Category: Editorials

Fair needs feedback, volunteers, not just screams from rooftops

The Marion County Fair wasn’t quite to the granger as some remember it in the past. The Marion County Fair Board responded with a simple request on social media – what do you want to see at the fair next year that might move the needle. The response from the fair board is a good one. If attendance was low […]

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Do your research before you vote

This upcoming election isn’t for homecoming king and queen. It’s not for whom is most popular in the county and it’s certainly not something that should be taken lightly. Unfortunately, in many local elections the issues get thrown out the door and instead the most popular person running gets elected. People sit down, say XXXX candidate is a nice guy […]

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Economic cooperation needs to happen for county to prosper

The end appears to be near for the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. (MCCEDC) with the City of Marion pulling its financial support for the organization. Maybe this will be a good thing and maybe it won’t, and rather than getting into the complexities of that organization and how it runs, it would be more useful to keep an […]

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Don’t close the door on transparency

The Marion County Commission has a transparency problem. Plain and simple. Whether they are holding secret, hotel meetings to introduce potential employees or misusing executive sessions to discuss taxpayer money behind closed doors, the commission has a tendency to box out the public. But it’s not too late. Like any other problem, the first step to recovery is to simply […]

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Marion County should capitalize on its natural resources

Marion County has a lot to offer. Surrounded by counties much larger than itself, Marion County has something none of those places have: the scenery and the reservoir. That is what Marion County should be building its approach to economic development around. The appeal of a big company locating to Marion County is something anyone can get excited about. The […]

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Free Press moving on after 20 years of leadership from Ratzlaff

A new era is ahead of us at the Free Press. Our editorial leader, Don Ratzlaff, has taken a position at Tabor College, which leaves some very large shoes to fill for the first time in 20 years. Don helped start the Free Press, along with Joel Klaassen, two decades ago, and both of them have been a fixture on […]

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Editorial: Transition Time

Six weeks short of 20 years ago, with Joel Klaas­sen as publisher, and this writer as editor, the Hills­boro Free Press made its unconventional debut: a newspaper with no subscription fee and delivered every week to each home in Marion County, funded largely by ads and insert revenue. When our premiere issue debuted Aug. 12, 1998, we announced our editorial […]

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Editorial: safety first?

A recent study by the Internet site WalletHub ranks the Sun­flower State slightly below the middle of the country in terms of “safest states to live in” at No. 36. Categories of evaluation included personal and residential, financial, roads, workplace and emergency preparedness. Vermont ranked No. 1 overall. Each state is safe from some dangers, but falls prey to others. […]

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Editorial: Common courtesy

When you get down to it, most public laws and ordinances grow out a lack of thoughtfulness and common courtesy between citizens. When one citizen disregards the reasonable wishes of a neighbor, the legal authority eventually steps in to require courtesy under the threat of fine or punishment. As a result, we have laws to guard the most reasonable human […]

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It is a big deal

One doesn’t realize just how big the Kansas Track & Field State Cham­pionships has become until he or she arrives around mid-day Saturday and looks for a parking spot relatively close to Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University. Trust us, you won’t find one. With more than 3,300 athletes from all six classifications competing, you only can imagine how many […]

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