Letters (Jan. 4, 2012)

Senior center is

worthy of support

Hillsboro is a great place to live, and has a great senior center that serves great meals. The center is the lifeblood of the city. It?s a great place to fellowship, play games like bingo and cards, or work together on a puzzle.

We have fundraisers to keep the place going and pay bills. Unlike the other communities in the area, the city of Hillsboro does not give the senior center free utilities. The city would rather give to the golf course, city park and swimming pool.

Apparently the mayor and city council believe the senior center should be of no concern to them, but there are lots of people for whom the senior center meal is the only one of the day.

We invite the mayor and council to have dinner with us. Also, anyone can buy tickets and give them to mothers and fathers for their birthday or anniversary, or just to say thank-you.

Shirley Blackwell Minns

Hillsboro

KCAC is an efficient travel conference

With an average one-way traveling distance of a bit over 100 miles for inter-league athletic events, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference offers somewhat unique efficiencies for member institutions, realistic scheduling demands for student-athletes and relative accessibility for supporting fans and families.

As to specific match-ups, Bethany vs. McPherson contests are the most easily accessible at about 19 miles, while the greatest one-way driving distance of about 233 miles is required for Saint Mary vs. Sterling contests.

As to overall averages (based on Bing?s Internet mapping system), the one-way conference game mileages for the 10 institutions (locations) are about: 72.1 for McPherson (McPherson), 72.5 for Tabor (Hillsboro), 72.9 for Bethel (North Newton), 80.2 for Bethany (Lindsborg), 85.7 for Friends (Wichita), 91.9 for Kan?sas Wesleyan (Salina), 100.4 for Sterling (Sterling), 120.8 for Southwestern (Winfield), 139.0 for Ottawa (Ottawa) and 182.0 for Saint Mary (Leaven?worth).

By this criterion, the central Kansas schools (McPherson, Tabor, Bethel) are advantaged. The overall KCAC average is 101.8 miles with Sterling?s average one-way mileage being the most representative and South?western, Ottawa and Saint Mary having the above-average driving distances.

Rusty Allen, athletics administrator at Tabor, suggests the KCAC?s noted traveling and scheduling efficiencies are ?unusual? if not unique in comparison to other conferences.

David L. Brown

Hillsboro

Blood donors helped save people?s lives

Thank-you to everyone who participated in the American Red Cross blood drive Dec. 16. We had 49 people come in to share their life-giving blood. We can feel proud we did our civic duty and helped to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients in hospitals throughout the area.

As a blood donor or volunteer, each of you has helped the Red Cross fulfill its mission of a safe and ample blood supply. Hospital patients rely on us and we delivered. We thank each of you for being a part of this lifesaving experience. We hope you will look forward to saving more lives at our next drive.

Gladys Funk, Shirley Kasper

Blood drive co-coordinators

Hillsboro

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