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John Marshall

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John Marshall is the retired editor-owner of the Lindsborg (Kan.) News-Record (2001-2012), and for 27 years (1970-1997) was a reporter, editor and publisher for publications of the Hutchinson-based Harris Newspaper Group. He has been writing about Kansas people, government and culture for more than 40 years, and currently writes a column for the News-Record and The Rural Messenger. He lives in Lindsborg with his wife, Rebecca, and their 21 year-old African-Grey parrot, Themis.

Bringing back the finer parts of history

Jim Prugh, the Lakewood, Colo., investor who brings new life to old buildings in downtown Lindsborg, has begun another renovation – this one at 118 South...

Commercial and chimerical – the value of beauty

Salinans have praised the arts for generations and lately their government has increased the arts as a mission. The list of public and private organizations that...

Property taxes in Kansas: The tissue and torment of government

Part 2 Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to slash state spending for schools comes from his overall mission to abolish the state income tax; to cover the resulting...

Property taxes in Kansas: the tissue and torment of government

Part 1: For governors and government in Kansas, the Carlin era can be seen as the most productive and accomplished in recent history. Progress, however, didn’t happen...

School finance: A troubled and complicated history

(First of three articles) The governor and allies in the Legislature seem to be flush with loose talk about re-writing the state’s local school finance formula. Others,...

Fantasy headlines and anecdotes for a new year

Many among us make resolutions for the new year. Among them are pledges to lose weight, start jogging, obey our parents, pay our bills, watch less...

Among the stories from Christmases ago

We note with awe each year the beauty that Lindsborg and the Smoky Valley bring to Christmas. No village in Kansas is more lovely at this...

Election and onward: Notes and comment

IN MCPHERSON County and other paper ballot locations, voters sign in at each polling station with pen and ink in a large book that lists all...

Fear and darkness in a thruway blizzard

It’s been a couple of weeks since a double-whammy blizzard buried Buffalo and a good part of western New York. Successive “lake effect” storms carried moisture...

On giving thanks

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are.” – Luke 18:11 Without speaking for anyone...

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