Commentary

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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Wed
03
Oct

From Our Readers

Be informed on bond proposal

The USD 112 school district is in the process of informing patrons about an upcoming bond proposal that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. The USD 112 school district includes the communities of Bushton, Claflin, Dorrance, Holyrood, Lorraine, and Wilson.

A community committee began the process about a year ago by touring district facilities and determining wants and needs. From that list of wants and needs, the present $8.1 million bond was established.

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Wed
03
Oct

A KANSAS ORIGINAL

One of the joys of this job is getting to know people you might not otherwise have met. Almost 20 years ago now, the telephone on my desk at the Salina Journal rang and on the other end of the line was Wilson’s George Eschbaugh. He had heard Sharon Montague and I planned to start a newspaper in Ellsworth County. He was the Ellsworth County Independent’s first subscriber.

That story comes to mind whenever I think of George. He was an amazing man, someone who encouraged others and supported his community — both its future and its past.

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Wed
26
Sep

OUR NEWS, OUR LIVES

By Matt Geiger
Special to the I-R

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 the school honor roll, the court report, and in-depth stories on decisions made by planning commissions and town boards. Sometimes we cover murders, abuse, and horrific car crashes, and when we do our community journalists often experience these tragedies as both reporters and neighbors — as both professionals and human beings. We cover the referendum that will determine whether a new school is built and our readers’ taxes will rise. We publish birth announcements, obituaries, and the various things that, when wedged between those two book ends, make up the lives that make up our communities.

Wed
26
Sep

From Our Readers

Where’s JV tennis stats?

I do not know to whom this should be directed to but would like an answer.

As parents, grandparents and friends of all JV and Varsity Bearcat sports athletes, we go to support and cheer them on to do their best, win or lose, at home and away games. They all go out and play their best to honor their school and have some fun, too. There are always stat reports from JV football, volleyball and cross country in our local paper. So where are the stats of the matches and accomplishments and rewards received for our JV tennis athletes?

Let’s show all our Bearcat athletes the same support.

Jan Prochaska

Ellsworth

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