Category: Editorials

Timely challenge

We applaud Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt for joining with 20 other states in filing a federal lawsuit last week that challenges the new federal overtime rule dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. The new rule would double the salary-level threshold for executive, administrative and professional employees to be exempt from overtime. After Dec. 1, 2016, all employees—including state […]

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Courts in cross hairs

In most general elections, evaluating judgeships is often the “flyover” section of the ballot. It’s easy to skip because most voters don’t know the judges by name and really have no standard by which to evaluate them for retention or dismissal. This year, the issue has changed. While the five justices to the Kansas Supreme Court will be on the […]

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Fair point

Once again, the communities of Hills­boro and Marion will have an opportunity to put their best feet forward as thousands of guests come our way Saturday to take part in the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair and Marion’s Art in the Park. These two events require an amazing investment of energy—both by event organizers and the many volunteers who assist. […]

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Labor of love?

We still appreciate the irony of celebrating the American work ethic by taking a day off from work each Labor Day. Of course, we may make an exception here at the Free Press, where Monday holidays essentially don’t exist for some of us because Monday is our production day, 52 weeks a year. Not complaining (much), just stating our reality. […]

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Before the kickoff

Enthusiasm is peaking for the start of the fall sports seasons. A few teams have already competed. We may be spitting into the wind to bring this up, but now is the time to remind ourselves that modeling good sportsmanship is as noble an aspiration as achieving a winning record. This is true for coaches and players, but especially for […]

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Character (August 31, 2016)

• If we are to judge others by the “content of their character,” what are the criteria? Sunday marked the 53rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, considered by many to be one the most powerful orations in American history. One of the many memorable lines from the speech speaks to the heart of his […]

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Cities and seasons

• Communities have good times and challenging times. Determination to move forward is the key. When Greenhaw Pharmacy broke ground Monday for its new office facility at Ash Street and Orchard Drive, it marked the launch of the fourth major building project in Hillsboro this summer. Already well underway is construction of the new Hillsboro Com­munity Hospital, the Shari Flaming […]

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A step closer?

• The search for a cancer cure continues, but Marion County residents are doing their part. We affirm the spirit of the organizing team that led this year’s Marion County Relay for Life. The event, held Saturday at the Marion athletic stadium, raised $22,526 for the American Cancer Society’s quest to find a cure for this dreaded disease. ACS is […]

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Sea change

• The political current in Topeka appears to be changing as moderate Republicans step up. The results of the Aug. 2 primary election did more than send a message to our state legislature. It signaled a sea change in the political current of the past six years. At least a half dozen state senators and seven state representatives critical of […]

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In our image?

• It’s Trump vs. Clinton for president. What does that say about the state of our culture? There’s an adage that in a democracy, voters get the kind of leaders they deserve. No doubt there’s some truth to that statement, but it’s a troubling indictment of our culture when we consider the two presidential candidates that have been nominated by […]

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