Category: Editorials

Community

When we launched the Free Press nearly 181⁄2 years ago, we made our reason for existence known from the start: “Our mission is to contribute to a stronger and more vibrant community by practicing and promoting the highest standards of journalism for the benefit of our readers and advertisers.” We haven’t waivered from that mission, but we also know we […]

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Keep the public in public meetings

by Brian Hunhoff “I think heroic deeds were all conceived in the open air.” The quote atop this editorial is from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” — a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and the great outdoors. Hopefully, Mr. Whit­man would have approved use of his prose to promote open, well-aired government. It’s unlikely the great poet favored […]

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Funding flunks

Anyone paying attention to our public schools was likely not surprised to hear last week that the Kansas Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Gannon v. State, holding that the Kansas K-12 public education financing system does not meet the adequacy requirements of the people’s constitution. We agree with Rep. Jim Ward from the 86th District that the solution […]

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Mini-Madness

We’re enjoying our own mini-March Madness as three local teams head for their respective elite basketball tournaments. The Tabor College men are heading to Point Lookout, Mo., for the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. The Tabor women, meanwhile, are heading northeast to Sioux City, Iowa, for the comparable women’s tournament. Our congratulations to both teams for reaching that […]

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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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KanCare leaving many Kansas vulnerable

Why does health coverage matter? Ask Suzan Emmons, a self-employed business owner in Allen County. She lost her health insurance when she attained guardianship of her grandchildren. With the increased household size, she dropped below the income eligibility requirement to receive financial help to buy private insurance. Yet, she still makes too much to qualify for KanCare, the state’s Medicaid […]

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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, our goal is to run capsule profile of every and any business that choses to participate. In two weeks, you can […]

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Heart and brain

• The 2016 election gives us hope that common sense and vision will return to state government. 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 […]

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Top 10 stories

If you’re a fan of uncertainity and an enemy of social civility, 2016 was a great year in many respects. It didn’t help that 2016 was an election year for the country, with a trickle-down tsunami at the state and county levels. Even so, it is our tradition in this “Year in Review” edition to offer our list of Top […]

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Second chances

The start of a new year gives all of us humans an opportunity for a new start, a fresh beginning. Ultimately, it’s up to each of us to actually make something of that opportunity, and truly take steps toward a better and more fulfilling, meaningful future in our personal, professional and corporate worlds. Good intentions are a dime a dozen […]

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