February 11, 2016

Letter to the editor

I am intrigued by the similarities between the Republican presidential debates and the sport of rodeo bull riding. Each event has a line-up of contestants who are totally committed to eventually win the Grand Prize. Bull riders compete in the arena. After being thrown from the bull, a rodeo clown tries to distract the bull’s Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Finally, Big Bull Creek park plans underway

At long last plans are underway to develop Big Bull Creek park near Edgerton. The 2000 acres was purchased about 15 years ago but has remained nearly off-limits and undeveloped for public use. The park property has not been without controversy. In October 2012, Edgerton city officials went thru the condemnation process to purchase about Continue Reading

National Parks, a reading or walking adventure

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist One of the benefits of being a little older is the time you can spend on reading. When I had young kids reading was a relaxation I didn’t allow myself to partake very often. If you read you sit, or lay. with kids it seems sitting isn’t much of an option. Continue Reading

Geocaching is a fun, free family experience

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist Winter is upon us and as long as the weather permits, any excuse is a good excuse to be outside. If you are looking for a new hobby or even something to try out on a nice weekend day, why not try geocaching? What is geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor Continue Reading

Candidate Sanders proves the pundits wrong

Jim Hightower Guest Columnist The problem with applying conventional wisdom to political campaigns is that it can suddenly be upended by an unconventional campaign. National media pundits have been riveted by Donald Trump’s flagrantly narcissistic run for the Republican presidential nomination. But Exhibit A for the most remarkable political challenge to conventional wisdom is Bernie Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Taxation without representation still flies in the face of democracy

Quietly, a battle over the coins in our pockets is raging. Whether or not citizens should have the right to vote on some tax increases is being discussed by staff and elected officials at most levels of government. The thought of a public vote over higher taxes based on property valuations so concerns public officials Continue Reading

Protesters taunts not necessary

Taylor Krenger Guest Columnist The protest in Edgerton held at the Edgerton United Methodist Church was an overall short and quiet protest. It was super cold outside during the protest; so the protest did not last as long as usual. I did not like the fact that they came into my town and hated on Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Edgerton residents preach love; counter hateful protesters

Edgerton one. Topeka anti-gay church protesters zero. At least that’s the way it seemed to play out when members of a Topeka church notorious for anti-gay protests arrived in town Jan. 17. They were apparently responding to an article in The Kansas City Star regarding a local pastor who came out as gay. The odds Continue Reading

Don’t be fooled by the hype on transparency

Doug Anstaett Kansas Press Association Guest columnist If I had a nickel for every time an elected official sang the praises of governmental transparency, I wouldn’t have to buy a lottery ticket. That might be an exaggeration in the hyped-up atmosphere of a $1.5 billion PowerBall jackpot, but it’s not so far-fetched in the scheme Continue Reading

Blazing new trails, global routes, local roots

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist Looking at the new logo Gardner has unveiled, I started to wonder, What does it take to erase history? Maybe erase isn’t the word. Maybe modify or update might be better terms. I wondered if I asked ten people at the grocery store just exactly what trails the new slogan was Continue Reading