Category: Opinion

Former local state representative gives thoughts on election

It’s time we Republicans take a look at how we will vote in the governor’s race. I served Marion County and the entire 70th House District as your Republican State Representative from 2009 – 2012 (my law partner became a judge and I had to get ‘back to work’ in the office). As a trained attorney, I want facts on […]

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Letter to the Editor (10-24-18)

I want to thank Martha Krispense for her eloquent, well-written letter to the editor. Much of what she says I find myself in agreement with. However, I must differ on some key points. I do not think it would be wise to argue about whether Republicans or Democrats are more Christian. That argument would be pointless and never-ending. The Republicans […]

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Do research before the election

Mid-term elections are fast approaching. By now, all eligible citizens should have thoroughly vetted the candidates vying for their respective positions in our representative government, having a clear understanding of the issues facing local, state and federal governments. Sadly, that is likely not the case. In much the same way young students try to get out of doing their homework […]

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On the road again

We decided that I would take some short practice trips on the highway before I actually drove any distances.Since it has been nearly two years that I have driven on the highway. Once I hit the road this past Saturday to drive out to the wind farm north of town and actually north of Durham, I realized that it wasn’t […]

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Sign your name to it

There have been many things written about me, some disparaging and some complimentary, but at least most of those folks have the decency to tell me who is throwing the compliment or barb. This week we received many complaints about a certain columnist in The Free Press. Bob Woelk has written a column for as long as I have been publisher […]

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Letters to the editor (10-17-18)

Because Woelk needs a rebuttal Sadly, our society has degraded to the point that I have to agree that MOST of Bob Woelk’s comments in his op ed piece in the October 16 issue of the Hillsboro Free Press are true. However, I believe, there are other issues to consider as well. Because, historically, no matter which party is in […]

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Miscarriage deserves awareness

Seven years ago, I approached my Free Press editor, wondering whether I had written too many times about miscarriage. I thought maybe he would agree with me that, yes, a few times was enough. Rather, he told me the topic was important and I should keep writing. After his encouragement, I have felt free to share many more times about […]

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Bring a blanket, the heater is staying off

As I write this, snow is falling outside my window. It’s not forecasted snow (last I heard, we were outside the “trace to zero” zone) or even particularly welcome snow, but here it is. Even the kids’ initial enthusiasm was dampened when they realized that it won’t even get them a free day from school, since inservice is scheduled tomorrow. […]

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Scholarship isn’t about nonsense

I met with Bonnie Darwin executive director of the Hillsboro Community Foundation and Bill Hake of the Cen­tral Kansas Community Foundation about creating a media scholarship fund. They were willing to meet me at the house so Nancy could also listen in case I didn’t get everything right. Here is what I am thinking about naming the fund as of […]

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Old Settler’s shows what community is

The Marion Kiwanis Club hosted the 107th Annual Old Settlers’ Day a few weekends ago and reinforced what “Community” is really all about. The city is appreciative to all who attended the festivities and class reunions. Before the weekend events started, city crews were busy after normal business hours preparing the downtown with a fresh coat of paint on the […]

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