Letter to the Editor
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 14 May 2008 10:07Jail project needs some middle ground
The cost estimates for the Marion County jail project were reported at last week’s Marion County Commission meeting. The two options presented seem to be the two extreme possibilities with no middle ground proposals.
Why not a new 20- to 24-bed facility that would cover the 25-year county prisoner census projection given by the “jail expert” at the last public meeting on the jail project?
How about taking a look at the empty lumberyard building property across from the courthouse square as a possibility for renovation into a jail?
In these times of high prices, tight county budgets and taxpayer fatigue there is a need to be creative, innovative and thrifty in the solutions to county...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Thursday, 08 May 2008 03:48Fight high fuel prices, drive 55 mph
So, another week of record-breaking gas prices, and with summer looming, it can only get worse. We’ve been here before, right? But this time, it really hurts. And it hurts everybody, including low-income people, commuters, truckers and farmers.
Do you want to know how to stick it to the oil companies and force the price of gas to go down? We could do it, and do it overnight. What? How?
Rather than curse the oil companies for making record profits off you (which they are right now); and rather than cursing President Bush for allowing his and Dick Cheney’s oil company buddies to get obscenely rich (which they are right now) and rather than cursing the oil brokers and OPEC for manipulating...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 30 April 2008 08:24Trails issues given no clear voice in county
It comes as no surprise that trail issues in Marion and McPherson counties continues to be frustrating, confusing and volatile.
To begin with, the Central Kansas Conservancy is not a responsible party in the issues of trail development. CKC lacks leadership, the organization fails to build and sustain membership and it has never fully engaged the methods of trail development within its own organization, let alone humanizing county or community involvement.
CKC doesn’t fulfill obligations to control weeds nor does it work toward physically maintaining the corridor in any manner because it lacks the money to do so and it can’t seem to agree on ways to accomplish its obligations to the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 23 April 2008 01:31Coal plants still an issue in Legislature
Don Ratzlaff’s editoral last week lamented the use of “Going Green” as an advertising gimmick to sell SUVs. I too find the use of environmental concerns as a “sales hook” to be an unfortunate marketing tool.
While it is a good thing that any business constructing a new building use the latest energy saving materials and technologies, we should also pay attention to the products being sold out of the building.
Next week the legislature will return to Topeka to wrap up the 2008 legislative session. One of the main items of business will be the vote to overturn Gov. Sebelius’ veto of two bills that would reverse the Kansas Department of Health Environment decision to not...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 16 April 2008 00:59Downtown park a boon for community
A park in downtown Hillsboro (April 2 issue)? What a wonderful idea! Congratulations to members of the Tree Board for coming up with such a beautiful vision.
I see this as a nice extension of the recent Main Street improvements and a benefit to downtown businesses, their owners and employees, customers, visitors and all who walk, bicycle or drive by. A park would be a great community use for that small piece of land.
I truly hope this idea meets with few—if any—obstacles, and becomes a reality as quickly as possible.
Clothing ministry finds new home
The Shepherd's Shed Free Clothing Storehouse has found a new home. Due to the generosity of Emanuel...
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