Category: Editorials

A beautiful thing

• The grants coming through the Hillsboro Community Foundation make a difference. It was striking to watch the Hillsboro Community Foundation distribute a record $16,900 to 11 area organizations and programs serving Marion County children and families. Of the total, $13,400 came through the Hillsboro Area Impact Fund; the remaining $3,500 came through the Kansas Health Foundation Fund. It’s clear […]

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Shelve it…again

• The bill to move local elections to the fall ballot is still unnecessary and counterproductive. It’s back. The silly bill that surfaced a year ago has surfaced again in the Kansas Legislature. The political machine in northeast Kansas is pushing SB171, a proposal that would change city and school board elections from April to November. The alleged goal of […]

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Can you spell ‘success’?

• Students who want to excel at it are refreshing in this age of texting and Twitter. It was refreshing to observe the Marion County Spell Bee again this year. There’s something special about being among students who care about spelling and think it’s worthwhile to excel at it. We work in a profession that cares deeply about words—how they […]

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Future farm

• The Planning Commission was right in giving its full support to USD 410’s school farm project. We are pleased the Hillsboro Planning Commission gave the USD 410 school farm project strong affirmation by voting unanimously to recommend that the city council grant a special-use permit for the project. We urge the council to respond favorably to the recommendation. We […]

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Well done

• The Goessel school district is positioned for continued excellence with its upgraded facilities. We congratulate Goessel Unified School District 411 upon the very near completion of its $3.3 million building project. Senior and junior high students, plus their teachers, moved last Thurs­day into the three new classrooms dedicated to serving science, agricultural education, and family and consumer science classes. […]

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Lifeblood

• Our local businesses are a testimony to the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels our livelihood. In the Hillsboro Annual Report that we’ve inserted in this week’s Free Press, you will encounter the economic lifeblood of the community. In addition to the ads that trumpet the wide range of products and services Hillsboro businesses offer, we again are running capsule summaries […]

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KPERS caper

• Once again the state’s public employee retirement program could be at risk for political gain. Gov. Sam Brownback apparently has decided to undo what legislators accomplished a couple of years ago with his decision to “borrow” funds from KPERS to help offset his income tax cuts that have put Kansas into a deep financial hole. A few years ago, […]

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Winston Churchill is credited with saying, “If you’re not a liberal at 20 you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative at 40 you have no brain.” The observation of the legendary leader of Great Britain highlights the change that so often comes with age: idealism matures into practicality. Kansans, as a whole, have never been thought of as […]

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Serving the public

• Our public officials aren’t perfect, but the vast majority are in the arena to make life better. With the pending transition in membership on the Marion County Board of Commissioners, we want to express appreciation to Roger Flem­ing for the contributions he made as 1st District county commissioner during his four years of service. In the same vein, we […]

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Top 10 in 2014

• This was a year when local economics was a common theme in many of our top stories. We’ll remember 2014 for a variety of reasons, but the local economy seemed to be what we talked about most. Following is our list of the Top 10 news stories for the year, based on short-term and long-term impact. Whether the events […]

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