Category: Opinion

Too much sports?

We appreciate the many expressions of support the Free Press receives for its effort to cover life and events in the Marion County region. The one complaint we’ve heard most frequently since we started nearly 20 years ago now—and we don’t hear it all that frequently—is that we devote too much attention to sports. By some standards, that’s probably true. […]

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You won’t believe a guy did it

What follows here is a true story. I could not possibly make this up. I know a guy who started wearing suspenders not too long ago. One day at work he needed to find some relief on the porcelain throne and undid his suspenders, sat and went about his business. He then put everything back together, washed his hands and […]

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Letters (March 7, 2018)

Gun violence has myriad influences Our founding fathers believed our right to keep and bear arms was so important, it was second only to freedom of speech in the Bill of Rights. With increasing numbers of mass shootings, some blame the Second Amendment and lawful gun ownership. Semi-automatic military style firearms and high-capacity magazines have been available since the 1950s. […]

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Contempt prior to investigation

vHere’s one of my all-time favorite quotes: “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” I particularly like this quote because it keeps me open-minded, honest and willing to see every person, situation and […]

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Agreement, divisions co-exist in Topeka

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives Turnaround week held few surprises as the Legisla­ture finished business before a short break. It was surprising how many unanimous, or near unanimous, votes were taken in the House the last day. Hopefully that is a sign that we are working together well for the betterment of the state. Having said that, […]

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(Pe)can’t miss out on German chocolate icing

Until I married Joey, German chocolate cake was a dessert I was vaguely aware of but not one I’d eaten very often. But it’s Joey’s absolute favorite—the flavor he chose for his groom’s cake at our wedding, in fact—so it’s become something I’ve had more often over the years. Since Joey recently celebrated a birthday, I decided to bake him […]

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Perseverance

These are challenging times for rural communities in Kansas, and perhaps nationwide. Certainly, the rural vs. urban battle is real in Topeka, and as our rural population continues to dwindle as people migrate to the urban centers, the legislative disparity will only get worse. In that context, we’re proud to produce our Annual Report for the city of Hillsboro in […]

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We’ll miss our great mother

We’ll miss our great mother

I honestly thought my mother-in-law, Dayle Unruh, would live to be 100. That she didn’t and died last week was a complete shock to our entire family. She was the best second mom a guy could ever have. I really mean that and I can’t think of one time I was in the dog house with her. ◼ She was […]

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There’s always a deeper story

“There’s a story behind every person…Sometimes you only know their name, not their story.” —Goodreads Thanks to an Ameri­cano and in spite of an icy sidewalk, I started one day last week with a chance encounter that woke up my view of, well, just about everything. Anne Lamott said, “Sometimes heaven is just a new pair of glasses.” That’s true […]

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Love your animals as humanly as possible

I love animals. They are so pure and amazing and I am so glad they are on this earth. There are very few animals I don’t find to be adorable. Last week on the 20th was national “love your pet day,” and I was inspired to talk about that. I have one dog. She has been my only pet since […]

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