Category: Editorials

Good people

Through these nine years that we?ve been publishing the Free Press, we?ve been blessed to have more than our fair share of good people serving as members of our team. Some of them have been young, fresh out of college, while others have had significant years of professional and life experience. By ?good people? we mean folks who not only […]

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Patience, please

The Unified School District 410 Board of Edu?cation thought the biggest challenge in hiring an interim superintendent to succeed outgoing chief Gordon Mohn was finding someone with construction experience on his resume. But now that those bond-issue projects are floating in limbo because of a patron lawsuit, the issues facing the board?s interim pick, Doug Huxman, are all the more […]

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Editorials

Welcome home, Pete We?re glad to hear that Pete Richert has made it back to Hillsboro following months of rehabilitation after he was severely wounded while serving in Iraq with his Kansas National Guard unit. Richert will be spending several days of well-earned leave time with family and the many friends he has in the Hillsboro area. Pete, you have […]

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Points of light

Our front-page stories about two women renovating a garden in Peabody and a cadre of mostly senior citizens in Hillsboro selling used clothing in a thrift shop carry a theme worth noting: volunteers can and do make a difference. Karen Benbrook and Ann Slocombe, in an effort to thank other volunteers, brought a bit of beauty and flair to their […]

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Wakeup Call

The death of three dogs possibly because of algae toxins at Marion Reservoir reminds us the menace still exists there.

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Please step forward

Gordon Mohn?s observation that the spirit of cooperation between Hillsboro and Marion had deterriorated in recent years is sobering but accurate, by our reckoning. (See article, Page 6A.) The departing superintendnent for USD 410, an adovcate for collaboration, believes the current state of relations between Marion County?s two largest cities is as strained as it?s been in the 15 years […]

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Freedom to Speak

As we prepare to celebrate our freedoms next week with Fourth of July celebrations, we would do well to remind ourselves to truly embrace the freedoms we claim to be so dear. In times of war, especially unpopular ones, we?re tempted to be less tolerant of the voices of criticism and opposition in our land. We don?t have to like […]

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Editorial- A chapter ends

We want to publicly acknowledge Gordon Mohn for his contributions to the educational health of Unified School District 410 during his 14 years as superintendent. His retirement at the end of this month will bring to a close a chapter of steady and progressive leadership for the district. Mohn?s administration has been characterized by at least two passions: that kids […]

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Checkpoint?

As disappointing as a delay would be, we need to know if the district?s public-private partnership is legal. It?s disappointing that USD 410?s voter-approved facilities-improvement project likely will be slowed, and possibly derailed, by the filing of a lawsuit by a patron who objects to the partnership between the district and Tabor College to enhance the football and track facility […]

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Thank you very much

The folks in Marion deserve praise for putting on such an outstanding Chingawassa Days this year, despite concern that rainy weather might cause more than just Friday night?s activities to be moved indoors. Even on that night, what fun it was to have six Elvis tribute artists travel in from both coasts and several states in between to compete in […]

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