Category: Opinion

Working on bills as regular session closes

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives It is hard to believe that next week will bring the regular session to a close. This week we spent the days on the floor hearing, debating and amending bills. Next week will be mostly conference committee reports, which means we spend a few minutes on the floor several times per day, […]

Read more ›

‘Real ID’ star is a challenge

Back in Decem­ber or January, I don’t remember exactly when, I went to renew my driver’s license and found out I didn’t have everything I needed with me to get the Real ID star on my license. That’s the one that you’ll need to get into certain federal buildings across the country and board an airplane after Sept. 30, 2020. […]

Read more ›
Growing stronger takes risk

Growing stronger takes risk

I like to think I’m learning to be brave. These last few months, I’ve branched out and done some things I normally wouldn’t do, like facilitating a small group and speaking to a classroom of middle school students. But I’m also learning something else about myself. I tend to only agree to try something if I have a fairly good […]

Read more ›

Letters (April 4, 2018)

God ‘banned from schools’ is false I cannot let go unchallenged a comment by Larry Ensey in the March 28 Free Press (Letters). I will not comment on his gun views. But, to say “we kicked prayer out of school… Bible reading… Ten Command­ments… and Christianity.” This is a false statement, and I can prove it. The truth is, the […]

Read more ›

Stranger things at county

Recent Marion Coun­ty Board of Commissioners meetings have been bitterly divisive at times, paralyzed with respect to meeting amicably on issues, and stalemated at almost every turn. Two weeks ago when Commissioner Kent Becker was absent, it seemed that Commissioner Randy Dallke set out to prove a point that he could make Chairwoman Dianne Novak ineffective by not seconding any […]

Read more ›

You’ll love this from the bottom of your ‘tart’

There’s something intimidating about pastry. It’s hard to roll out perfect circles or to put it into pie pans without it cracking. Plus, there are too many people online who are true artists with dough, and that is extremely intimidating when I start hunting for new recipes. The recipe I tried this week, though, is meant to look a little […]

Read more ›

Soil sense

We voice our support once again for the stewards of our land and water. In a perfect world, that would include all of us, but we’re thinking specifically of our farmers who invest their effort and money to protect our natural resources through proven soil conservation practices. For many farmers in our area, a consistent commitment to soil conservation arises […]

Read more ›

Breakfast idea: try Durham

If you are sitting at home pondering what to do for breakfast, I would recommend piling in the car and driving to Durham and have breakfast served to you at the Main Street Cafe. We have been meaning to go there with our young neighbors for some time and finally found the time a week ago last Friday. That would […]

Read more ›

Taking a risk is worth it

When I was little, one of my favorite things to do was jump out of a moving swing. With a thrill and perhaps a little nervous exhilaration, I would jump from as high as a dared. The sound of passing wind would tickle my ears as I rushed through it on the way to the ground below. And then I […]

Read more ›

K-12 funding may be separate from budget

As we approach first adjournment on April 6, the committee meeting schedule has slowed down considerably. The budget committees have finished most of their work and recommendations are being made to Appropri­ations, and only a few other committees continue to meet. The main committees still meeting regularly are primarily Tax and Appropri­ations committees. A few interesting developments have come to […]

Read more ›