Category: Editorials

Beyond the spin

Beyond the spin

• It’s time we hear the truth about public school funding in the State of Kansas. Steve P. Noble, USD 410 superintendent Recently, Rep. John Barker and Sen. Richard Wilborn voted “Yes” on H Sub for SB 7, known as the “School Block Grant Bill.” Both legislators represent at least portions of Marion County and USD 410 with Sen. Wilborn […]

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Critical point

Criticizing public leaders is a spectator sport in our culture. In some cases, the criticism is justified, for every profession has self-promoting hucksters within. But every so often it’s good for us to remember the perspective of Teddy Roosevelt, himself a frequently maligned servant of the people in his day. Spoken in 1910, his words are worth pondering 105 years […]

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Celebrate sunshine

• Let’s make sure our public officials conduct public business in a public arena. With the recent change to Daylight Saving Time, it couldn’t be a better time to celebrate National Sunshine Week, a time for the citizens of Kansas to recommit themselves to the ideals of open government. National Sunshine Week is March 15 through 21. Why should Kansans […]

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A beautiful thing

• The grants coming through the Hillsboro Community Foundation make a difference. It was striking to watch the Hillsboro Community Foundation distribute a record $16,900 to 11 area organizations and programs serving Marion County children and families. Of the total, $13,400 came through the Hillsboro Area Impact Fund; the remaining $3,500 came through the Kansas Health Foundation Fund. It’s clear […]

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Shelve it…again

• The bill to move local elections to the fall ballot is still unnecessary and counterproductive. It’s back. The silly bill that surfaced a year ago has surfaced again in the Kansas Legislature. The political machine in northeast Kansas is pushing SB171, a proposal that would change city and school board elections from April to November. The alleged goal of […]

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Can you spell ‘success’?

• Students who want to excel at it are refreshing in this age of texting and Twitter. It was refreshing to observe the Marion County Spell Bee again this year. There’s something special about being among students who care about spelling and think it’s worthwhile to excel at it. We work in a profession that cares deeply about words—how they […]

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Future farm

• The Planning Commission was right in giving its full support to USD 410’s school farm project. We are pleased the Hillsboro Planning Commission gave the USD 410 school farm project strong affirmation by voting unanimously to recommend that the city council grant a special-use permit for the project. We urge the council to respond favorably to the recommendation. We […]

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Well done

• The Goessel school district is positioned for continued excellence with its upgraded facilities. We congratulate Goessel Unified School District 411 upon the very near completion of its $3.3 million building project. Senior and junior high students, plus their teachers, moved last Thurs­day into the three new classrooms dedicated to serving science, agricultural education, and family and consumer science classes. […]

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Lifeblood

• Our local businesses are a testimony to the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels our livelihood. In the Hillsboro Annual Report that we’ve inserted in this week’s Free Press, you will encounter the economic lifeblood of the community. In addition to the ads that trumpet the wide range of products and services Hillsboro businesses offer, we again are running capsule summaries […]

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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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