Category: Editorials

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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Marking the path

With the graduation season now ended, we add one last word of congratulations to the high school and college students who have earned their respective diplomas and are beginning the next stage of their life journey. We have no sage advice or insight to offer that they haven?t heard, thought or read over the past few weeks. But most of […]

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Festival’s fatal flaw

The Hillsboro populous may or may not notice that the venerable Folk Festival will not be part of this year?s Memorial Day weekend calendar. That some folks may not notice its absence speaks to the reason for its demise.

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Editorial- Parlor game politics

The latest expression of political smoke and mirrors seeped into the national crevice last week with the claim by presidential candidates John McCain and Hillary Clinton that what U.S. consumers need to ease their economic pain is a vacation from the federal gasoline tax over the summer months. This bold initiative, as it turns out, would save the average consumer […]

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It’s a wonder

Sometimes it takes a stranger to tell you how fortunate you are. That seems to be the case with the news that Hillsboro?s Peter Paul Loewen House was selected among the 24 finalists in the ?8 Wonders of Kansas Architec?ture? contest sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Founda?tion. We?ve known for some time that the historic structure, known for years as […]

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In the arena

We make criticizing public officials a spectator sport in this country. In a few cases, the criticism is justified, for every profession has the self-promoting huckster. But as we?ve considered the challenges facing local public servants in recent days, we recall the perspective of Teddy Roosevelt, himself a frequently maligned servant of the people in his day. Spoken in 1910, […]

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It ain?t easy being green

You know concern for the environment has reached bizarro chic when a Wichita auto dealer grabs laudatory media attention for ?going green? by constructing a brand new, ?eco-friendly? showroom to sell more gas-guzzling, carbon-emitting, status inflating, money-sucking vehicles to a ga-ga public. That?s the world we live. Let?s hope the real need to be good stewards of our environment survives […]

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End of the trail

Maybe we?ve seen the end of the Central Kansas Conservancy in Marion County. The reception CKC representatives received at Monday?s county commission meeting would seem to suggest that rails-to-trails is derailed here. Even though the concept of developing a biking and walking trail along the abandoned railroad right-of-way from Marion to McPherson has a certain appeal, it seemed an unrealistic […]

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Editorial: Madness

Madness? is a good word for the hype surrounding the NCAA Tournament. Right now, Kansas Jayhawk fans are still plugged in and ready to explode as their beloved heroes move into the sacred Final Four. As much as we enjoy the moment, we find ourselves stepping back every once in a while to see this crazy hullabaloo in perspective. The […]

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Tough cuts

USD 410?s latest budget challenge is surprising only in its timing. Word of an ongoing enrollment decline within the district has surfaced every so often. Most of us simply got used to the way the administration was able to absorb the accompanying reductions in state aid with little or no visible impact from the outside. Now to hear somewhat suddenly and urgently that the situation is serious enough to consider staff reductions is disconcerting.

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