Category: Editorials

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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Free to speak?

As we celebrate our American freedoms on this date, we should remind ourselves to embrace the freedoms we claim to be so fundamental to our national character and dear to our hearts. In times of bitter political posturing we’re tempted to be less tolerant of the voices of opposition. We don’t have to like the political views we hear, whether […]

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Humbling harvest

Local wheat producers—and all of us who benefit from their success—have a lot to be thankful for as this year’s record harvest nears conclusion. The harvest season was quick moving, despite a couple of rain and wind events; hail did impact the northern part of the county. Even so, Cooperative Grain & Supply said reports of 60 to 65 bushels […]

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Bushel bonus

Each year, more than 20,000 Kansas wheat farmers take dramatic risks to grow the wheat that feeds the world. Early reports indicate a good crop this year, at least in central Kansas. If the weather holds this week local farmers—and all of us who benefit from their good fortune—should be smiling. The test of a good harvest usually is the […]

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Transformation

Years ago, the local newspaper ran an occasional feature called the “Did Something Award.” It cited the effort of local folks and businesses that went above and beyond to make a positive difference for the town. We couldn’t help but think of that award as we witnessed the ribbon-cutting for MB Foundation’s beautiful $2.1 million building at the corner of […]

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Bloomin’ algae

Following a summer with fewer blue-green-algae public warnings at Marion Reservoir than we were used to, the lake may be facing its worst situation in our memory. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engin­eers, closed the lake to public use Friday. Camping was allowed at a few sites, but campers were required […]

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Season for safety

Whether you wore a helmet while riding your bike as a child, it’s a must for kids these days. Nearly 300,000 kids make a visit to the emergency room every year with bike-related injuries, some resulting in death or severe brain injury. Wearing a helmet can help reduce your child’s risk of making such a visit. The Consumer Product Safety […]

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Perseverance prevails

Sometimes perseverance trumps paranoia. The grand-opening ceremony for Hills­boro Community Hospital on Saturday should remind us that some visions are worth pursuing despite our doubts. That said, we would be less than honest if we didn’t admit there were moments over the past nine years when we doubted Saturday would ever happen. Some among us wondered whether Marion County could […]

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Steady approach

It is reassuring to have a steady-minded vice president like Mike Pence. During his trip to South Korea and Japan, Pence spoke with a serious face, strong words and sincere emotions. Not once has he tweeted anything, nor has he bragged on himself or made himself out to be bigger and better than other leaders. The Korean Peninsula remains a […]

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