Category: Editorials

Healthier outlook

• Hope is rekindled for the construction of a new hospital for Hillsboro. This time it feels real. If your response to HMC/CAH’s announcement that construction could begin this fall on the long-awaited new Hillsboro Community Hospital facility was “I’ll believe it when I see it,” you’re likely in good company. Seven years have passed since the initial promise was […]

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Keep it beautiful

• A coat of paint can go a long way in making Marion County attractive to everyone. It is amazing what a coat of paint can do to spruce up a space. Cable television shows are dedicated to the topic of such an idea and how it affects people’s home-buying experience. People notice when a space is pretty, organized and […]

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Fair shake

• Despite challenges, the Marion County Fair offers affordable family entertainment. Even under the best of circumstances, county fair planners are challenged annually to create an entertainment environment that will attract a general public that seems underwhelmed by anything less than a Worlds of Fun experience. In a perfect world, effort would be rewarded proportionally with public response. If that […]

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Digital divide?

• Digital communication is great for those who can afford the technology. What about the rest? Technology is pushing the world toward a paper­less work environment, and the evidence is growing locally. Direct-deposit checking and online bill payments have been around for quite a while now, greatly reducing the need for paper checks. The local school board began distributing its […]

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Job well done

• Clint Seibel leaves a laudable track record after eight years of service to the Hillsboro community. Economic development director has to be one of the toughest jobs in small-town government. Who would chose a public job where it’s possible to work (very hard) for weeks, months, sometimes years behind the scenes with little evidence of tangible productivity, much less […]

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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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