Category: Editorials

Editorial: Transition Time

Six weeks short of 20 years ago, with Joel Klaas­sen as publisher, and this writer as editor, the Hills­boro Free Press made its unconventional debut: a newspaper with no subscription fee and delivered every week to each home in Marion County, funded largely by ads and insert revenue. When our premiere issue debuted Aug. 12, 1998, we announced our editorial […]

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Editorial: safety first?

A recent study by the Internet site WalletHub ranks the Sun­flower State slightly below the middle of the country in terms of “safest states to live in” at No. 36. Categories of evaluation included personal and residential, financial, roads, workplace and emergency preparedness. Vermont ranked No. 1 overall. Each state is safe from some dangers, but falls prey to others. […]

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Editorial: Common courtesy

When you get down to it, most public laws and ordinances grow out a lack of thoughtfulness and common courtesy between citizens. When one citizen disregards the reasonable wishes of a neighbor, the legal authority eventually steps in to require courtesy under the threat of fine or punishment. As a result, we have laws to guard the most reasonable human […]

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It is a big deal

One doesn’t realize just how big the Kansas Track & Field State Cham­pionships has become until he or she arrives around mid-day Saturday and looks for a parking spot relatively close to Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University. Trust us, you won’t find one. With more than 3,300 athletes from all six classifications competing, you only can imagine how many […]

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Editorial: Rural Kansas is dying

Difficult news about declining health travels sometimes fast, sometimes slowly. But it is often received with disbelief and a desire to resist the message as well as the messenger. But something within us knows the message is true. Last week, difficult news arrived in our office by way of a forwarded Internet article. The essay was passed on to us […]

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Editorial: Stay Alert

Now that our schools are out and our children are into their summer-fun mode, it’s important that we adults crank up our safety vigilance as we drive the streets of our home communities. Kids will be kids. They live in the moment, their awareness of their surroundings is easily distracted, and the anticipation of potentially dangerous situations often is not […]

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What we learn

We commend the high school and college graduates in our distribution area, and were pleased to showcase them in the graduation insert we published last week. It’s no small accomplishment to receive a diploma in preparation for moving on to the next stage of life, whether it’s a job, more schooling or other horizons. Particularly in our public school systems, […]

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Moving on

Another commencement season will soon be upon us. While most high school and college graduates 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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‘Unpublic’ servants

We applaud the Marion County men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers during this, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 14-20. The week is dedicated to public safety telecommunicators who aid in providing 9-1-1 assistance to citizens everywhere. The term “9-1-1” is often associated with rapid emergency response, poise under pressure, aid and compassion in times of distress […]

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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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