Category: Editorials

Fair point

Once again, the communities of Hills­boro and Marion will have an opportunity to put their best feet forward as thousands of guests come our way Saturday to take part in the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair and Marion’s Art in the Park. These two events require an amazing investment of energy—both by event organizers and the many volunteers who assist. […]

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Life and death

Providing adequate services in rural counties like ours seems to grow more challenging each year because of ongoing funding reductions at the state level. The latest challenge facing Marion County is Emer­gency Medical Services, which may need to move to a full-time model because of an insufficient number of volunteer certified technicians. (See story, Page 8A.) Our EMS system has […]

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Buckle up

Starting Sept. 14 through the 20th, the Marion County sheriff’s office will join with other state law enforcement agencies in support of National Child Passenger Safety Week. The emphasis includes aggressive enforcement in school zones of the child-restraint and seat-belt laws of Kansas in an effort to stop the unnecessary injury and death of children in vehicles. Most parents readily […]

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Parental ‘rights’

With school back in session, school sports aren’t far behind. In next week’s “Extra Point!” fall sports preview, we will draw attention to the athletes and coaches at the six high schools and college in our distribution area. One other population group is critical to a positive outcome of high school sports: parents of athletes. The coaches we’ve worked with […]

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Significance

Hillsboro and Marion County again feels complete with the arrival of Tabor College students over the weekend. Not only are the college parking lots brimming with the evidence of new blood, but so will businesses, parks and churches as students begin to make themselves at home for the fall semester. Recently, we’ve been made aware of just how important these […]

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Mystery Business

When an organism exhausts a food supply, it must find something new to feed on. A virus or parasite finds a new host, a predator finds new prey, and Wal-Mart searches for another market and more small businesses to devour. With all the talk of a new “mystery business” coming to Hillsboro, the speculation has many turning to the signs […]

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Down on dirt

We’re coming off another primary election season where, at least for national offices, we’ve seen enough negative political ads to make us puke. Everyone says they’re tired of negative political ads, but the flow doesn’t stop. One would assume that evidence proves campaign ads that criticize the opponent are effective. Yet the jury is out on whether “going negative” pays […]

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Primary differences?

If you are a registered Republican in Marion County, where GOP faithful outnumber Democrats 5 to 1, you can look forward to a particularly interesting primary election next Tuesday. Seven races will be contested on the ballot you receive—including five candidates running for state insurance commissioner and five candidates for state senator from the 35th District. Toss in an unusual […]

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Duck call?

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. Unless, of course, it’s a chicken. The duck idiom still applies to the identity of the “mystery business” that may be coming to Hillsboro—but so does the caveat. The property deal that appeared to be a dead duck less than […]

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Foresee a future

What would you be willing to begin doing now to help ensure that Kansans a half-century down the road will have a reliable source of water? That’s the question at the heart of Gov. Brownback’s call last fall to develop a 50-year vision for the state’s water supply and setting goals needed to achieve it. Following a series of public […]

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