Letter to the Editor
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 August 2008 14:06Higher taxes is not what we need here
Highest fuel prices in history. “We need to raise taxes!”
Food costs have taken the highest jump in modern history. “We need to raise taxes!”
The Kansas farmer finally made some money this year only to have the quadrupling costs of inputs take a majority of it away. “We need to raise taxes!”
New swimming pools in our county’s two largest towns. “We need to raise taxes!”
A new jail really is needed. “We need to raise taxes!”
Some of our county roads might become gravel again. “We need to raise taxes!”
Did you know that according to the Tax Foundation, only 12 states have higher per capita property taxes than Kansas does?
Did you know that regarding corporate...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 August 2008 14:25Jail numbers raise serious questions
As a taxpayer living in Marion County, I too have questionsabout the proposed jail project and the financial figures presented tous thus far.
First, the commissioners are proposing a 1-centsales tax to pay for the construction of the $8.5 million new jail(75-78 beds). I understand the interest rate on the bonds would be inthe neighborhood of 5.25 percent.
The one-cent sales tax has been calculated to bring in around$900,000 per year. Using these figures, it would take more than 11.5years to pay off the bonds and eliminate the sales tax increase.
Second, let’s use the 65-bed figure as the maximum number availableto house prisoners from other counties. The daily rate has beenreported in the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 29 July 2008 14:24Vote Hannaford for state representative
Having graduated from Marion High School and being a former Marion resident, it is my great honor and privilege to write this letter endorsing Roger Hannaford for state representative.
As a lifelong resident of Marion County and a community business leader, Roger has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to the Republican principles I value.
Roger has gained my trust because he recognizes that our state faces very tough financial times. While state revenues continue to decrease and citizens’ budgets are squeezed, Topeka politicians continue to fund renovations of the statehouse which, at current projections, will cost every family of four in Kansas nearly $500.
It is just this...
Written by Raymond Brandt Tuesday, 22 July 2008 14:24
I would like to correct something printed in the last issue of the Free Press.
The lawsuit I filed against USD 410 was filed before the bond election and not after, as was reported.
If the school district and Tabor project is such a good thing, why have no other schools tried it?
I have always respected the editor of the Free Press, but I was disappointed that he referred to the lawsuit as a sideshow. I thought he had more class than that.
Written by Free Press Tuesday, 15 July 2008 14:47Voters should be informed on issues
The Catholic Church advocates certain family and marriage values.Currently, we have 153 Catholics serving in the U.S. House ofRepresentatives and Senate.
Regrettably, only six of 102 Democrats voted 100 percent with theirchurch’s position on 10 family value issues, while 60 received a 0percent. Thirty-eight of the 51 Republicans supported their church’sviews 100 percent. No Catholic Republicans received a zero rating.
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback’s score was 100 percent with his church.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi scored 0 percent. She did get 100percent ratings from the National Abortion Rights Action League and thetaxpayer funded, misnamed, No. 1 abortion provider Planned...
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