Category: Opinion

Impact of ?09 wheat crop could be $40 million

Another wheat crop is largely in the books for Marion County. We all realize that in Kansas, and certainly in Marion County, that agriculture is an important component to our economy. What is the value of the wheat crop, and how much does that stimulate our local economy? First, I think it is important to keep the wheat crop in […]

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Kids respond: ?My mom?s best because…?

With Mother?s Day nearing, six Hillsboro businesses challenged students at Hillsboro Elementary School to complete the following sentence: ?My mom is the best because….? The top five entries were selected and votes were cast at the participating businesses: Nancy?s Fashions, Molly?s on Main, Massage Therapy Associates, Designer Images, A Cut Above and Woods Wellness. The first entry is this year?s […]

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Six things to know about swine flu

By now you are probably aware that an outbreak of swine flu has occurred in Mexico, with a few cases now being reported in the United States. You may be alarmed by what you have heard, or you may be wondering why public health authorities are so concerned. Many of you are asking good questions about swine flu. At this […]

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Open government fuels democracy, but it too often morphs into secrecy

Open government has power. It fuels democracy. When citizens know what?s going on, they can make informed choices about their community and their country. That sounds simple and non-controversial. But open government isn?t quite like apple pie and the flag. In concept, everybody says they love it. In practice, that love too often morphs into secrecy. Take the Kansas Open […]

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A sign of the times?
A sign of the times?

A sign of the times?

HolubMemorialHiway.jpg Concerned about the severe deterioration of the hard-surfaced 330th Road that runs along the north edge of Tampa, someone from the area added an editorial comment to the official road sign warning motorists to use caution as they use the road. Dan Holub is the county commissioner for the northeastern portion of the county… and is still very much […]

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Teen driving bill needs House OK? without diluting it

The Kansas House Transportation Committee is considering a proposal for
tougher restrictions on teenage drivers. The committee must think the
bill goes too far, so it?s referred it to a subcommittee for revision.

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Seeing Kansas portrayed in Manitoba is making us homesick
Seeing Kansas portrayed in Manitoba is making us homesick

Seeing Kansas portrayed in Manitoba is making us homesick

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Authors Ken Reddig (left) and Wally Kroeker show off some of their favorite reading material. Behind them is the Red River, which flows through Winni?peg, their current place of residence.

This is a fond greeting from two former Hillsboro-ites who have a Kansas-shaped void in their hearts.

One of us (Ken) is a true native of Marion County?bred, born and raised?whose studies took him away in the late 1960s.

The other (Wally) is an import who spent seven years (1975-82) at the ?pub house? (Mennonite Brethren Publishing House) on North Main and fondly remembers not locking his door on East Grand.

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