Letter to the Editor
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 07 April 2009 14:07Article contained some inaccuracies
I was wishing the April 1 edition of the Hillsboro Free Press were an April Fools edition because the information presented in the article on the front page titled, “Ramona A County Hot Spot This Year,” would have then made more sense.
Even though I was pleased to see Ramona in the headlines, and I was pleased with the accolades regarding the interest in elections, I was not pleased about the misconstrued information in the article that followed.
Inaccurate information and a faulty quote or two can influence an election, especially in such a small pond.
There were several quotes attributed to me, as mayor of Ramona, in the article that were not accurate.
The facts are that our little...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 31 March 2009 14:17Seek local settlement for atrazine problem?
It was reported in last week’s paper that the cities of Hillsboro and Marion have joined a class-action lawsuit against the makers of the herbicide atrazine.
The health problems associated with atrazine have been known and publicized since the 1990s and European countries have banned its use for over a decade.
I wrote letters in this paper about the presence of atrazine in Marion Reservoir more than 10 years ago, pointing out the need to stop the use of it in the watershed.
In 1998, Kansas Department of Health and Environment submitted its list of impaired lakes to EPA in which several lakes in Kansas were identified as impaired by runoff of atrazine.
Atrazine should have been...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 17 March 2009 13:55Speak up now for clean-energy future
At noon Thursday, March 19, Kansans are being asked to rally at the Capitol in Topeka for clean energy. There is a need to come to Topeka and remind the legislature that they are there to serve the interest and future of Kansas, not powerful special interests with “deep pocket” lobbyists.
Once again the legislature, Senate and House, have voted for overturning the denial of permit for the Holcomb coal electrical generation plant as a replay of last year. The governor has promised to once again veto the bills, which will bring about an effort by the legislature to overturn the veto.
Rep. Bob Brookens and Sen. Jim Barnett have both voted for the coal plants, while at the same time saying...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 10 March 2009 13:56Be sure to read one more important book
This is an open letter to Kevin Hower, writer of the Staff Soapbox column in the March 4 issue.
I appreciated the honesty and candor with which you wrote about how you have turned your back on social conservatism and, more importantly, on Christianity. What we do with the claims of Christ is the most important decision we will ever make, so I am glad you are deciding with your eyes and mind engaged.
There is one book that was conspicuously absent from your box of unwanted books. This particular book, namely the Bible, is foundational to Christianity, so I was surprised you had not discarded it, given your new direction in life.
Its absence from your box made me wonder if you have ever...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 03 March 2009 13:49Prayer needed for hospitalized woman
A few weeks ago many of you received notice of a young mother in need of prayer. I am asking you to include her name in your church prayer circles.
Her name is Shannon Rziha. She has been diagnosed with a rare bone cancer of the left hip, and it continues to spread. She is in an Oklahoma hospital undergoing more tests and procedures.
When I first met the mother-in-law of this young woman, I had just finished reading the book “The Shack,” based on a true miracle. A miracle is what we need here for this precious woman. Let everyone rise up and shout, stand on faith that there is hope even in the hardest times.
Shannon, you are never alone.
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