Category: Editorials

The voice of the voter

There has been talk of a five-man Marion County Commission as of late. While we understand some of what those speaking of such things are trying to get at, we also would like to point out the fact that everyone in this county has a vote. If voters in this county don’t like what is happening on the commission then […]

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Internet access is one key to economic success going forward

There aren’t many things more important than good and reliable Internet access for a town trying to be viable this century. If people can’t stream Netflix, Hulu, play online video games, and watch YouTube at their leisure, they aren’t going to be compelled to move somewhere. So Internet access is a big reason Marion County hasn’t had the economic success […]

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Growth keeps coming

Our company is about to get bigger yet again. We announced the acquisition of the McPherson News, Harvey County Independent, The Ledger, and the Hesston Record in this week’s paper. We haven’t looked for the growth, but rather have been asked to purchase papers and let them be a part of our Kansas Publishing Ventures family. I think that is […]

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Discrediting media a dangerous plan

There have been more and more cries of “Fake News” being hurled in all directions we aren’t even sure what it means anymore. What we do know is that discrediting the press is one of the most dangerous things a society can do. Do we make mistakes? Sure. Can we get everything right every time? No. We are human much […]

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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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