Category: Opinion

It?s time for a national health strategy

Health care in America today is an insane system. Discussions about insurance and medical costs cause even rational folks to start frothing at the mouth, their eyes getting bug-eyed and the veins in their neck beginning to bulge.

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Deserved Recognition

The community of Hillsboro not only enjoys some of the best water in the entire state, thanks to the recent $3.5 million upgrades made thies past year at the local water-treatment plant, but now it officially has the state?s best water-treatment plant operator running the show. Morgan Marler recently was named Water Plant Supervisor of the Year by the Kansas […]

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Pork N Beings
Pork N Beings

Pork N Beings

? grillingbridge.jpg ?As a boy, Earl didn't mind living under the bridge so much but grilling out every night got old.

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5 Years Ago

  • The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was still searching for a man who robbed the Pilsen State Bank in Lincolnville at gunpoint March 20. The robbery, the second to occur at the bank in six months, resulted in the loss of an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.
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Make an impact

Americans often wonder whether their vote really makes a difference. Whether it has the impact we?d like isn?t as important as fulfilling our duty to participate in the democratic process. If you don?t vote for public officials, you haven?t earned the right to criticize them either. Having said that, in no other arena will a vote make more impact than […]

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All-school reunion is coming fast

The Hillsboro High School All School Reunion is two months away. We?re hoping all of you who received the mailing titled ?The Oracle? will respond favorably and also check with classmates to see if they received their copy.

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This tree will live on for some time

?At least there is hope for a tree. If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.? ?Job 14:7

 

Stripped and stained, handed down or fixed up. These kinds of refinished or recycled things are what bring a little cozy into a home and give it a layered feeling?a sense of a history that you can?t quite pinpoint, but know it?s there, buried in the wood and baseboards.

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Catastrophes beyond the public eye

?Perception is reality? is an often-quoted marketing concept. Unfortunately, this statement reflects how most people and the media view the world these days, whether the topic is politics, world peace or anything in between.

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Osage orange trees deserve respect

When I was a kid, Saturdays revolved around hedge trees—more properly called, “Osage orange trees.” There was trimming hedge, burning piles of bulldozed hedge trees, cutting out hedge posts and later nailing barbed wire to them for fences.

I even have a few memories of bringing in hedge wood when we had a wood-burning stove. In those days Kansas had 96,000 miles of hedgerows.

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Weather or not

Spring storms bring the potential for deliverance from drought but also the prospect of devastation.

As we write this, weather forecasters are promising us the probability of rain for almost every day this week, with some severe storms possible. Folks with any grasp of our local agricultural conditions will be praying that the prospect of significant rain comes to fruition. Our producers need it desperately. Though surface moisture has improved from a few of months ago, subsoil moisture is still seriously lagging.

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