Category: Editorials

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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Guv shielding wealthy on school funding

by H. Edward Fuentes In a recent gubernatorial debate, Gov. Sam Brown­back affirmed once again that he will protect the state’s wealthiest citizens from paying more for public schools. The governor was speaking before an audience of business owners and professionals in the state’s wealthiest county, Johnson County, in suburban Kansas City. Democrat Paul Davis criticized the governor for cutting […]

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On mission

• The mission statement we embraced in 1998 remains as relevant today as it was then. National Newspaper Week, Oct. 5-11, observes the importance of newspapers to communities large and small. We take this occasion to renew our commitment to the mission we set out to accomplish when the first Free Press arrived in Marion County homes more than 16 […]

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Are you prepared?

Marion County Emergency Manage­ment, assisted by more than a dozen medical, instructional and disaster relief organizations, is hosting the first countywide preparedness fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Marion County Fairgrounds. The public is invited to take advantage of the many professionals on site to prepare themselves and their loved ones for the day that nobody […]

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