Category: Editorials

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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In the clouds

• State officials need to be more diligent about how they use tax payer owned plane. Did you know that you own a plane? Well, you’re a partial owner of a plane. All Kansans are, since the state owns a nine-passenger Raytheon King Air 350. We don’t know about you, but as part owners of this airplane, we’re less than […]

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Message received

• Lack of support for public education is draining the teacher pipeline our schools require. School-funding cuts over the past several years caused immediate concerns for school boards around the state as they faced budget and personnel cutbacks. Now we are learning that the policies of Gov. Brownback and his supporters are creating long-term education challenges as a growing number […]

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Stage 2

• Fixing school funding “equity” issue may be much easier than fixing “adequacy.” A little more than a year ago, a three-judge panel in Shawnee County ruled the state’s then-new block grant system of funding public schools was unconstitutional in both its adequacy (sufficient amount) and equity (fairness) of funding. Recently, the Kansas Supreme Court and Legislature resolved the equity […]

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Common courtesy

• We’d have a lot fewer laws if people chose to respect others like they’d like to be respected. When you get down to it, most public laws and ordinances grow out a lack of thoughtfulness and common courtesy between citizens. When one citizen disregards the reasonable wishes of a neighbor, the legal authority eventually steps in to require courtesy […]

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Reprieve

• The Legislature’s quick action on school funding suggests Kansas common sense isn’t dead. It was reaffirming—and somewhat surprising, frankly—to see the Kansas Legislature come together so quickly to accept a more moderate proposal, and pass a school finance measure that will benefit the state’s 468,000 public school students. When lawmakers first arrived last Thurs­day for their special session called […]

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Thanks

• Dr. Steve Noble has been an aggressive advocate for schools and for kids. We are grateful. We have been fortunate to have a legacy of strong school district superintendents in this part of the state. The six districts in our readership area have a right to be proud of the achievements of their schools, which are due to no […]

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Fierce friends

• The recent alumni football game between Marion and Hillsboro actually brought us closer. We were impressed with the alumni game between Marion and Hillsboro high schools Friday. It was the first such event in our shared history. The competition level was keen, but for the most part both teams played with pride and with class. In that sense, both […]

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