Commentary

Wed
17
Apr

5% SOLUTION

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation’s Betsy Wearing presented some impressive numbers at the recent annual meeting of the Smoky Hill Development Corporation.

Here’s a sample, based on research from the Kansas Association of Community Foundations:

 

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Wed
17
Apr

Here today, gone tomorrow

“A Computer in a Phone Booth Is Not a Library”

That book was in the library last year because I checked it out and returned it. Now that I need to go back and check a few sentences I want to quote — it isn’t there anymore. It is not checked out to another professor or student. It is simply gone — discarded because it can be accessed online through some bundled arrangement with an library service.

 

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Thu
11
Apr

Political Contrast

Red meat vs. substance

Saturday, April 6, area residents had the opportunity to listen to two of their elected representatives at the Ellsworth Antique Mall, Congressman Roger Marshall and Rep. Steven Johnson. By contemporary standards, the turnout was decent, thanks in no small part to the number of high school students in attendance, likely a result of their instructor’s encouragement.

While I have listened to both men speak before, I have never had the chance to listen to both in the same venue. The contrast between the two struck me as noteworthy, hence this letter.

 

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Thu
11
Apr

Education vote explained

The legislature had a busy week as we finished up the general session. We adjourned the general session on Friday and return for the veto session May 1.

The tax committee pushed to study the work that came in the last week from our Senate partners. We were able to advance some issues and began our work in conference committee to learn what additional measures we may pass.

The big issue was education funding. This is a large piece of the puzzle we need to move forward for many in the state.

 

 

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Wed
03
Apr

Editor’s Notebook

You’ll find a story in this week’s I-R about new leadership in the local Democratic Party. The Ellsworth County Republicans also have new officers.

Leland Francis, a retired teacher and coach from Wilson, is now chairman. He replaces Rob Fillion, former executive director of the Smoky Hill Economic Development Corporation. Fillion now lives in Wichita. Vice-chairman is Mary Jo Huseman, who has been active in Republican politics for many years.

 

 

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Wed
03
Apr

FROM OUR READERS

Let us be good neighbors

I am saddened to hear about a rift between once congenial neighbors. The rift stems from one family wanting to expand cattle operations that are regulated like all operations throughout the U.S. The rift seems to be between the two S’s — the Svaty family and another close operation that adds value to crops produced from their own land.

I greatly applaud the Svaty operation as it fits the need for fresh vegetables plus fine lamb and pork ...

 

 

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Wed
27
Mar

Legislative coffees planned

Two legislative coffees are planned Saturday, April 6, in Ellsworth County with Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, and Sen. Richard Wilborn, R-McPherson.

The legislators will be in Wilson at 8:30 a.m. at Grandma’s Soda Shop. They will be joined by Rep. Troy Waymaster, a Russell County Republican.

 

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Wed
27
Mar

FROM OUR READERS

Thank you, Ellsworth City

Letter to the Editor:

To Mayor Alan Stefek and the City Council, city administrator Scott Moore and the city street department, Thanks to all of you for your wonderful job of snow removal this past winter! It was a pleasure to leave the house on those very cold days to find the streets clean.

The people of the City of Ellsworth should be very proud of the snow removal that took place. Thank you for all of your efforts and great work!

Virgil and Connie Ranker

Ellsworth

 

 

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Thu
21
Mar

Marshall needs to expand his ‘bandwidth’ territory

FROM OUR READERS

March 4, 2019, a Wall Street Journal article reported that the American Academy of Family Physicians political action committee had contributed a much larger sum of money to political candidates that earned an “F” rating by the National Rifle Association than candidates with an “A” rating.

One might find such contributions reasonable given human cost in the number of deaths and injuries attributed to firearms every year. Add to that an estimated economic cost of hundreds of billions of dollars a year, depending on how one tabulates the data. Taxpayers pick up much if not most of the tab, including the cost of the recent active shooter in-service at USD 327 reported on three weeks ago in the Indy.

 

 

Thu
21
Mar

Splash pad continues on track

Dear Editor

The Ellsworth Kiwanis Club gives a big “THANK YOU” to everyone for your donations to the Kiwanis Splash Pad.

We have successfully raised all the money needed to build the Splash Pad, water features and mechanicals. With weather warming up, you’ll be seeing lots of progress in the near future in Preisker Park.

 

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