Category: Editorials

Guest Editorial- ‘Sunshine’ is healthy

After a long winter, it seems everyone is in the mood for some sunshine. It couldn?t be a better time to celebrate National Sunshine Week, a time for the citizens of Kansas to recommit themselves to the ideals of open government.

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Wild weather

We didn?t realize the magnitude of how challenging the year 2007 was for weather in Kansas until we reviewed the report from the National Weather Service in preparation for ?Severe Weather Awareness Week.? Not only did the state set a new record for tornadoes in a year?137, surpassing the previous record of 135 set two years earlier?but an array of […]

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More of Moran

In a day when it?s tempting to give up on politicians as demagogues and schemers, we recommend showing up at a Jerry Moran tour stop the next time our congressman comes through Marion County on his tour of ?The Big First.? We had that privilege Monday afternoon in Peabody, and again came away believing the Kansas First District may be […]

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Leap of faith

Don?t know what to do with your extra day on Friday? Since Leap Day, Feb. 29, comes around only once every four years, it seems fitting to celebrate the occasion by doing something you normally don?t do during the course of a standard year. For example, say something nice about the IRS. Leave a tip at fast-food restaurant…or any restaurant. […]

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Don’t be an idiot

Sometimes the best news stories are the ones you don?t have to write
because the tragedy didn?t happen. According to local emergency
responders, tragedy was barely avoided last week when fire, ambulance
and law enforcement personnel responded to a grass fire along U.S.
Highway 56 near the K-15 intersection just west of Lehigh.

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Dream season

Kansas Democrats and Republicans added their two bits in the national race for presidential nominees last week?in droves. The 2008 campaign season, which seemed to all of us to start way too early and promised to be a long and drawn-out endurance test, has unexpectedly turned into something of a dream season?akin to KU football?s run from rags to riches […]

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Positioned for the future

We wish Jules Glanzer nothing but success as he begins serving as Tabor College president. He has big shoes to fill with the retirement of Larry Nikkel. But the two men share important attributes that bode well for the health of the college: a genuine caring spirit for the people they seek to lead, strengths in organizational leadership, and a […]

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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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