Category: Editorials

Style points

A unique week brought two of our state’s national politicians to Hills­boro within three days of each other. With it came a unique opportunity to observe their political demeanor. Rep. Tim Huelskamp led a small town hall gathering early Monday morning while Sen. Jerry Moran spoke at a Kiwanis Club luncheon Thursday. While both Republicans espouse a similar conservative perspective, […]

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Pathetic process

We have a better idea how the state’s new school-funding law will impact our area school districts. Hillsboro is taking a bold step to make lemonade out of this lemon-like law by advancing a plan to parlay a portion of the district’s property-tax reduction into more state money support, courtesy of richer school districts. But it’s the due-process portion of […]

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Sweet

Last week we posed a serious question: Given the success of our Kansas colleges—Wichita State, Kansas, Kansas State and Tabor—could the current basketball season get any better for local hoops fans? We thought it could, and we were right. Three of our high school teams—Centre girls, Hillsboro girls and Hillsboro boys—are preparing for state tournaments this week after winning their […]

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Soil sense

We voice our support once again for the stewards of our land and water. In a perfect world, that would include all of us, but we’re thinking specifically of our farmers who invest their effort and money to protect our natural resources through proven soil conservation practices. For many farmers in our area, a consistent commitment to soil conservation arises […]

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Grant these wishes

The value of community foundations was reinforced again Friday when the Hillsboro foundation distributed nearly $16,000 to 13 not-for-profit agencies in support of projects that seek to make a difference in the lives of local families. That most of these grants originate from the HCF “Impact Fund” speaks to their intent as well as their potential for personal growth and […]

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Winter weary

Yes, we needed the moisture, even though we’re told a foot of the light, fluffy snow we received last week won’t amount to much water when it melts. And yes, this latest extended dip into the thermal deep freeze may have finally killed off some of the insect pests that were already planning their attack for the coming summer. That’s […]

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Living proof

Who could communicate to young students the opportunities for jobs and careers—in their hometown or elsewhere—better than the people who once sat in the same classrooms and now are living proof that a fulfilling employment future is a realistic and tangible possibility? We affirm the creativity and local focus that formed the vision of last week’s Kansas Day College and […]

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Determined

These are challenging days for rural communities in Kansas, and perhaps nationwide. Certainly, the rural vs. urban battle is real in Topeka, and as the rural population continues to dwindle as people migrate to the urban centers, the legislative disparity will only get worse. In that context, we’re proud to produce our Annual Report for Hillsboro this week, and our […]

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Over the top

Hillsboro High School event organizers have never shied away from recruiting top-notch programs to its athletic tournaments, but this year’s Trojan Classic girls’ field is over-the-top good. When the seeds were selected last week, five of the eight teams were undefeated; six were ranked among the top six teams in the state within their respective size classifications. At the time, […]

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Game on

• As the 2014 legislative session begins, a lot in limbo in regard to the funding of public schools. With the start of the 2014 legislative session Monday, pollsters and pundits are wondering what lies ahead for our state lawmakers. Part of the uncertainty is that the Legislature passed a two-year budget last year—a move we applaud—which in theory takes […]

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