Category: Editorials

Moving on

Another commencement season will soon be upon us. While most high school and college graduates yearn to be free of lectures, homework and exams, some of us watching from the sidelines wish we were back in what looks to us now as a relatively carefree life of inquiry and discovery compared to the daily grind of job, family and responsibilities. […]

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‘Unpublic’ servants

We applaud the Marion County men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers during this, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 14-20. The week is dedicated to public safety telecommunicators who aid in providing 9-1-1 assistance to citizens everywhere. The term “9-1-1” is often associated with rapid emergency response, poise under pressure, aid and compassion in times of distress […]

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Soil sense

We voice our support once again for the stewards of our land and water. In a perfect world, that would include all of us, but we’re thinking specifically of our farmers who invest their effort and money to protect our natural resources through proven soil conservation practices. For many farmers in our area, a consistent commitment to soil conservation arises […]

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Too much sports?

We appreciate the many expressions of support the Free Press receives for its effort to cover life and events in the Marion County region. The one complaint we’ve heard most frequently since we started nearly 20 years ago now—and we don’t hear it all that frequently—is that we devote too much attention to sports. By some standards, that’s probably true. […]

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Perseverance

These are challenging times for rural communities in Kansas, and perhaps nationwide. Certainly, the rural vs. urban battle is real in Topeka, and as our rural population continues to dwindle as people migrate to the urban centers, the legislative disparity will only get worse. In that context, we’re proud to produce our Annual Report for the city of Hillsboro in […]

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Can you spell ‘success’?

It was refreshing to observe the Marion County Spell Bee again this year. There’s something special about being among students who care about spelling and think it’s worthwhile to excel at it. We work in a profession that cares deeply about words—how they are used, the nuance they carry and especially how they’re spelled. Accuracy is the cornerstone of good […]

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Lifeblood

In the Hillsboro Annual Report that we’ve inserted in this week’s Free Press, you will encounter the economic lifeblood of the community. In addition to the ads that trumpet the wide range of products and services Hillsboro businesses offer, we again are running capsule summaries of every and any business that chose to participate. Later this month, you can expect […]

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• The definition of “conservative” continues to change on the political landscape. Winston Churchill is credited with saying, “If you’re not a liberal at 20 you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative at 40 you have no brain.” The observation of the legendary leader of Great Britain highlights the change that so often comes with age: idealism matures […]

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2017: Top 10 stories

Year 2017 brought a variety of positive developments to our part on the prairie, even if the path was occasionally rockier than we’d prefer. With that in mind, following is our annual list of the Top 10 news stories for the year. 1. Hillsboro hospital promise becomes reality. Nearly nine years after the announcement of a new for-profit hospital in […]

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A major mayor

A major mayor

“Not everybody loves everything a mayor does. You have to learn to have tough skin and be able to say no sometimes. That isn’t always easy. I don’t like to do that, but sometimes you have to.”<p>—Delores Dalke We affirm the tremendous leadership Delores Dalke has exercised during her 24 years as Hillsboro’s mayor. You can read the front-page article […]

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