Category: Editorials

Shades of gray

Woodrow Wilson won reelection as president in 1916 with the slogan, “He kept us out of war”—even as bloody world war raged in Europe. Less than four months into his second term, Wilson changed his mind: “The world must be made safe for democracy.” Four days later, Congress voted to declare war on Germany. With those eight words, Wilson left […]

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Fair point

Once again, the communities of Hills­boro and Marion will have an opportunity to put their best feet forward as thousands of guests come our way Saturday to take part in the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair and Marion’s Art in the Park. These two events require an amazing investment of energy—both by event organizers and the many volunteers who assist. […]

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Buckle up

Starting Sept. 17 through the 23rd, the Marion County sheriff’s office will join with other state law enforcement agencies in support of National Child Passenger Safety Week. The emphasis includes aggressive enforcement in school zones of the child-restraint and seat-belt laws of Kansas in an effort to stop the unnecessary injury and death of children in vehicles. Car crashes are […]

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Parental ‘rights’

With the start of school comes the start of middle and high school athletics. Our annual “Extra Point!” fall sports preview, focuses attention on the athletes and coaches at the six high schools and college in our distribution area. One other population group is critical to a positive outcome of high school sports: parents of athletes. The coaches we’ve worked […]

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Quality of character

One of the many memorable lines from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, considered by many to be one of the most powerful orations in American history, speaks to the heart of his message: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by […]

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Significance

Hillsboro and Marion County again feels complete with Tabor College students arriving on campus over the past weekend. Not only are the college parking lots brimming with the evidence of new blood, but so will businesses, parks and churches as students begin to make themselves at home for the fall semester. We’ve always known that Tabor College and its students […]

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More than one

The Greek philosopher Plato has been credited with originating the idea that the best form of government is a benevolent dictatorship. By definition, a benevolent dictator is an authoritarian leader who exercises his or her political power for the benefit of the people rather than exclusively for personal self-interest or benefit, or for the benefit of only a small portion […]

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Paperless poverty

Technology is pushing the world toward a paper­less work environment, and the evidence is growing locally. Direct-deposit checking has been around for quite a while, eliminating for many the need for paper paychecks. Most bills can be reviewed and paid online. Numerous public entities, from school districts to city governments, distribute board agenda and documents in digital form; for many […]

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Fair expectations

Even under the best of circumstances, county fair planners are challenged annually to create an entertainment environment that will attract a general public that seems underwhelmed by anything less than a Worlds of Fun experience. In a perfect world, their efforts should be rewarded proportionally with public response. If that were the case, organizers of the Marion County Fair, set […]

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Why state tax strategy was a necessary step

by Rep. Don Hineman Kansas House of Representatives Last month, the Kansas Legislature enacted comprehensive tax reform, overturning Gov. Sam Brown­back’s overly aggressive 2012 tax cut. This return to common-sense tax policy resulted from legislators listening to their constituents and fulfilling the promises they made during 2016 campaigns. In the end, a group of 88 representatives and 27 senators from […]

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