Category: Editorials

A word about letters

• We believe the most effective letters to the editor err on the side of brevity rather than length. We love letters to the editors. Whether they are critical or affirming, we welcome responses from our readers about the news we report, the features we write and any other issue of relevance to the greater Marion County area. We also […]

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State of dysfunction

• It’s a disgrace to see legislators go into overtime at taxpayers’ expense when the fix is clear. Kansas lawmakers’ attempts to mend a busted state budget are dysfunctional at best. How else to describe the bumbling going on in Topeka? After reckless income-tax cuts passed in 2012 drove the state deep into debt instead of generating Gov. Sam Brownback’s […]

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Milestones

• Grads have a clear signpost marking the next stage of life, but we all travel a step at a time. As we enter the graduation season, we pass on a word of congratulations to the high school and college students who have earned their respective diplomas and are beginning the next stage of their life journey. We have no […]

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Symbolically rich

• Tabor fittingly broke ground for its fine arts center with the hands-on help of its supporters. B lending voices and farm implements from the past with goals and dreams for the future, Tabor College broke ground Saturday for its $12 million Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. We enjoyed hearing the reflections shared by former and current faculty and […]

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Coverup exposed

Coverup exposed

• A local business initiated a major aesthetic act this month that deserves public exposure. It may be the biggest coverup in Marion County in decades, and we feel obligated to expose it to public scrutiny. Earlier this month, perhaps in the dark of night (because the activity somehow escaped our notice), Coop­erative Grain & Supply painted its historic grain […]

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Hero time

• Our “leaders” in Topeka are asking us to bear even more of their burden. Say “yes” for kids. It’s a hallmark of our times that rural school districts are being thrown to the economic wolves by our current governor and conservative legislative majority. We have too few heroes in Topeka who dare to do what they have been constitutionally […]

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A new era begins

• People who care about the future of our community will move forward with grace. A new economic era began last Wednes­day with the grand opening of the Wal-Mart Neigh­bor­hood Market in Hillsboro Heights. Few topics have generated more speculation and conversation over the past 12 months than the “mystery business” that simultaneously generated fears and cheers when its identity […]

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Bring back the stool

• With the failure of the Brownback income tax cuts, it’s time to return to Kansas common sense. Let’s be honest: Nobody likes to pay taxes. But responsible citizens will agree that reasonable taxation is the price citizens pay to access basic public services that contribute to our well-being and provide opportunities for all citizens to secure their essential needs, […]

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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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