Category: Editorials

R.I.P., HB 2504

One item of good news coming out of Topeka this weekend is the “death” of House Bill 2504—at least for the current session. May it rest in peace eternally. House Education Chair­man Ron Highland, R-Wamego, said his committee will not consider further action on the bill that would reduce the number of school districts in Kansas to 132 from 286. […]

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Making an impact

It was energizing to watch last week as the Hillsboro Community Foundation distributed a record $18,300 to 10 worthy organizations through the Hillsboro Area Impact Fund and Kansas Health Foundation Fund. That’s $1,400 more than was awarded last year. It’s clear the dividends are paying off—in terms of growth in the endowment earnings, but more so in the assistance HCF […]

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Homegrown

Without question, one of the greatest needs for most rural communities is homegrown entrepreneurs. That truth was powerfully demonstrated with the abrupt announcement earlier this month that Wal-Mart would be pulling the plug on its Neigh­borhood Market in Hills­boro. It was a cold, corporate decision made far away by people with little consideration for the communities their stores were serving. […]

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More of Moran

In the midst of the Trump and Hillary show, the harping of ideologues on either extreme of the political landscape, and the bullheadedness of state and national leaders who defend failing policies out of “principle,” an hour of listening to Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran almost renews one’s faith in our political system. Almost. Not everyone will agree with Moran’s positions […]

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Road to progress

If the road to success in Marion County was the road less traveled during 2015, it was only because the road and bridge department didn’t have enough gravel to make them passable. (So much for road and bridge humor.) Actually, 2015 brought a variety of positive developments to our part on the prairie, even if the path was occasionally rockier […]

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Beyond the ordinary

The child was born to an unwed mother in a shelter built for livestock. She couldn’t afford hospitalization and had no insurance to her name. The man who stayed close to her side wasn’t the baby’s biological father. To his credit he stuck by his woman, deflecting the taunts of co-workers and the gossip of neighbors. He said he loved […]

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Balancing pitfalls

As the popularity of e-cigarettes gains steam, the product remains enveloped in a cloud of controversy. E-cigarettes simulate tobacco smoking with a heating element used to vaporize a liquid solution. Users inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. The product comes in appealing flavors such as chocolate, grape, cotton candy and more. Also attractive […]

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Guilt by accusation?

In a previous life, we worked for a boss who held to an interesting perspective on personal character. “The person who is quick to accuse someone else of improper behavior is the person mostly likely to behave that way himself,” he used to say. The logic behind the characterization is that a mind oriented toward the dark side naturally assumes […]

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To thank is to think

It’s so easy in our culture to slip into the “poor me” mode. Life seems tougher on the side of the fence we happen to occupy. You know how it goes. We work too hard. We pay too much. We can’t afford one. We don’t have enough time. We can’t keep up. We can’t catch a break. We’re misunderstood. We’re […]

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Risk and reward

It’s understandable why Hillsboro residents have questions, even concerns, about the city’s decision to loan up to $1.5 million to HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc., the Kan­sas City-based company that owns Hills­boro Commun­ity Hospital and a few other small health-care facilities in Kansas and a handful of other states. Many of us remember the company’s promise to build a $10 million facility […]

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