Category: Editorials

Bloomin’ algae

Following a summer with fewer blue-green-algae public warnings at Marion Reservoir than we were used to, the lake may be facing its worst situation in our memory. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engin­eers, closed the lake to public use Friday. Camping was allowed at a few sites, but campers were required […]

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Season for safety

Whether you wore a helmet while riding your bike as a child, it’s a must for kids these days. Nearly 300,000 kids make a visit to the emergency room every year with bike-related injuries, some resulting in death or severe brain injury. Wearing a helmet can help reduce your child’s risk of making such a visit. The Consumer Product Safety […]

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Perseverance prevails

Sometimes perseverance trumps paranoia. The grand-opening ceremony for Hills­boro Community Hospital on Saturday should remind us that some visions are worth pursuing despite our doubts. That said, we would be less than honest if we didn’t admit there were moments over the past nine years when we doubted Saturday would ever happen. Some among us wondered whether Marion County could […]

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Steady approach

It is reassuring to have a steady-minded vice president like Mike Pence. During his trip to South Korea and Japan, Pence spoke with a serious face, strong words and sincere emotions. Not once has he tweeted anything, nor has he bragged on himself or made himself out to be bigger and better than other leaders. The Korean Peninsula remains a […]

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Bring back the stool

Let’s be honest: Nobody likes to pay taxes. But responsible citizens will agree that reasonable taxation is the price citizens pay to access basic public services that contribute to our well-being and provide opportunities for all citizens to secure their essential needs, enhance their communities and pursue their dreams. The Brownback tax cuts in 2012 were intended to stimulate sufficient […]

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Moving on

Another commencement season will soon be upon us. While most high school and college graduates-to-be 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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Medicaid for rural aid

Kansas common sense suffered another blow Monday when the House came three votes short of overriding Gov. Brown­back’s veto of House Bill 2044, which would have expanded the Medicaid program in our state. The House voted 81-44; 84 votes were needed. This bill would have: • Provided important health-care coverage for more than 150,000 of our most vulnerable citizens. • […]

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Be prepared

Most of us are still curious about weather extremes this winter between stretches of cold and warm, and windy and dry. Old Man Winter is finished, but as we enter spring keep in mind that once warm weather arrives for good, so does the peak season for tornadoes and other wild weather in Kansas. Are you prepared for the unthinkable? […]

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Community

When we launched the Free Press nearly 181⁄2 years ago, we made our reason for existence known from the start: “Our mission is to contribute to a stronger and more vibrant community by practicing and promoting the highest standards of journalism for the benefit of our readers and advertisers.” We haven’t waivered from that mission, but we also know we […]

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Keep the public in public meetings

by Brian Hunhoff “I think heroic deeds were all conceived in the open air.” The quote atop this editorial is from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” — a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and the great outdoors. Hopefully, Mr. Whit­man would have approved use of his prose to promote open, well-aired government. It’s unlikely the great poet favored […]

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