Senator makes a refueling stop in Marion County
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts (left, photo) chats with Tabor College President Jules Glanzer during the senator’s hour-long visit in Hillsboro on Monday. His appearance in Marion County was the 102nd stop on a 105-county listening tour. The noon luncheon at the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor campus was hosted by the Marion County Republican Committee and drew about 80 people. During his remarks, the two-term senator barely alluded to his reelection campaign against Democratic challenger Jim Slattery. Instead Roberts talked about his contributions toward a national energy policy that would expand offshore drilling, Medicare reform and rural health care, tax relief and educational issues such as additional federal funding for special education and college students and reforms to No Child Left Behind. He fielded three questions from the public: one about mandatory health insurance, one about tax reform through the “fair tax” and “flat tax” initiatives, and one about the future of Social Security. “These are tough times,” Roberts said about the diversity of serious issues facing the country.