Category: Opinion

Letters (Week of 8-13-08)

Higher taxes is not what we need here   Highest fuel prices in history. ?We need to raise taxes!? Food costs have taken the highest jump in modern history. ?We need to raise taxes!? The Kansas farmer finally made some money this year only to have the quadrupling costs of inputs take a majority of it away. ?We need to […]

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We feel good about 10 years

With last week?s edition of the Free Press we have completed a full 10 years of publishing a free community weekly newspaper. It feels good. We have many people to thank for our longevity. Our first edition on Aug. 12, 1998, included contributions from Natalie Roth, David Hanigar, Diane Steiner, Andy Johnson, Connie Faber, Ellyne Wiebe, partner Don Ratzlaff and […]

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Loving those who love to compete

?Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.? ?Shaquille O?Neal When I took a job in the computer field I could not grasp the configuration of a network. I remember looking at a diagram of a basic computer network with a server, router, and several workstations. Never one to comprehend anything that could […]

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We can combat the high gas prices

When gasoline prices topped $4 per gallon this summer, many of us were tempted to just throw up our hands and say, ?What are you gonna do?? The price of oil seemed to be controlled by a few speculators on the futures market and the big companies who turn crude into fuel.

But, take heart. There are some things that can be done, and the recent drop in prices at the pump is the evidence.

For now, at least, Americans have shown that $4 is the tipping point, the price where we begin to think about the unthinkable?parking our gas guzzlers and pulling the bikes out of the attic.

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Pork N Beings (Week of Aug. 13, 2008)
Pork N Beings (Week of Aug. 13, 2008)

Pork N Beings (Week of Aug. 13, 2008)

human-toed-problem.jpg All the other pigeons ridiculed Paul's <p>"human-toed" problem.

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Ten lessons from 10 years

Ten years ago this week we published the first issue of the Free Press, embarking on a path that has been filled with more highs and lows than the sum of the Flint Hills. When we started, free saturation community newspapers were all but nonexistent in rural Kansas. That?s still true today, but the trend toward free is growing nationwide. […]

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Pork N Beings (Week of Aug. 6, 2008)
Pork N Beings (Week of Aug. 6, 2008)

Pork N Beings (Week of Aug. 6, 2008)

aab_20080804064927.jpg Quite by accident, Willis discovers why his steaks <p>have been so tough lately.

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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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The view from the grandsons

It has taken a decade to get to this day, but I have convinced my grandsons, Louis, 8, and Alex, 10, to share some of their impressions and observations of the Hillsboro scene.

They flew back to Atlanta last night but it?s been a great two weeks having them stay at our house. ?JK

 

Well here?s a bummer, our mom told us there wasn?t a carnival right as we got off the plane. Do you how it feels to be let known that there?s not going to be a carnival at a bad time like 11:10 at night? ?AC

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A moment ‘outside the box,’ please

I?ve always enjoyed listening to former Marion County Commissioner Howard Collett because of his ability ?to think outside the box.?

For instance, I have heard Howard recommend planting the county?s dirt roads to buffalo grass to hold them in place from erosion and wear.

Such thinking requires a person to have the ability to leap from more commonly considered paths to those that usually are not thought of, but may end up having greater value.

But this article isn?t about dwelling on Howard?s merits, no matter how great they are. It?s about jumping out of the box to consider something new?and Howard?s buffalo-grass idea was an illustration.

This article is also not an opinion on whether the bond proposal based on a 1 percent sales tax to build a new county jail on the November ballot should pass or fail.

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