Category: Opinion

Don’t judge a book by its coverage

by Davis Merritt Sanctimony is unappealing; in large portions it quickly becomes tiresome. But seeming to be sanctimonious while doing the right thing can be forgivable, and sometimes enlightening. Those sour-sweet flavors saturate and complicate “A Higher Loyalty,” fired FBI director James Comey’s first-hand exploration of what is happening to Ameri­can democracy because of Donald Trump and the civil and […]

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Mayor launches biweekly report

by Lou Thurston Mayor of Hillsboro This is the first in what I plan to be a biweekly report to you the citizens of Hills­boro about things going on at the City of Hillsboro. As your mayor, I want to communicate both clearly and frequently with you about what city government is doing on your behalf. I must say that […]

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Moderation, variety key to healthy living, but physicians group banters about beef

The key to a healthy diet today is to eat a variety of foods including grains, milk, vegetables, meat and fruit—all in moderation. Each of us needs to make smart choices about when we eat and how much. Another key ingredient in personal health is exercise. Something as simple as a 20 minute walk several times each week will go […]

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What’s up with Kansas earthquakes?

by Brian Grimmett Kansas News Service A decade ago, Kansans felt an earthquake once every few years. Now ground tremors come regularly. One of the hardest hit areas is Harper County in the south central part of the state. It’s no coincidence, scientists and state regulators agree, that Harper and Sumner counties are also where massive amounts of wastewater has […]

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Demand ‘Sunshine’

by Doug Anstaett Kansas Press Association In recent years, the buzzword in politics has been “transparency.” Just about everyone has jumped on the transparency bandwagon. Our legislators certainly have been talking about it. Only a month ago, our new governor signed a number of executive orders demanding more transparency from the state agencies that report to him. Candidates for office […]

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Time to make deals

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau The future of U.S. agriculture remains tied to this nation’s competitiveness in world trade. Our country must become more aggressive and assume its leadership role in trade negotiations. It’s past time for our nation’s president and congressional delegation to lead this trade train. Political posturing and lack of cooperation on both sides of the […]

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Our Bill of Rights

By Doug Anstaett When someone mentions the name George Mason, the first thought that may come to mind is: “Oh, yes, they have a great basketball team.” That’s true, but basketball is not the reason George Mason should be remembered by most Americans. His contribution to our nation is much more important. Mason is recognized as the Father of the […]

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Combatting the ‘Christmas creep’

by Shelby Johnson I love Christmas. The feeling of love and happiness, the gleaming lights, shimmering glittery bows, and the giddiness. But starting the holiday season before I collect my Halloween candy? Too soon. This phenomenon is often called “Christmas creep.” Merchandisers and retailers thrive off our love for Christmas. The average American citizen says he or she plans to […]

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A farmer’s greatest possession is dignity

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a new-born calf takes to its mother’s udder. I’ve often heard friends, neighbors and family—my dad, for one—quote bits and pieces of it. I’ve heard others refer to it at meetings, in church, at a […]

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Loving the autumnal season

Most people wait impatiently for summer—for the pool, the sun and the lemonade. I, on the other hand, wait for fall. Fall is the most beautiful time of year. The crisp, colorful leaves falling from the trees, the hot apple cider, football games and Halloween. The weather is beautiful, and the best time of year for fashion. You can’t lose […]

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