Category: Editorials

2017: Top 10 stories

Year 2017 brought a variety of positive developments to our part on the prairie, even if the path was occasionally rockier than we’d prefer. With that in mind, following is our annual list of the Top 10 news stories for the year. 1. Hillsboro hospital promise becomes reality. Nearly nine years after the announcement of a new for-profit hospital in […]

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A major mayor

A major mayor

“Not everybody loves everything a mayor does. You have to learn to have tough skin and be able to say no sometimes. That isn’t always easy. I don’t like to do that, but sometimes you have to.”<p>—Delores Dalke We affirm the tremendous leadership Delores Dalke has exercised during her 24 years as Hillsboro’s mayor. You can read the front-page article […]

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Beyond the ordinary

The child was born to an unwed mother in a shelter built for animals. She couldn’t afford hospitalization and had no insurance or HMO to her name. The man who stayed close to her wasn’t the baby’s biological father. To his credit, deflecting the taunts of coworkers and the gossip of neighbors, he stuck by this woman. He said he […]

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What we need

If the Christmas story teaches us anything, it is that the more certain we are that we can predict, or even identify, the intervention of God in this world, the more we should expect to be surprised by our miscalculation: The Holy One delivered his son into this world as a helpless baby, born in a barn in a forgotten […]

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Dream fulfilled

Congratulations to Tabor College and its supporters upon the near completion of the long-awaited Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The dream for a new auditorium on campus goes back at least 30 years, when this Tabor student was working on his degree. With the vision and persistence of current Tabor College leaders, fund-raisers and contributors, that dream will be […]

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Think to thank

It’s so easy in our culture to slip into the “poor me” mode. Life seems tougher on the side of the fence we happen to occupy. You know how it goes. We work too hard. We pay too much. We can’t afford one. We don’t have enough time. We can’t keep up. We can’t catch a break. We’re misunderstood. We’re […]

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Season opener

When the 24th annual Marion County Toy Run rumbled from Marion to Hills­boro on Saturday, Nov. 4, we unofficially kicked off the season of thankfulness and sharing. The effort of participants to gather and deliver toys for children from deserving families should remind those of us who live comfortably to be thankful for the privilege. Ultimately, it also should prompt […]

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Surpassing success

Before the high school fall sports season comes to a final end, it’s worth highlighting something—actually someones—who achieved a remarkable feat over their four-year high school career. The four seniors on the Goessel High School volleyball have established a four-year won-loss legacy of 172 wins and only four losses. For you math whizzes out there, that equates to an average […]

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Our pick for mayor

Hillsboro voters will need to choose between two mayoral candidates with strong credentials in the Nov. 7 local election. Both Lou Thurston and Charlotte Kennedy Takahashi have long ties to the community. Both graduated from Hillsboro High School, both have extensive experience in business and managing people, both are articulate and both have vision and ideas for a better, growing […]

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Worth voting ‘yes’

This isn’t the first time we’ve asked this: In these challenging times, with complicated issues regarding budgeting, personnel and facility needs on the front burner of public attention, is the county-commission model of administration the best model for Marion County’s future? Is it time to consider a more professional model where elected officials set policy and the day-to-day machinery of […]

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