Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 14 November 2007 08:23Why did flag error occur on Vets Day?
Hillsboro High School flew the American flag upside down Monday morning, Veterans Day, until a veteran walked in off the street at 9:30 a.m. to complain.
It is disrespectful to fly the flag upside down––an act straight out of the ’60s and its anti-war protests. The school’s excuse was that a substitute put it up.
Which brings us to another question: How is it that a substitute teacher who does not know which way is up on our national...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 26 August 2008 14:18n The Hillsboro City Council approved having a fireworks display as part of the city-wide celebration of the completion of the Main Street renovation project. Fireworks are otherwise limited by ordinance to the Fourth of July and New Year’s holidays.
n After two years of reconstruction, Kansas Highway 150 from U.S. 56 at Marion to U.S. Highway 50 at Elmdale will reopen Friday just in time for the Labor Day weekend. The cost of the new 17-mile roadway is around $25 million.
n Mike Gardner, assistant football coach and defensive coordinator at Tabor College, was selected as an AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year. He was one of 500 assistant coaches chosen among 300,000 candidates nationwide.
n Volleyball coaches in the Kansas...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 17 June 2009 06:58It’s a whole different world out in Southern California. We flew here last Wednesday to take in our niece Whitney’s graduation from UCLA during the weekend and catch up with her parents and other relatives in town for the big event.
On the shuttle to the airport, we came across a young family from Colwich who were also headed to L.A. to see relatives and go to Disneyland.
They had four children ranging from toddler to about 9, and they were all wearing orange shirts. The mom said that was so she could keep track of them.
I’ve been following the car trade-in bill and it appears to be a lemon. It’s the one where you may receive as much as $4,500 to buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle than your present one.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 30 June 2009 14:13The celebration this past weekend for Hillsboro’s 125th anniversary and the 100th birthday of the Wm. F. Schaeffler House was a great event for those who appreciate history and the pilgrimage of a hometown. It was less compelling for those who like to celebrate within a “party environment”—modern music, creative contests and lots of laughs. These preferences generally fall along generational lines, but not always.
One approach is not inherently better than the other, and the above comment is not a criticism of what transpired. The planning committee did a great job of giving this milestone the public attention it deserved. Still we wonder: Can we make history more dynamic for the younger generations —or infuse more...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 24 October 2007 10:52Kansas leads the way to protect air quality
The Friday, Oct. 19, issue of the Washington Post had a front page story titled, “Power Plant Rejected Over Carbon Dioxide For First Time.”
The story detailed the Thursday announcement by Kansas Department of Health and Environment denying the air permit for Sunflower Electric Power to construct two 700-megawatt coal plants at Holcomb.
KDHE became the first government agency in the United States to cite carbon dioxide emissions as the reason for rejecting an air permit for a proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant, saying that the greenhouse gas threatens public health and the environment.
With this decision, Kansas has become a leader in recognizing and acting on the...
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