Category: Opinion

5 years ago (week of July 23, 2008)

Hillsboro residents who want to see live trees in front of Emprise Bank when the down?town street renovation project is over earned a split decision at the July 13 city council. Live will trees will be growing in front of the bank, but they won?t be the two golden rain trees that have been there for more than a decade. […]

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Facing a cruel universe with science

Author Philip K. Dick once said, ?Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn?t go away.?

The best tool human minds have devised for understanding that reality is the scientific method. The greatest obstacle to increasing public understanding of that tool?especially in America?is that many people view the method itself as hostile to their way of thinking.

More often than not, it seems, people want to believe what they believe in spite of conflicting evidence or with no evidence at all. In those receptive to it, science works to pull back the reins on uncritical thinking.

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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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Sales tax for jail is a bad idea

Finally, we know the commissioner?s decision on how they plan to finance a new 72-bed jail-for-hire. They?ll ask us to approve a 1 percent county-wide sales tax on the November general-election ballot.

It?s no secret that I oppose this idea. It is my opinion that a 1 percent sales tax would put our businesses?and everyone living in the county?in peril.

Forget for a moment that the jail-for-hire concept is risky. I don?t think anyone could say that having the highest sales taxes in the state of Kansas would be a good thing. While it would harm big-ticket businesses in Hillsboro the most, it would have a negative impact on the entire county.

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College move looms on the horizon

I recently became aware that summer was coming to a close much quicker than I had anticipated. This reality struck when my mom suggested I should start deciding what kind of things I should take along to put in my dorm room when I leave for college this fall. As far as I was concerned, I still had plenty of […]

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Caring for a baby has its adventures

My younger sister seems to have a life full of adventure. She?s lived in Nashville, New York City and currently is a flight attendant based out of Chicago. As for me, Hillsboro?on Arts and Crafts Fair day?is the closest I?ve come to big city life. There have been moments when my (nearly nonexistent) adventurous streak longed for a bolder lifestyle, […]

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Five years ago (week of July 16)

Area weather forecasters were predicting a heat index as high as 110 degrees for the week. Marion residents Frances Kreutziger and Lois Weber have invested more than a combined 6,385 hours over the past 12 months to create bibs, lap robes and napkins for friends who need them. The two women are working through the VFW Auxiliary 6958 in Marion. […]

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Pork N Beings (Week of July 16, 2008)
Pork N Beings (Week of July 16, 2008)

Pork N Beings (Week of July 16, 2008)

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The end is near?

It is our hope that the end is near regarding the lawsuit against Unified School District 410 regarding its partnership with Tabor College to build a new football and track-and-field facility. On Monday, the suit went before District Court Judge Steven Hornbaker, who has been asked by USD 410 attorneys to pronounce a summary judgment against the suit. A summary […]

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Pork N Beings (Week of July 9, 2008)
Pork N Beings (Week of July 9, 2008)

Pork N Beings (Week of July 9, 2008)

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