Category: Editorials

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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Landmark decision?

The Supreme Court?s ruling last week establishing that every American has a constituional right to own a gun is hailed as a victory by gun advocates and as a step backward by gun opponents. Whatever legal wrangling lies ahead as the Court?s ruling is applied to specific gun laws now in place around the country, it seems to us that […]

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Cautious celebration

Well-guarded negotiations suddenly became public last Wednesday with the announcement that the city of Hillsboro was selling the assets of Hillsboro Community Medical Center to HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hospital Management Consulting, based in Kansas City, Mo. HMC/CAH was formed specifically for the purpose of purchasing rural hospitals and then replacing the outdated hospitals with new, […]

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Editorial?Stricken

Tornado tragedies in Chapman, Soldier and Manhattan last week remind us once more?as if we needed another reminder?how fragile life really is. All of us survive from one day to the next by God?s grace. Those of us still alive and safe, and with home and possessions intact, are no more worthy of our great fortune than the loss of […]

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One good time

We congratulate our sister city to the east for another strong Chingawassa Days festival this past weekend. The schedule of events featured a lot of variety, with activities that were bound to entertain people of every age at some point during the weekend. Concerts by the Diamond W Wranglers (formerly the Prairie Rose Wranglers) and of course Grand Funk Railroad […]

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Thanks, Dale

For nearly 61⁄2 years Dale Suderman has been gracing our Opinion section with his personal column, View From Afar. First monthly, then twice a month, our Chicago-based writer with deep Marion County roots focused his droll humor and keen insight on myriad topics, from Washington politics to the farmers? coffee klatsch in Hillsboro. Dale connected the urban and rural worlds […]

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