Letter to the Editor
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 14 December 2010 15:01Mercy to Westboro not without risk
As I write this, it looks like Westboro Baptist Church has delayed picketing Marion churches until this Sunday. I cannot imagine a group with a more offensive behavior.
But one question keeps coming back to me. What would Jesus do if confronted with a group like this? Would he attack? Would he argue? Would he ignore them?
Probably not. It is more likely he would do the harder thing. He might invite them in out of the cold, inside his church, and try to show them God’s love.
This group is filled with hate, and their hate provokes more hate. In some twisted way, they may feel validated by this. I don’t know how many members Westboro has, probably some followers, and some true believers. I know...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 07 December 2010 15:36Blood drive drew 12 donors Nov. 22
It is great to think of all of the lives that will be touched by the blood donations given at the American Red Cross blood drive Nov. 22 in Hillsboro. We had 13 people who came in to donate.
I hope each person who bravely donated to help save a life will share this positive experience with someone who has never donated before. The No. 1 reason people do not give is because they are not asked.
Blood shortages are increasingly common as many people who were more regular blood donors are now in need of medical treatments that require blood. We need more people to donate blood as a routine community responsibility. Donating blood is safe and easy, and yet is so very vital.
Thank-you to all who made...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 23 November 2010 15:37Relay for Life plans changes for 2011
Relay season is upon us. The Relay For Life committee has begun planning for the 2011 Relay For Life.
We are excited to announce this year’s theme as “Relay Remodel!” As times change, we are sometimes hesitant to change how we do things. We get caught up in the “this is how we have always done it” mode and forget to look outside the box.
This year the committee is excited to try some new things, make some changes and continue with some of the oldies but goodies.
A big change this year will be the date of the event. Typically, Relay has been hosted in June. This year’s event will take place April 29-30 at Warrior Stadium in Marion.
A new concept we are going to implement is...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 16 November 2010 17:25THE WEEK THAT WAS / 5 years ago
Holub needs support for exemption battle
My hat is off to Dan Holub, who seems to be fighting singlehandedly to correct the wrong that has been done to Marion County. Mr. Holub is trying to reverse the Kansas tax exemption given to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline.
The Free Press quotes him as stating that the 10-year exemption represents $3.5 million annually to six counties. That is an attention-getting amount of money. We need to rally and support his efforts.
What about other counties? Will the commissioners from the other five counties help Holub?
This could be the answer to our jail and road problems. Why would Commissioner Dallke have “no comment” when asked for his position on this...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 19 October 2010 15:57Administration won’t admit reform failure
Americans continue to disapprove, in high numbers, of the new health-care reform law. We have now seen reports that U.S. businesses, including McDonald’s, cannot afford to comply with the new mandates in the law, warning that they will result in increased costs or dropped coverage for their workers.
The reality of this new law is so negative that the administration has resorted to handing out waivers to ease the blow at this critical time during an election year.
While I am pleased to hear Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is admitting that the new law is unworkable by making exceptions for some companies, I am disappointed that she has not extended these waivers to...
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