Category: Editorials

Clearing the air on opinion in the paper

It’s not always easy to tell the facts from opinions these days. With so many talking head shows on television and the never-ending stream of links on social media, it can be tough to see the difference sometimes. Throw in that the country has never been more polarized as it is at this moment in history, and we can see […]

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Thankful for friends who become family

Since my kids get to talk about Joel, I decided I get to do the same. I can still remember the first time I met him. I was working as the secretary at First Mennonite. A friend introduced him to me as the person who knew everything and the one I needed to always ask for help. Wow. Truer words have […]

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It’s time to talk about diversity

Reading Aiden’s column struck a chord with me for several reasons. First of all, I have to say that it was extremely refreshing to hear a young white male call for racial equality. That doesn’t happen much. At least that hasn’t been my experience. So when I read what he wrote this week, I got excited. Because he brings a […]

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Introduction to Community Capsules

There has been a lot of change in Hillsboro over the past year and a half since the last State of the City came out. In fact, a different editor was in charge of the project the last time the Free Press put it together. So it was an honor for me to be able to work closely with the […]

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Editor is looking for some input, wants to put mark on paper

Sometimes (well, all the time) it is a little intimidating being the second official editor of a longstanding paper. But I have been pretty clear from the beginning that I knew I was following in big footprints and that I have a lot to learn. So I don’t feel like I have made any promises that I couldn’t keep. Don […]

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New editor

M y one year anniversary of working at the Free Press is coming up next week. I have loved this job since the second it sort of fell into my lap. It was one of those situations that I wasn’t looking for, but once it happened, it seemed like exactly what I had been missing in my life. I’ve learned […]

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Wind farm debate tougher than for, or against

The debate over wind farms has entered Marion County like a wrecking ball. The debate isn’t something germain to just Marion County though. Reno, Sedgwick, McPherson, and right here in Marion County are all debating if these ‘farms’ should be put up in their backyards. While many people are yelling half-cocked facts and figures, the truth is the debate is […]

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Publisher responds to ‘Record’ reporting

There is no denying the reporting done by the Marion County Record on our tax lien. I own 100 percent of it. My father taught me at a young age that no one cares about someone’s excuses, and I am sure no one would care about mine, either. We had poor accounting procedures that I oversaw, they popped their ugly […]

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Hospital still open, but also still in bankruptcy

There is no good way to report on the ongoing saga of the Hillsboro Community Hospital and please an audience from the whole county. Some people want constant updates and facts, and to my dismay, others have asked us to just stop reporting about it at all as it doesn’t look good and isn’t positive. It’s true. There isn’t much […]

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