Kansas lawmakers spent too much time this year debating a long list of unnecessary and provocative proposals, including banning transgender student athletes and making it harder to vote.

The 2020 Census has released its initial results, which the Advocate plans to profile in next week’s edition. What it will show about Marysville is that it stands alone, or nearly alone, statewide as a rural community that has not seen significant population loss in the last 20 years. Aside …

New fire station, new ag complex, local property tax rates, no chickens in city limits, COVID-19 precautions, new school superintendent, teacher assignments, pay raises, infrastructure work, condemned buildings, new street signs, purchases of real estate and equipment.

Since statehood in 1861, Kansas residents have relied upon elected legislators to tackle issues, develop proposed laws, then vote on them — mostly out of earshot or view of ordinary citizens.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have watched with dread lately as some states rescind mask mandates. This while COVID-19 cases rise in several states.

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The wind industry, which has generated a lot of clean energy as well as $14 billion for Kansas over the past several years, is now the target of a regressive bill pushed by anti-science Sen. Mike Thompson.

I am going on a rant, and yes this is a warning. This past weekend was the fateful day that we spring our clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Saving Time. Let me be clear and not mince any words here, I really dislike the time change and, I have yet to find anyone who really likes it. Over an…

Masks have been recommended by public health officials at the federal and state level for months now. They remain an effective barrier to an illness that has caused more than 500,000 U.S. deaths while leaving others fighting to breathe or struggling with ailments for weeks or months.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease advisor, made it clear Tuesday what America has witnessed. In a year’s time, the U.S. has lost half a million souls to COVID-19.

By golly it’s cold outside. So cold that record low temperatures raised the alarms at regional power utilities, spurring them to call on customers to quickly decrease energy usage this week.

There’s a metaphor for those who make our lives better by working through all seasons to keep “the trains running on time.” But in our community, in these frigid days, there literally are dozens of Marshall countians who keep those Union Pacific engines rolling through town loaded with goods…

COVID-19 has revealed much about health care in America. The harsh reality of life without health insurance is among the pandemic’s toughest lessons.

It’s a good thing the city of Marysville’s taking the initiative to remove two buildings that are becoming eyesores downtown to the west of the Pony Express sculpture park.

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Sen. Roger Marshall’s vote on Jan. 6, 2021, will go down in history as a day of shame for Kansas.

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Quotes from Republican officials before Donald Trump became president:

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., on Tuesday issued the following statement on this week’s joint session of Congress. We applaud Kansas’ senior senator for casting a vote that affirms the Constitution and America’s precious democratic freedoms.

The Marysville Advocate, dating back decades has run an occasional “We Advocate” editorial to highlight issues we think deserve attention and action.

Marshall County residents who live in the footprint of NextEra Energy’s proposed Irish Creek Wind Project were unhappy with Monday’s announcement that commissioners aim to vote Jan. 4 on the turbine site plan. The residents had been led to believe they’d have 30 days to ask for a turbine sit…

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One thing Kansans deserve to know about their state attorney general joining Texas in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to erase four other states’ election results: What was Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt thinking?

Many of us are asking, “What can we do this holiday season to make things better for others?” It’s been a year we’d like to forget. So how can we cap it off by brightening community spirits?

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When Thanksgiving Day arrives this Thursday, many people’s thoughts will be on food, family, friends and football as usual. Maybe the family and friends can’t make it because of the pandemic, but they will be there in spirit, and that’s the best way to be this year.

Election fervor has faded and the real world has crept in. Kansans continue their daily lives and work amid growing distress as COVID-19 infiltrates our communities.

“Kansas voters have multiple options to cast their ballot — advance in-person voting, election day in-person voting and advance mail ballot voting,” Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab said in March as the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up.

Editor’s note: Letters that clearly capture an issue’s urgency and timeliness can move people to action. We hope this one does. Retired Axtell nurse Judy Glynn aptly shares the story of our health care providers, so we’re spotlighting her letter in this week’s editorial space to emphasize th…

Kansas COVID-19 cases are surging and northeast Kansas is no exception. Marshall Countians are lucky to have a health department leader in Sue Rhodes and public health officer John Ryan who have remained vigilant, kept the public informed and reminded of masks, clean hands and distance.

Marshall County is fortunate to have dedicated residents willing to constantly volunteer and give their time and skills to multiple local efforts. That’s what makes this a really great place to live.

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As mayor of Topeka, Michelle De La Isla has worked to not only increase the city’s police department budget but also to strengthen relationships between law enforcement officers and the public they serve.

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The nation is mired in a pandemic that’s cost, at this writing, 215,000 American lives. A tragedy compounded by the current U.S. president’s laissez faire approach to COVID-19 and his horrific failure to protect Americans. This has cost the poorest, marginalized populations the most, and the…

Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier appears to be closing in on Roger Marshall in the final stretch of the state race for U.S. Senate.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death at age 87 Friday left many saddened worldwide. Ginsburg never stopped working toward justice for women and families through decades of public service.

Pony Up Marysville Match Day was a phenomenal success yet again this year. As organizers left the donation site at the Helvering Center Friday after 5 p.m., their general thought was that the total donated amount probably wouldn’t surpass last year’s $267,563. It’s 2020 after all, it’s been …

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Dozens of Kansas communities are in danger of missing out on significant amounts of money from the federal government because residents haven’t completed their 2020 Census. Statewide, more than two-thirds of the population has completed the task so far, leaving 31.1 percent unaccounted for a…

Cities and counties with mask orders in place are learning they work to slow the spread of coronavirus. While it’s easy to say the virus is not a problem here, one only has to look around the country and notice that outbreaks occur where caution is disregarded – even in rural areas.

Kansas stands alone amid its neighbors now, remaining one of just 11 states nationwide to resist expansion of Medicaid.

Marysville Sport and Recreation has made a multitude of lifelong memories possible for people of all ages — from children playing T-ball to parents cheering them on to senior citizens selling their goods at the farmers market.

Early voting is under way at the Marshall County Courthouse. If concerned about COVID-19, mail ballots are easily requested at ksvotes.org or by calling the county clerk’s office at 785-562-5361. The county will send voters their ballots, which can be mailed back or returned in person up unt…

Marshall County school districts are preparing for how to bring children safely back to school this fall. Fortunately the state has an exemplary physician at the helm of the state health department to advise Kansas’ education department as it prepares guidelines for the fall semester.

At Friday’s Marshall County commissioners meeting, the board agreed to leave it up to the public to wear masks. On Monday, they weren’t willing to allow the public without masks into the county’s courthouse.

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