Category: Opinion

Remembering one of Hillsboro’s best

Hillsboro lost a quiet leader last week. Carol Elaine Wiebe passed away Tuesday, May 7. Every community needs leaders like Carol. She was a doer, not a talker. Her son Warran said of her; “Mom always told us if we would just do it, instead of talking about doing it, we could be done already.” For her the focus was […]

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Citizens should pay close attention to how taxes are spent

Marion County taxpayers should know about potential pitfalls with respect to the county’s spending habits, policies, pay plan based on performance and other procedures that happened in the recent past. In addition, what action is being taken to either correct or explain to the public what the commissioner’s reasoning is in resolving these issues? One major concern is the spending […]

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Finding what to do when grown up

“Her’s was a life well-lived.” I heard that statement at a recent funeral, summing up the long life of a woman now passed on to Glory. She left behind a legacy of faithfulness, including people I’m thankful to call friends. The entire service was lovely. But out of all that was said, that particular statement stuck hard and fast, as […]

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Sun came out, but not before the floods

“The sun will come out, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun…” Yes, friends, back in the mists of prehistory (AKA grade school), yours truly was in a presentation of the musical Annie. To this day, I find myself singing some of those songs at certain points in my life. And indeed, the sun has come out. […]

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Phone not worth a stuck hand

Have you ever stuck your hand somewhere it shouldn’t be and then couldn’t get it back? Last week riding home from the KU Medical Center I thought I had dropped my phone between the passenger seat and the center console. ◼ When I reached my hand in there and tried to find it my hand got stuck and I couldn’t get […]

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Flying a drone as a do-over

If I had a do-over at this point in my life I would probably work with drones in real estate or in movies to gain access to things one couldn’t do with a ladder and video camera. Since I am not allowed on a ladder it’d be fine. Or I would go into the medical field, Not for the money, […]

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Hockey providing reason to watch

This spring, I am much more interested in the National Hockey League playoffs than those of the National Basketball Association. I’m not completely sure why, but I have some ideas why I currently prefer action on the ice to the hardwood. The puck pushers seem less spoiled and somewhat more humble than the ball bouncers. Maybe it’s the fact that […]

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Celebrating those who graduate this year

This past weekend, afforded a tremendous time of celebration and reflection for me personally. The celebrations were mostly anchored in the family and church family celebrations honoring our graduating Class of 2019 for our community and throughout the entire county. This Wednesday evening is the Baccalaureate ceremony at the performing arts center for USD 408. As I listened to the […]

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Wind farm debate tougher than for, or against

The debate over wind farms has entered Marion County like a wrecking ball. The debate isn’t something germain to just Marion County though. Reno, Sedgwick, McPherson, and right here in Marion County are all debating if these ‘farms’ should be put up in their backyards. While many people are yelling half-cocked facts and figures, the truth is the debate is […]

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Thurston reflects, talks about future projects

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since my first Mayoral campaign. The time has certainly flown by and a lot has happened in Hillsboro since then. I wanted to let you know that I have signed up to run again for the office of Mayor of Hillsboro, KS, and my name will be on the ballot in […]

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