Category: Editorials

Freedom’s edge

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalien­able rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” —THOMAS JEFFERSON The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week legalizing same-sex marriage falls in line with Thomas Jefferson’s famous declaration, not to mention what historians […]

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Trust of Bust

• A pre-harvest soaking reminds us that we can make our plans, but our future is in other hands. Whether it’s extreme drought or, like this weekend, far too much rain at the wrong time, we are reminded again how much we can’t control not only the weather, but our plans, our livelihood and our future. With most of Marion […]

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Keep cutting?

• At some point, smaller government is not user-friendly for both citizens and businesses. With some political slight of hand, Gov. Brownback avoided the first government shutdown in Kansas history, created by the Legislature’s inability to agree on a revenue strategy to cover the state’s $400 million budget hole. The governor signed a bill Saturday defining all state employees as […]

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Season for safety

• With schools out, let’s equip our kids for a season of summer fun and safety on their bikes. Whether you wore a helmet while riding your bike as a child, it’s a must for kids these days. Nearly 300,000 kids make a visit to the emergency room every year with bike-related injuries, some resulting in death or severe brain […]

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A word about letters

• We believe the most effective letters to the editor err on the side of brevity rather than length. We love letters to the editors. Whether they are critical or affirming, we welcome responses from our readers about the news we report, the features we write and any other issue of relevance to the greater Marion County area. We also […]

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State of dysfunction

• It’s a disgrace to see legislators go into overtime at taxpayers’ expense when the fix is clear. Kansas lawmakers’ attempts to mend a busted state budget are dysfunctional at best. How else to describe the bumbling going on in Topeka? After reckless income-tax cuts passed in 2012 drove the state deep into debt instead of generating Gov. Sam Brownback’s […]

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Milestones

• Grads have a clear signpost marking the next stage of life, but we all travel a step at a time. As we enter the graduation season, we pass on a word of congratulations to the high school and college students who have earned their respective diplomas and are beginning the next stage of their life journey. We have no […]

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Symbolically rich

• Tabor fittingly broke ground for its fine arts center with the hands-on help of its supporters. B lending voices and farm implements from the past with goals and dreams for the future, Tabor College broke ground Saturday for its $12 million Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. We enjoyed hearing the reflections shared by former and current faculty and […]

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Coverup exposed

Coverup exposed

• A local business initiated a major aesthetic act this month that deserves public exposure. It may be the biggest coverup in Marion County in decades, and we feel obligated to expose it to public scrutiny. Earlier this month, perhaps in the dark of night (because the activity somehow escaped our notice), Coop­erative Grain & Supply painted its historic grain […]

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Hero time

• Our “leaders” in Topeka are asking us to bear even more of their burden. Say “yes” for kids. It’s a hallmark of our times that rural school districts are being thrown to the economic wolves by our current governor and conservative legislative majority. We have too few heroes in Topeka who dare to do what they have been constitutionally […]

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