Category: Editorials

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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Many reasons

• Christmas has a way of enabling us to rise above our normal selves. Love it or dread it, we all need Christmas. For many, the season is an opportunity to be renewed by the spiritual significance of its origin and be humbled by the depth of God’s love and sacrifice for fallen humanity. For those who reject that notion, […]

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What we need

• The Christmas story should teach us that good gifts come in the most unexpected packages. If the Christmas story teaches us anything, it is that the more certain we are that we can predict, or even identify, the intervention of God in this world, the more we should expect to be surprised by our miscalculation: The Holy One delivered […]

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Miracle

Miracle

• The Mabee grant of $1 million should move Tabor’s fine arts center from dream to reality. Congratulations goes to Tabor College—and all of Marion County, really— upon the announcement that the Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, Okla., will be awarding the college a $1 million grant toward the construction of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The gift will […]

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Community

• Marion County isn’t perfect, but it’s a place where people do good for a good cause. It’s said the holiday season brings out the best in people—aside from those bargain-buying binges, of course. One of the great things about living in Marion County is that people here don’t wait for a holiday to support each other. In this issue […]

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Stopping to think

• We may never have everything we need, but probably far more than we deserve. It’s easy to slip into the “poor me” mode in our culture. Life seems tough on the side of the fence we happen to occupy. You know how it goes. We work too hard, get paid too little. We pay too much for what we […]

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Attitude of choice

• We can define our lives either by our disappointments or by our undeserved favor. With uncertainties facing this country as 2012 nears an end, Thanks­giving Day is an even more important holiday than usual. When it’s easy to fret how bad things could get, we need a day to remind ourselves how good we actually have it. Gratitude has […]

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