Letter to the Editor
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:38Column distorts state stand on schools
As a Kansas school teacher for 33 years, in public and private high schools and also private and state colleges, I felt compelled to respond to Bob Woelk’s mischaracterization of what the Kansas Legislature is attempting to do with the House bills he described in last week’s paper (“Free Falling,” March 13).
To quote Mr. Woelk: “One of the bills would no longer allow teachers to deduct union dues from paychecks.” This is simply untrue. What occurred in the past is that dues for political action from the KNEA were deducted from teacher’s paychecks automatically. A teacher had to request that they not be deducted.
I can tell you from experience that heavy pressure was exerted...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:49Canceling tours is
My office just finished notifying hundreds of Kansans that their requests to visit the White House have been declined. The White House has informed Congress that as of March 9, White House tours are cancelled indefinitely due to sequestration.
Every spring and summer, thousands of students, families, veterans and other tour groups travel to our nation’s capital to enjoy all of the history and sights our capital city has to offer. To arbitrarily deny access to a taxpayer-funded, historical building, such as the White House, is seemingly political and clearly cynical.
Sequestration has impacted every branch of government. Like the White House, my office is facing cuts to our...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:21Our employees are not doing their job
A recent article in another newspaper about the proposed state constitutional amendment to prohibit courts from making decisions about school funding includes this statement: “But supporters argued they’re trying to make sure elected legislators make decisions about state spending instead of unelected judges, according to the Associated Press.”
Our three-branch government system is established to allow checks and balances between the three branches and such an amendment would be contrary to that concept.
In fact, the court probably made it’s decision on school funding because the legislature wasn’t doing it's job. And the legislature’s track record seems to support that...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:49Salem Home leader worthy of praise
I?have been a member of the workforce for 40-plus years and have witnessed various leadership styles. Working at Salem Home under Kris Erickson has been, by far, the most pleasurable.
Kris is up-front, no-nonsense and to the point about his expectations. He does not micro-manage or belittle. He does not dominate with an iron fist.
He has compassion for his employees as well as the nursing home residents; and he truly cares about each of them.
He is approachable—always with an open-door policy—and listens to each and every person that comes to him. He may not always agree—and will tell you so—as well as give an explanation why. He will often go on to give suggestions, or “food for...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:40Grant to help seniors
‘Return to Home’
Parkside Homes would like to express our gratitude to the Hillsboro Community Foundation and Kansas Health Foundation for the generous grant awarded Feb. 12. It is an honor to be part of a community that is committed to growth and new opportunities for Hillsboro and Marion County residents.
With this $2,500 grant, Parkside will begin a “Return to Home Program” designed to help community members succeed as they return home after rehab or extended nursing care stays at Parkside.
The program features a liaison that will meet with individuals in their home to follow up and assist with completing discharge instructions. The majority of funds received through the grant will aid in...
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