Commentary

Thu
08
Nov

From Our Readers

Duplexes add to community

Dear I-R,

Having been a subscriber for many years, I fully agree that local news is so important. Since I am not local, the paper is my way of keeping track — especially of people and places — from my past.

It takes from two to three weeks for the post office to deliver so am not as current as the “locals.

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Thu
08
Nov

HUNTING TRADITION

John Schlageck
Insight

Economy and wildlife management benefit from sport

During the early days of our country, settlers hunted out of necessity. While farming and trading provided them with a great deal of food, it wasn’t enough for sustenance. To survive, they hunted, fished and trapped wildlife where they lived and worked.

Today, hunting in America offers two major benefits to society: wildlife management and an economic boost.

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Wed
31
Oct

From Our Readers

Invest in our children

I have lived in the USD 112 School District for the last 10 years. During that time, I have watched our local school produce a doctor, nurses, flight nurse, teachers, welders, and the list goes on.

A quality education has a cost but yields a greater return! By voting “YES” on Nov. 6 for the school bond, we are investing not only in our schools but also in our children.

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Wed
31
Oct

NO YELLING

Ellsworth City Council should have put brakes on exchange

It was probably only a matter of time before the lack of civility that has infected our federal and state politics paid a visit to Ellsworth. The most recent meeting of the Ellsworth City Council turned ugly fast Oct. 22 when a citizen confronted administrator Scott Moore during a discussion on a city project. Moore suggested the award go to the lowest bidder; the citizen said the council should support those who contribute to the community — a local business in his case.

From there, the exchange turned personal with Moore attempting to defend himself as council members remained silent. It was a situation no employee, especially one who for the most part does his job in public view, should have to suffer.

Wed
24
Oct

More than Peanuts are at stake

FROM OUR READERS

It once was as predictable as end-of-October Halloween and Fall Football. Charlie Brown lined up the football, prepared to kick it far, far beyond the goalposts — and then what? You know the story. Lucy betrayed him — again! As she jerked the football away, Charlie’s indomitable, unceasing, heroic effort fell flat, leaving him planted on his posterior, pondering yet again how he could possibly have trusted Lucy, despite an unending history of warning signs.

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Wed
24
Oct

Writers urge citizens to become involved — and vote

FROM OUR READERS

Advancing from my college years into adulthood, with the many usual and sometimes difficult responsibilities, I never was especially politically motivated. Aware of my civic duties, I voted with regularity. Once the votes were counted and the election over, I accepted the results and settled back into my every day experiences. I was resigned to the fact that the voters had chosen a particular candidate and accepted the majority ruling. Even though the elected official may have been from an opposing party, I gladly and respectfully acknowledged the newly elected official.

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Wed
17
Oct

From Our Readers

Drugs are everywhere

No one in Ellsworth County wants to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. They give unsupervised probation, have them pay fines, big deal. Someone needs to put the hammer down and send these people to prison. Problem is, their past convictions have all likely been reduced to almost nothing, so, if they keep getting small misdemeanors on their record, they’re never going to suffer the consequences.

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Wed
17
Oct

THINK INVESTMENT

Linda Mowery-Denning
Editor/Publisher

Every so often we receive a letter to the editor that makes so much sense, it’s all we can do not to pick up the phone and yell “great job” at the author. One such letter appears in today’s Independent-Reporter.

“It’s about your community” by Allison Koch of Holyrood should be required reading for all patrons of the Central Plains School District. USD 112 voters go to the polls Nov. 6 to decide the fate of a general obligation bond issue of not more than $8.1 million to pay for improvements at district schools.

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Wed
10
Oct

TRUTH TELLERS

By Jim Zachary
Special to the I-R

Beyond the noise of the Beltway and the daily vilification of national media outlets, are community newspapers serving cities, counties and regions throughout the U.S.

Your local newspaper is far from being The Fake News.

Your newspaper is most definitely not The Enemy of the People.

In fact, the paper is the eyes, ears and voice of the people.

The people who work down at the paper are your friends, neighbors or maybe even your relatives.

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Wed
10
Oct

From Our Readers

Vote yes on school bond issue

Ten years ago, my family moved to the high plains of Kansas. I have always loved the strong “family” atmosphere provided by our local school. I have had children attend and graduate, receiving a quality education. I now have grandchildren attending the same school.

In order for these children to receive the same opportunities to excel in their generation, our schools are in dire need of updating. Leaving the improvement of our buildings to the promises of those running our state, has proven to not be in our best interest.

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