Category: Editorials

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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Bring back the stool

Let’s be honest: Nobody likes to pay taxes. But responsible citizens will agree that reasonable taxation is the price citizens pay to access basic public services that contribute to our well-being and provide opportunities for all citizens to secure their essential needs, enhance their communities and pursue their dreams. The Brownback tax cuts in 2012 were intended to stimulate sufficient […]

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Moving on

Another commencement season will soon be upon us. While most high school and college graduates-to-be 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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Medicaid for rural aid

Kansas common sense suffered another blow Monday when the House came three votes short of overriding Gov. Brown­back’s veto of House Bill 2044, which would have expanded the Medicaid program in our state. The House voted 81-44; 84 votes were needed. This bill would have: • Provided important health-care coverage for more than 150,000 of our most vulnerable citizens. • […]

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Be prepared

Most of us are still curious about weather extremes this winter between stretches of cold and warm, and windy and dry. Old Man Winter is finished, but as we enter spring keep in mind that once warm weather arrives for good, so does the peak season for tornadoes and other wild weather in Kansas. Are you prepared for the unthinkable? […]

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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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