Category: Editorials

Vision, leadership all that Marion Co. needs

Recently I was asked to speak at an event hosted by the Texas Center for Community Journalism in Fort Worth, Texas. The event allowed me to get out of town for a few days, see my sister in Texas, and catch a basketball game while we were there. What the trip also allowed me to see was the Oak Cliff neighborhood […]

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Anyone can be family

The holidays are a time when I spend probably the most time with my family. My aunt usually drives home from St. Louis, my sister drives north from Texas, and generally, there is a packed house in Buhler to greet me. I have never once thought about that not being the case for me until recently. My best friend lost his mother […]

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Shop local over holidays

Consider your neighbors and friends here locally that own businesses for your holiday shopping before going to another county to shop. Any money that stays in Marion County is good for the overall economy and while it’s always fun to take a trip to Wichita for a day, consider buying what you can here at home. – Joey Young, Publisher

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Care must be given to five member maps

There will be five members on the county commission even if no one quite knows how to get there yet. I am not sure this was a good idea or not, but one thing we know to be for certain is that the drawing of the districts will need to be done with absolute care. Personally, I would have rather […]

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Thanks for helping us celebrate 20 years

Twenty years of the Hillsboro Free Press is a pretty neat milestone to celebrate. There aren’t many newspapers in this world celebrating 20-years in 2018. That makes this newspaper unique. It also makes it’s founders unique. Joel Klaassen and Don Ratzlaff walked out onto a limb when they started this paper in a rural Kansas county and trusted that the […]

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Former local state representative gives thoughts on election

It’s time we Republicans take a look at how we will vote in the governor’s race. I served Marion County and the entire 70th House District as your Republican State Representative from 2009 – 2012 (my law partner became a judge and I had to get ‘back to work’ in the office). As a trained attorney, I want facts on […]

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Sign your name to it

There have been many things written about me, some disparaging and some complimentary, but at least most of those folks have the decency to tell me who is throwing the compliment or barb. This week we received many complaints about a certain columnist in The Free Press. Bob Woelk has written a column for as long as I have been publisher […]

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Keep up the collaboration

Marion County’s two largest cities don’t have the luxury of not collaborating to thrive. Hillsboro and Marion must treat each other not just as neighbors but almost as one entity to survive and thrive. Reading Lou Thurston’s report below makes me happy. Both cities have collaborated in the past on many issues. Both mayors talk the talk, too. It was […]

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This is not fake news

Editor’s Note: This is a guest editorial appearing as a part of National Newspaper Week next week, Oct. 7-13. Nicole Haffely of Hillsboro will be inducted into a bowling hall of fame later this year. We know this because she was featured in a front-page feature story in the Hillsboro Banner. In Mayville, the Riverwood Addition development site is nearly […]

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A change in coverage

It has come to my attention that there are people who have taken notice to some of the coverage changes in the Free Press over the last few weeks. The changes have made some happy and some sad, and we understand that. While I haven’t received one complaint in person or through e-mail, some staff members have. I just thought […]

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