Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 06 February 2008 15:59Bum-rushed bill will hurt state in long run
Last week the Kansas Legislature introduced bills in both houses that if passed will make Kansas the most coal friendly state in the union. The bill is the reaction to KDHE’s denial of a permit to build two 700 mega-watt coal-fired power plants in Holcomb.
The bill will permit the release of several million tons of new emissions in Kansas if the plants are built by Sunflower and co-investors. This project will degrade the air quality for all of...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 02 December 2008 14:19n The Christmas season officially began in Hillsboro with two familiar events: the annual Schaeffler House Open House and the Sund With Santa photo opportunity sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary. The rooms in the Schaeffler House were decorated in varying themes and the 100 or so people who came by were asked to vote for their favorite. The front two living room decorated by Prairie Flowers recevied the most votes.
n Eight Hillsboro High School students were inducted into the Trojan Chapter of the National Honor Society on Dec. 1. They were Gina Andrews, Katie Batlzer, Marissa Diener, Sara Hamm, Kelsey Kaufman, Caleb Marsh, Emily Railsback and Emily Ratzlaff.
n Prairie Arts, a new arts and crafts store, opened Nov. 1 in Burns...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 18 August 2009 14:11Technology has sure changed our behavior collectively as a society. Think of all the time it saves and all the time it also takes.
It used to be we just went to bed at night and got up in the morning, read the paper, ate breakfast and went to work.
Now we plug our phones into the charger before jumping into bed and possibly check e-mail in case something important is in the in box—then check e-mail first thing in the morning and the Facebook page, too, if we have one. Not to mention a few select Web sites like KU sports for me and a couple of news sites too.
Now I’m finally in the smart-phone arena. All of those things I mentioned above are now in my pocket. What a deal.
We just revamped our cell phone service at the Free...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 01 September 2009 13:14Enthusiasm is building for the start of the fall sports seasons. A few teams have already competed. We may be spitting in the wind to bring this up, but now is the time to remind ourselves that modeling good sportsmanship is as noble an aspiration as achieving a winning record. This is true for coaches and players, but especially for fans who, when you stop to think about it, really have no other commendable contribution to make to the competitive environment.
Cheer fanatically and positively for your team. Refrain from bad-mouthing officials as well as opposing coaches and players (as well as those on your own team). Whatever would embarrass you if you said it or did it in church, don’t do it in the stands either. You represent your...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 16 January 2008 16:25State’s needs require leadership priorities
The article last week (Jan. 9) giving Rep. Don Dahl’s take on the upcoming Kansas legislative session seems to be setting a low expectation for anything being accomplished other than the typical partisan sniping over taxes.
In the entire article I did not read a reference to any of the many issues that need to be addressed, such as:
Water policy. This paper reported a few weeks ago that Marion County cities that obtain water from the Marion Reservoir may face supply problems in the next five years and the loss of the source in 20 years.
The quality of the water continues to be compromised by siltation from the watershed. This surface-water situation and lowering groundwater...
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