Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 27 November 2012 14:39The Hillsboro Youth Adventure program approved in concept earlier this month by the Hillsboro City Council is an interesting idea: Invite middle-school youth to see the inner working of city government and the services it provides with the hope that someday it will lead them to raise their own families here. At first blush, it seems a bit of a stretch that seventh and eighth graders would find the endeavors of city staff to be potentially life changing, but who knows?
Of course, the program is much more than your run of the mill school field trip. Fun and food will be at the heart of the day-long program, and it will include a variety of hands-on activities and games. The basic concept, patterned after the Youth Academy in Great Bend...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 20 November 2012 15:57With 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 always been an attitude of choice. Each of us can list reasons to feel sorry for our circumstances, as well as reasons to be humbled by our undeserved good fortune. Our outlook will be determined by the list we choose to define ourselves. If we stare longingly up the ladder to gaze at the amenities we do not yet possess—those things our consumer culture says we deserve and should demand—we will surely dwell in disappointment and discontent.
We need at least one day a year to focus...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:37The Kansas Association of Counties reported last week that the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group—a committee of fiscal experts given the responsibility to predict the state’s budgetary future—has estimated a loss of $705 million in fiscal year 2014 (which starts July 1, 2013) thanks in part to the governor’s new tax policies. Because the state is expected to have a $473 million surplus, the governor and state legislators would need to make additional cuts of some $328 million to balance the budget.
This is discouraging news for state-funded programs that already have been forced to bite the bullet in recent years because of the nation’s general economic downturn. This latest revenue shortfall appears to be of political...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 06 November 2012 15:23The 19th annual Marion County Toy Run from Marion to Hillsboro on Saturday unofficially kicked off the season of thankfulness and sharing. The effort of participants to gather and deliver toys for children from deserving families should remind those of us who live comfortably to be thankful for the privilege. Ultimately, it also should prompt us to begin thinking how we might share some of our abundance with people who have less.
Much of the northeastern U.S. is facing unprecedented loss and destruction from Hurricane Sandy. Some of us will be moved to contribute to the relief effort there as thousands of people wait for the simple luxury of electrical service and basic housing.
Families in Marion County have needs as well, though...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 30 October 2012 14:24
By this point in an election year, given the marathon of mudslinging, its tempting to walk away from the ballot box in disgust. But voting is not just a privilege, it’s a duty we have under our form of representative government. Some believe we face a critical presidential election that could determine the course of the country for decades. Whether that’s truth or hyperbole, one thing hasn’t changed: It’s our job to participate in the process. —DR
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