Category: Letter to the Editor

Letters (Week of 8-6-08)

Jail numbers raise serious questions As a taxpayer living in Marion County, I too have questions about the proposed jail project and the financial figures presented to us thus far. First, the commissioners are proposing a 1-cent sales tax to pay for the construction of the $8.5 million new jail (75-78 beds). I understand the interest rate on the bonds […]

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Letters (Week of 7-30-08)

Vote Hannaford for state representative   Having graduated from Marion High School and being a former Marion resident, it is my great honor and privilege to write this letter endorsing Roger Hannaford for state representative. As a lifelong resident of Marion County and a community business leader, Roger has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to the Republican principles […]

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Lawsuit vs. USD 410 is not a ‘sideshow’

I would like to correct something printed in the last issue of the Free Press. The lawsuit I filed against USD 410 was filed before the bond election and not after, as was reported. If the school district and Tabor project is such a good thing, why have no other schools tried it? I have always respected the editor of […]

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Letters (Week of 7-16-08)

Voters should be informed on issues? The Catholic Church advocates certain family and marriage values. Currently, we have 153 Catho?lics serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Regrettably, only six of 102 Democrats voted 100 percent with their church?s position on 10 family value issues, while 60 received a 0 percent. Thirty-eight of the 51 Republicans supported their […]

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Letters (Week of July 2, 2008)

Blue Grass Festival worthy of coverage   Thank you Marion County, and especially Steve Hudson, for the wonderful Blue Grass Festi?val at the Marion County Lake last Saturday. The amphi?theater surrounding gave the perfect view of the sunset reflecting its beautiful colors on the lake while boats docked close by, children swam and families set their chairs or spread their […]

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Letters (Week of June 25, 2008)

House leaders refused to talk on coal plant Last week in a published interview, State Rep. Don Dahl announced his retirement and expressed a disappointment with a few key issues as being the reason to not seek another term. One of those issues was the Holcomb coal-fired power plants that Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Robert Bremby chose […]

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Letters (Week of June 18, 2008)

Another perspective on concert conflict   In regard to the article in the June 4 issue (Countywide), the Florence Labor Day Committee feels the facts should be stated publicly in regards to the Marion County Firefighters Association meeting that ?doused? the conflicts between our 71st annual Labor Day venue and the MCFA?s first concert event. 1. No Florence Labor Day […]

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Letters (Week of June 4, 2008)

Toward ag that is truly ?sustainable?   Webster?s dictionary defines ?sustain? as to keep going or prolong. By extension, ?sustainable agriculture? would mean a system of food production that can be depended upon to keep going or prolonged to produce food for a population. Paul Penner?s column last week seemed to take a rather narrow look at a few components […]

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Letters (Week of May 21, 2008)

City workers? efforts are appreciated   This letter is long overdue. Last week I saw something that reminded me I still hadn?t written to offer my thanks and appreciation to our city workers. Last winter when we had our big ice storm, there were trees and branches down all over the city. What a mess! One evening I was watching […]

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Letters (Week of May 14, 2008)

Jail project needs some middle ground   The cost estimates for the Marion County jail project were reported at last week?s Marion County Commission meeting. The two options presented seem to be the two extreme possibilities with no middle ground proposals. Why not a new 20- to 24-bed facility that would cover the 25-year county prisoner census projection given by […]

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