Category: Editorials

Your choice

With so many uncertainties facing this country as 2016 nears an end, Thanks­giving Day was an even more important holiday than usual. In a time when we can fret how bad things may get, we needed a day to remind ourselves how good we actually have it. Gratitude has always been an attitude of choice. Each of us has reasons […]

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Get a shot

Though the recent balmy weather seems more fitting for reminders to be on the lookout for mosquitos spreading West Nile Virus, the Kansas Depart­ment of Health and Environment is urging all Kansans to receive an annual flu vaccination to protect themselves and their loved ones. It’s not too late. In fact, Dec. 4-10 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. KDHE reports […]

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Hometown gratitude

A proper Thanksgiving probably requires introspection in almost every compartment of our lives, from the intensely personal to the broadly theoretical. I’ve been thinking lately about the communities in which we live. Is there anything about them for which we can be grateful? I’d say there is, if we take the time to look for it. Each person will need […]

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Look local

The U.S. presidential campaign ended in fitting style: a surprising, unconventional win in a race that pitted perhaps the two of the least trusted candidates in American presidential history. The acknowledged winner was declared the victor on the basis of the archaic electoral college system, while the other candidate “won” by popular vote. So, so appropriate. We prefer to cast […]

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The voting dread

T he Day of Dread is less than a week away. Voters will be asked to show their support for one of the two most disliked presidential candidates in recent American history. In their moment of angst, some voters may decide to ignore the presidential race altogether, others may cast a protest vote for the minor party candidates, a significant […]

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Achievement

A s the fall sports season nears the finish line, we salute the high school athletes who have invested so much of their time and energy in a quest to be the best individual and the best team they can be. Athletics are thought by some to be overemphasized, and that may be true in some places. But there are […]

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Home stretch

It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that we were trumpeting the start of the falls sports season. Suddenly, high school teams are knocking on the door of post-season opportunities and challenges. Girls’ tennis is already complete and this weekend, volleyball and cross-country teams from our area will be competing for state berths at their qualifying sub-state or […]

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Awareness

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among U.S. women this year, as well as an estimated 60,290 additional cases of in situ (non-evasive) breast cancer. About 40,290 U.S. women are expected to die from the disease. Last week, we began a three-part series on breast cancer. In our […]

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Help from beyond

Businesses in small towns are generous in their support of school activities and causes. Whether it’s under­writing a student project or buying an ad in the yearbook, businesses often go beyond the call of duty—even though few are wading in extra cash. It’s all about community spirit. This Saturday, supporters of Hillsboro High School can tap the financial resources of […]

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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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