Category: Editorials

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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Every vote counts

• We just witnessed a literal demonstration of the power that infuses every voter’s ballot. It’s a truism we’ve come to accept, even though we rarely feel that way: Every vote counts. On most election days our individual votes seem lost in a sea of hundreds, thousands, even millions of ballots cast. Did our “duty” truly make a difference? On […]

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Uninformed?

• The obligation to stay informed about public boards lies with public, not the board. Every so often, members of the public raise questions about the obligation of public policy-making boards to keep the public informed of its activities, citing the Kansas Open Meetings Act. The most recent occurrence has been in the context of the Hillsboro City Council’s sale […]

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Our non-endorsement

• If we were inclined to endorse candidates, we could not endorse Gov. Sam Brownback. Over the years, it has been our practice not to endorse candidates running for elected office. Technically, we are continuing that tradition as we near the Nov. 4 election. But this year we cannot remain silent when it comes to the governor’s race. The stakes […]

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The true Roberts?

• Kansans who care about character have reason to wonder what’s going on with Pat Roberts. What at first seemed to be a throw-away moment at the end of last week’s televised Senate debate between Pat Roberts and Greg Orman hit a nerve with us. After working through the prepared questions, moderator Darren Dedo of KSN News personally invited each […]

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Achievement

• Here’s to our student-athletes who give their best effort to achieve their dreams and goals. As the fall sports season leans toward the home stretch, we salute the high school athletes who have invested so much of their time and energy in a quest to be the best individual and team possible. Athletics are thought by some to be […]

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