Category: Editorials

Seeing Red

Hold on tight. We?re in for a rocky budget year in the Kansas Legislature. Legislative researchers project the state will end its current fiscal year on June 30 with a $141 million budget deficit. They also say if the problems aren?t addressed, the shortfall between anticipated revenue and current spending commitments will surpass $1 billion by June 30, 2010. Kansas […]

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Top 10 thrills in 2008

Across the nation, 2008 was one long roller-coaster ride powered by fuel prices that reached record highs halfway through, then finished the year lower than they have been in four or five years. Throw in a long and wild election season with a plummeting economy at the end, and you couldn?t blame folks for adding Dramamine to their Christmas list this year.

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Editorial? Do not be afraid

Mixed with the joy and anticipation of this Christmas season are discordant themes of uncertainty. Financial crash. Corporate bailout. Rising unemployment. War in Iraq and Afghanistan. Transition in political leadership. Yes, the fear factor is high?a profound variety spoken of in many American homes, schools and businesses. And whispered in the quiet places of our hearts. Amid current events that […]

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Intervention

We feel considerable relief now that the Hillsboro Police Department appears to have put an end to the string of senseless break-ins in Hillsboro. It appears law enforcement has done its investigative work carefully and deliberately, resulting in what sounds like a strong case against the suspects, thanks in part to a caught-in-the-act arrest. But beyond appreciation for the persistence […]

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Good idea

We think the Hillsboro City Council?s decision last week to approve the creation of an earthen skating rink and sledding hill was a good one. We like the idea of having an intentional place where kids can have fun on snow and ice in relative safety. ?Impromptu? sledding hills and ice rinks can be a serious hazard. This is a […]

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If Obama were Muslim

We see a sad irony in the fear-mongering of some so-called Christian leaders over the religious orientation of our president-elect, Barack Obama. Over the many months of the campaign, they vigorously circulated the claim that Obama was a closet Muslim, or at the very least, not a ?real? Christian as he has publicly professed to be. The more viable Obama?s […]

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Gratitude is a choice

With so many uncertainties facing this country as 2008 nears an end, Thanks?giving Day is an even more important holiday than usual. In a time when we can fret how bad things may get, we need a day to remind ourselves how good we actually have it. Gratitude has always been an attitude of choice. Each of us has reasons […]

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Collaboration

Groundbreaking on Saturday for a new athletic facility was a big day for Tabor College and Unified School District 410, equal partners in the $4.4 million project. But it also was a big day for the entire community?and perhaps for other communities across the state of Kansas. The achievement was more than the promise of a modern arena for Bluejays […]

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Joint effort

We encourage the Marion County Board of Commissioners to seriously consider the idea suggested by Chairman Bob Hein (Page 1) that the next step in solving the jail issue is to create a ?jail committee? that could take the lead in forming a plan for the future. The challenge likely will be to find enough volunteers willing to put in […]

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A better way

Even with Election Day still a day away as this is written, the question surfaces: How do we move Marion County forward from this point? Whether the jail issue on Tuesday?s ballot fails or passes, there is a bigger question that should be considered more seriously. Simply stated, is the county-commission model of administration the best model for our future? […]

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