Opinion

Community journalism matters because communities matter

“Everything in this newspaper is important to someone. ” It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years. Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least. We publish photos of ribbons being cut at bakeries, and donations being dropped off at local food pantries. We print ...

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Mutual care key for traveling rural roads

Seems Kansas farmers and ranchers are always doing something in their fields, grassland and on our public roads. No matter where you travel in our state, you’ll probably wind up approaching farm tractors, trucks and other large ag equipment on the roads. Tractors, combines ...

New state taxes may not be sufficient

The group of experts tasked with forecasting how much Kansas will collect in taxes raised their two-year estimate by $225 million after meeting Thursday to compare notes on the performance of key sectors of the state economy. That’s ...

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Moran shares views on multiple topics during tour stop

During his hour-long tour stop in Marion County last week, Sen. Jerry Moran offered his thoughts on a wide range of topics. Following are some highlights. political priority in D. C. ?We?ve now gotten into this position that our loyalty is to our political party?s president compared to having ...

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What?s the best way to define family farm for contemporaries?

It seems people outside agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. In our contemporary society this means people two, three or four generations removed from the land live in sprawling suburbia. Today, men ...

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Communities that care

? We sometimes surprise ourselves about what we can accomplish together if we try. What can a community accomplish when it is presented with a worthy cause, has people who are willing to give of their time and financial resources to see it happen and then resolve to keeping working toward the goal until it is achieved? Maybe the sky?s the ...

Letters, September 2, 2015

Donors, volunteers are appreciated The Hillsboro Commun?ity Red Cross Blood Drive was a busy and very productive dat at the city building Aug. 21. Thank-you especially to all who donated blood, and anyone else who doanted their time to make it all run smoothly. Fifty-nine units were collected, which will help many needy patients. The next drive ...

Start of football a magical time

Football season is once again upon us. The evenings are getting cooler, and later this week the Friday night lights will shine once again. I couldn?t be more ready. I have always loved football. When I was little, ...

Search for clarity is ongoing

What?s the difference between a hotel and motel? Seems like a simple enough question, but it turned out not being as easy to define as I initially thought. When I asked Terry Jones, Marion?s economic development director, he said his under?standing was that hotels have doors on the inside and motels have doors on the outside. Merriam-Webster ...

Driving the streets again

Look out! I?m driving on the streets again. I haven?t done it since June 1. I drove home from my checkup in Newton without incident. That was just a warmup for the road trip I took Wednesday. I asked why I wasn?t allowed to drive when others who had the same surgery could drive almost right away. He said some doctors ...