Letters (Mar. 21, 2012)

Local music students achieve at state, too

Music is an integral, vibrant part of life. The lifelong process of learning, performing, creating and appreciating music brings meaning and richness to our heritage and culture.

Marion High School students Caroline Collett (state choir) and Alicia Mahoney (state band) along with Hillsboro High School?s Olivia Kliewer (state choir) and Daniele Melton, Riley Loewen, Caleb Bettles and Graham Pankratz (state middle level honor choir), were chosen by audition and performed at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention in Wichita.

Also performing was the HHS Concert Choir. Performing at this event may be comparable to winning at the highest level of athletics.

In past years, the MHS Singers, MHS Choir, Hillsboro?s Spirit-N-Celebration, HHS men?s ensemble and HHS Choir, as well as other students from both schools, have performed at the KMEA convention.

We would like to congratulate all students for their tremendous performances at this event. These two communities have wonderful students who help brighten our communities with their contributions to the arts.

Supt. Lee Leiker, USD 408

Supt. Steve Noble, USD 410

David Clark, MHS choral director

Lynn Just, HHS choral director

Health-care reform bill needs repeal

As then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said about health-care reform, ?We have to pass the bill so you can find out what?s in it.?

Friday, March 23, marks the second anniversary of the new law?s enactment.

In two years, we?ve found out the law cuts Medicare, raises billions in new taxes and increases premiums for families by $2,100 a year.

We?ve found out many employers are dropping, and still more are planning to drop, the coverage they provide, so if you like what you have now you may not be able to keep it.

We?ve found out the law is so unpopular that the government has granted more than 1,700 waivers to exempt labor unions and others from participation.

And, we?ve found out the law?s mandates may be unconstitutional. Kansas and other states are challenging them before the Supreme Court later this month.

That?s why I am working to repeal health care reform. It?s one anniversary I don?t want to observe again.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)

Washington, D.C.

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