Foresee a future

What would you be willing to begin doing now to help ensure that Kansans a half-century down the road will have a reliable source of water? That’s the question at the heart of Gov. Brownback’s call last fall to develop a 50-year vision for the state’s water supply and setting goals needed to achieve it. Following a series of public […]

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Fair play

We give the Marion County Fair Board credit for its effort to increase interest and participation in the 84th annual event planned for July 23-26 in Hills­boro. Many traditional components of the fair will return—including 4-H and open-class contests, two evenings of Kraft Rodeo, the Van De Creek pedal pull for kids on Wednes­day, the truck and antique pull for […]

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Bank on it

We affirm Central National Bank for helping to establish a micro-loan program that should give people participating in Circles Marion County one more tool that could help them move beyond poverty and into a more stable and healthy financial situation (see Page 13). Not only did Central National agree to host the program, it contributed $5,000 to get it going. […]

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Budget boggle

Gov. Sam Brownback is telling Kan­sans that the income tax cuts he championed in 2012 already have started to generate long-term prosperity. But he is mired in questions about whether recent, short-term revenue drops show that his fiscal policies are endangering the schools, universities and social services that many voters value. Duane Goossen, former state budget director under three governors—and […]

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Safety first?

Maybe it’s appropriate because Kansas is in the middle of the nation geographically, but a recent study by the Internet site WalletHub ranks the Sun­flower State in the middle of the country in terms of “safest states to live in” at No. 22. Categories of evaluation included workplace safety, emergency preparedness, home and community stability, traffic safety and financial security. […]

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Vote ‘yes’

Patrons of Unified School District 410 have established a reputation for sacrificing for the good of our schools and the children who attend them. It’s time for them to do it again by voting “yes” in next Tuesday’s special election. Approval of the ballot question will result in $153,000 of new funding going for the good of our kids. That […]

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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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Murky business

Now that the outcome of the “mystery business” situation in Hillsboro is known—even if the identity of the business remains mysterious—it’s a good time to thoughtfully consider the challenges that come with the effort to bring economic growth to a small, rural community. The question: Should community leaders regulate which new businesses will be allowed to set up shop here […]

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Sad irony

It is a sad irony that as Memorial Day approaches, the Veterans Administration is embroiled in a disgraceful scandal regarding its care for the veterans it was formed to protect and serve. Reports about VA employees “gaming the system” for bonuses and leaving veterans waiting months to receive crucial care have emerged in 10 states. In Kansas, management and personnel […]

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