Category: Opinion

Editorial: safety first?

A recent study by the Internet site WalletHub ranks the Sun­flower State slightly below the middle of the country in terms of “safest states to live in” at No. 36. Categories of evaluation included personal and residential, financial, roads, workplace and emergency preparedness. Vermont ranked No. 1 overall. Each state is safe from some dangers, but falls prey to others. […]

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Letters to the editor (6-20-18)

Make courtesy truly common Excellent editorial about common courtesy (Feb. 13). We need that message now more than ever. It is unbelievable what our common discourse has eroded to be. I have my favorite people to blame who I think started all this; but I won’t go into that now. But over the years, it has become commonplace for TV […]

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Harvest time stirs memories

Part of our life in rural Kansas is harvest. I married the son of a farmer, so summer and fall harvest come with the territory. My mama came from a farming family, so I grew up watching my grandpa and uncle farm as well. It was always so poetic to watch! My grandpa and uncle had a large operation and […]

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Girls and the horse-crazy phase

Most young girls go through a horse crazy phase. You know the one, where their every waking thought is about horses: favorite breeds, favorite colors, favorite riding styles. Every book read, poster hung, or knickknack obtained must be horse-related. The second part of the phase is where their thoughts are geared more toward obtaining said favorite breed and color of […]

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High speed internet is exciting

I am really liking my new internet with Eagle. The speed tests I’ve have been right where I thought it should be—except one time when it was 10 mega­bytes slower than I thought it should be. Upload speed has not been affected when I have tested it. I am truly amazed at what is available to stream these days from […]

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Revitalization of our downtown is coming

As I mentioned in the first line of my previous column (June 6 issue), it is a great time for community celebration for the city of Marion. I am pleased to announce that the council has approved a bid for the Main Street Streetscape project for downtown revitalization! The Main Street Street­scape project is not a new idea. The talk […]

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Everyone will chip in to eat these brownies

If I had to identify one problem with my pantry (and I doubt I’m alone in this), it’s that I have these bags, containers, etc. of partially used ingredients from new recipes I tried that didn’t call for an entire package of whatever special item that particular kitchen experiment needed. Recently, I found myself with just a bit more dark […]

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Editorial: Common courtesy

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 under the threat of fine or punishment. As a result, we have laws to guard the most reasonable human […]

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Letter to the Editor (6-13-18)

County needs jobs more than roads Any hopes of addressing the deeper, real issues facing the Marion County economy were dashed when the Marion County Board of Commissioners defined the condition of roads as of No. 1 importance in the county. The Marion County commission continues to be another tragic failure in Kansas county governance. To be sure, potholes and […]

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Books, electronics can co-exist

I own books. I also own a Kindle electronic reader. Each has its particular strengths, and each has obvious weaknesses. I believe they can coexist in the modern world. Obviously, books were here first. Once Johannes Gutenberg developed movable type, the printed word took off. From the Bible to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” books have affected human lives in profound […]

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