Category: Editorials

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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Achievement

A s the fall sports season leans toward the home stretch, we salute the high school athletes who have invested so much of their time and energy in a quest to be the best individual and team possible. Athletics are thought by some to be overstressed, but there are few arenas for teenage students to better develop themselves physically and […]

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Beep where you sleep

Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association showed that less than half (42 percent) of about 36,000 respondents did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in each bedroom of the home. In an effort to better educate the public […]

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Still on mission

National Newspaper Week, Oct. 1-7, observes the importance of newspapers to communities large and small. We take this occasion to renew our commitment to the mission we set out to accomplish when the first Free Press arrived in Marion County homes more than 19 years ago. We hold to the same purpose today, and we ask you to hold us […]

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Shades of gray

Woodrow Wilson won reelection as president in 1916 with the slogan, “He kept us out of war”—even as bloody world war raged in Europe. Less than four months into his second term, Wilson changed his mind: “The world must be made safe for democracy.” Four days later, Congress voted to declare war on Germany. With those eight words, Wilson left […]

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Fair point

Once again, the communities of Hills­boro and Marion will have an opportunity to put their best feet forward as thousands of guests come our way Saturday to take part in the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair and Marion’s Art in the Park. These two events require an amazing investment of energy—both by event organizers and the many volunteers who assist. […]

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Buckle up

Starting Sept. 17 through the 23rd, the Marion County sheriff’s office will join with other state law enforcement agencies in support of National Child Passenger Safety Week. The emphasis includes aggressive enforcement in school zones of the child-restraint and seat-belt laws of Kansas in an effort to stop the unnecessary injury and death of children in vehicles. Car crashes are […]

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Parental ‘rights’

With the start of school comes the start of middle and high school athletics. Our annual “Extra Point!” fall sports preview, focuses attention on the athletes and coaches at the six high schools and college in our distribution area. One other population group is critical to a positive outcome of high school sports: parents of athletes. The coaches we’ve worked […]

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Quality of character

One of the many memorable lines from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, considered by many to be one of the most powerful orations in American history, speaks to the heart of his message: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by […]

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