Category: Editorials

Can-do spirit lives here

In the 2008 Hillsboro Annual Report that we?ve inserted in this week?s issue of the Free Press, you will encounter the economic lifeblood of the Hillsboro community. In addition to the abundant ads that trumpet the wide range of products and services our local businesses offer, we again are running profiles of every and any business that chooses to participate?free of charge.

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Editorial? Call it what it is

The Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas defines domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behaviors used to establish power and control over an intimate partner often leading to the threat or use of violence. Abuse is any controlling, hurtful act, work or gesture that injures another?s body or emotions.

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Small-town math

Rumors and gossip are as common in small towns as ants at a church picnic?and almost as unhealthy. The latest example were the widely circulating reports last week that immigration issues forced the abrupt closure of a Hillsboro business that happens to be Latino owned and employs several Latino workers. One problem: The issue weren?t related to immigration, and the […]

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Against the odds

We don?t pretend to know whether the recent resignation of Jami Williams as economic development director at Marion was a triumph or a tragedy for that city?s future, or to what extent she was successful or unsuccessful in her efforts.

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Top 10 stories for 2007

With the passage of another year, we pause to reflect on the events and issues we lived through during the past 12 months. As has become our tradition, we offer our list of top 10 news stories for 2007 based on both their immediate and long-term impact.

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Job well done

Transitions are inevitable and usually for the better. But that doesn?t mean we can?t feel sad about them when they signal the conclusion of something that has been very good. That?s how we see the upcoming retirement of Tabor College President Larry Nikkel.

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Editorial- Thanks?again

Once more we citizens of Marion County owe a huge debt of gratitude to the utility crews and emergency responders who gave so much time and energy to help our communities recover from power outages during last week?s ice storm. True, they were compensated for their efforts, but working long hours in cold weather and away from family and friends […]

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Forgotten Holiday

December is famous for Christmas Day and Pearl Harbor Day, but how many of you know the significance of Dec. 15? It?s Bill of Rights Day, a day set aside each year to remember what it is that makes America unique from most other countries around the world.

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Lights for Lehigh

The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah proclaimed, ?The people walking in darkness have seen a great light? as a prelude to his foretelling of the birth of Jesus, son of God: ?For to us a child is born, to us a son is given….? It is both foolish and fitting to call that Scripture to mind in the wake of the […]

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The anti-holiday

The U.S. economy is fueled by an insatiable desire for more possessions. Our culture preaches the principle that bigger is better and more is always magnificent. Rising higher on corporate and social ladders defines our pursuit of happiness. Power and prestige are the epitome of accomplishment. Into this materialistic and possessive mayhem comes the antithesis of the American Spirit, a […]

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