Letter to the Editor
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 15 February 2011 15:43Snow-removal effort much appreciated
I would like to publicly acknowledge the help the hospital received from any city and county staff during the snowstorm we saw Feb. 8. I know the assistance they provided may be a part of their job description, but I feel their efforts were above and beyond the call of any duty or obligation to our community.
Individuals that helped get necessary medical providers into the hospital included Sheriff Rob Craft, (Police) Chief Dan Kinning, Brad Richards, Jessey Hiebert, City Administrator Larry Paine, city street crew and the county road and bridge crew. I appreciate the high level of support we always get from our city and county employees.
On behalf of those who seek care and those who provide...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 08 February 2011 15:37Local support made production possible
We want to extend our thanks to the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Association, Hillsboro Community Foundation, USD 410 and other area businesses and individuals for supporting the Jan. 27-30 performances of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Your support made it possible to present a stage version of this significant Pulitzer Prize-winning novel published 50 years ago. The cast and crew valued this opportunity to present this story to five appreciative audiences.
Thank you for your generous assistance.
Judy Harder, Tabor College theater director, on behalf
of the cast and crew
Grant will help our families, community
The Hillsboro Community Foundation recently awarded a 2011 Hillsboro Area...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 02 February 2011 01:30Cutting arts funding not a helpful option
In the Jan. 26 Free Press, Rep. Bob Brookens gave a thoughtful analysis of the state budget situation in regard to cutting the Kansas Arts Commission. He is still researching the question, and I commend him for his efforts to educate himself on the issue.
But the proposal from Gov. Brownback is what I want to focus on. He wants to eliminate the Arts Commission’s budget of $500,000, but toss them a one-year amount of $200,000 to transition to a private non-profit agency. This, in the light of trying to fill the budget gap of $500 million. That’s $500,000,000.
If you do the math, you can see that the Arts Commission budget is only 1/1,000 of the budget shortfall. This isn’t a drop in a...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 25 January 2011 16:24Cuts in state aid will hamper rural schools
Recently, we were made aware of the governor’s budget proposal. No doubt, our new governor has inherited a very tough budget situation. Former Gov. Parkinson said as much during his duration in office.
Yet, the proposed cuts in base state aid per pupil (BSAPP) were again disheartening for many Kansans especially for those in rural areas. Simply stated, there are three budgets from which schools operate: operational; capital outlay; bond and interest. BSAPP funds our operational budget.
The operational budget contains the “teaching and learning” expenses of our schools. These include the vast majority of employee salaries, classroom supplies, curriculum, utilities, fuel and much of...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 04 January 2011 15:30Leaders, why not plan for the best?
Doug Kjellin, new city administrator in Marion and economic development director, summed up the problem with economic development in Marion County. He said, “We better plan for the worst and hope for the best.”
Mr. Kjellin, effective change isn’t built on hope. When will we learn to plan for the best? There is so much that can be done to change our economy for the better, especially in a shrinking economy.
Perhaps the best New Year’s resolution our leaders can offer is the commitment to start planning for the best.
Emler not worthy of Senate leadership
The news of the day is that State Sen. Jay Emler has ascended to majority leader of the Kansas Senate...
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