Category: Editorials

Time to Vote

How many months have we withstood the carping, the negative advertising, the conflicting statements of ?fact? and all the double-speak that goes with the political season? And now the end is near. In six days the votes will be cast, the decisions made. And the joy we can anticipate is akin to having someone beat your hand with a hammer: […]

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Editorial- A better road

Now that someone has taken the time?all of two weeks, actually?to research the financial viability of the new jail project being proposed by our county commissioners, voters should now have sufficient facts to see the truth: This $8.65 million project is nothing short of economic anti-development for Marion County and worthy of a resounding ?no? vote on Nov. 4. We […]

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An end, a beginning

Word that USD 410 had settled the lawsuit filed by patron Raymond Brandt brought to mind the words of President Gerald Ford when he pardoned his predecessor, Richard Nixon: ?Our national nightmare is over.? The comparison is exaggerated, but also appropriate on at least two counts. First, the lawsuit may not have been a ?nightmare? because one could argue that […]

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Buyer beware!

One of the first admonitions in Consumerism 101 is if a salesman is pushing for a quick decision on a major purchase, just walk away. If that same salesman is at the same time strangely nebulous about the financial validity of his deal and evasive about answering your questions, then don?t just walk away?run! That?s our advice following last week?s […]

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Editorial- It’s our party, too

This weekend is more than a celebration time for the folks traditionally thought of as the Tabor College community?administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni. Anyone associated with the community in which Tabor is located?namely Hillsboro and Marion County?has reason to feel good about what the college has achieved and what the future holds. Set aside the educational and religious mission […]

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Filling a void

The signing ceremony for the welding school opening in Hillsboro through Butler Community College speaks to one of the poor judgments made by our state educational system. In recent decades schools have been told to prepare students for college to such an extent that vocational education has suffered. As a result, fewer high school students are aware of career opportunities […]

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One more straw

The surprise report at Monday?s county commission meeting that 47 bridges in Marion County have been been found to be unsafe for a school bus to cross was aptly described by the commissioners as ?a bombshell.? Another metaphor might be ?a straw??as in the one that broke the camel?s back. Marion County has been accumulating a pile of infastructure challenges […]

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Welcome, students

The annual migration of Tabor College students gives a sense of wholeness to the start of a new school year. Classes on the Hillsboro campus were set to begin on Monday night. These students will be part of history as the college community celebrates its centennial with a variety of activities over the course of the year. The celebration will […]

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Brush Strokes

Sen. Pat Roberts was right about at least one thing during his extended monologue at the so-called ?listening tour? stop in Hillsboro on Monday: We are living in tough times. He was speaking of the national scene, where any number of issues seem too complex for conceivable solutions and any number of programs need to be reformed, rethought or refused. […]

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Does it pay?

Reasons to doubt the wisdom of building an $8.5 million pay-to-stay jail in Marion County continue to surface. The latest one is an apparent shortage of jail officers available to operate such facilities. The Hutchinson News is reporting that the Reno County Jail Annex, opened in 1997, stands all but empty presently because of the difficulty of recruiting help. In […]

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