Category: Editorials

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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Ten lessons from 10 years

Ten years ago this week we published the first issue of the Free Press, embarking on a path that has been filled with more highs and lows than the sum of the Flint Hills. When we started, free saturation community newspapers were all but nonexistent in rural Kansas. That?s still true today, but the trend toward free is growing nationwide. […]

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Eye on the prize

As China prepares to showcase its economic progress by hosting the Summer Olympics this week, let us never forget the reality behind the pageantry and polish: According to Amnesty International, an estimated 500,000 people are currently enduring punitive detention without charge or trial, and millions are unable to access the legal system to seek redress for their grievances. Harassment, surveillance, […]

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Any ideas?

In these days of entertainment inflation?it takes more to attract and hold the attention of young people than it used to?the task of the Marion County Fair Board grows more challenging to keep the event interesting for the young and young at heart. The presence of a carnival hasn?t been a money-maker in recent years, but the absence of one […]

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Primary purpose

In Marion County, the concept of a ?primary? election takes on a little different meaning than it does in many other areas of the country. Here, ?primary? could well mean ?most important? in the sense that there will be more local drama in the voting booth on Aug. 2 than there will be Nov. 4. Fortunately, we?ll have a presidential […]

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The end is near?

It is our hope that the end is near regarding the lawsuit against Unified School District 410 regarding its partnership with Tabor College to build a new football and track-and-field facility. On Monday, the suit went before District Court Judge Steven Hornbaker, who has been asked by USD 410 attorneys to pronounce a summary judgment against the suit. A summary […]

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Secrets

Over the past three weeks or so, we?ve written about the best-kept secret in recent history, and now, with this issue, maybe the worst-kept secret in recent history. The common theme between the two secrets (technically, one secret and one non-secret): Great news for Hillsboro. How a dozen or so people, for several months, kept an absolute lid on the […]

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