October 21, 2014

An inconvenient truth: Environmentalists love oil

Drew Johnson
Guest Columnist
America’s largest environmental group just admitted to earning millions of dollars each year from oil.
The Nature Conservancy routinely guilt trips Americans about using fossil fuels. Yet its Texas prairie preserve is home to an oil …

Truth about Medicare becomes political casualty

Shonda Werry
Guest Columnist
It’s been said that truth is the first casualty of war.  The campaign now being fought in Kansas is a political one, but facts are still collateral damage. That’s unfortunate when an issue as important to …

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: City should work to improve crosswalk safety

Gary Carson
Thank you for the story about the crosswalk at Brittany Court. The fact that this has been a problem for 30 years is very important and it’s not just about the illegal crossing, it’s more about crosswalk …

OUR VIEW: Social Security, Medicare about to run dry

In a shocking turn of events that will come as a surprise to no one, government trustees reported that Social Security and Medicare are running out of money.
Social Security is expected to bankrupt in 2033 and Medicare funds run …

Liberal reverance for tolerance is selective to exclude Christian faith

Paul Kengor
Guest Columnist
I’ve said it before, and I’m hardly alone. Many have observed it. Liberals revere tolerance. They practically worship it. It’s like a religion to them. Well, now comes a study that supports the point.
A new …

The U.S. should not politicize education standards

Kristen Amundson
Guest Columnist
The U.S. education system recently received a report card from the OECD, a think tank for developed countries. America’s grades weren’t pretty.
Twenty-nine countries out-performed the United States in math. Nineteen did better in reading. America …

OUR VIEW: Infamous 47 percent actually the 43 percent

The infamous 47 percent is actually the 43 percent, according to a 2013 report by the Tax Policy Center.
The center reports that 43 percent of Americans pay no income tax – not 47 percent as Mitt Romney suggested in …

Restoring government by the people, for the people

Marge Baker
Guest Columnist
One of the many privileges of living in a democracy is the ability of each of us to have an equal say about how we are governed. Through elections, our lawmakers can be held accountable for …

OUR VIEW: Council decision smacks of cronyism

Gardner City Council members gave a healthy nod to cronyism during a Sept. 15 meeting.
Council members agreed to negotiate for a city-owned piece of property on Gardner Lake with one potential buyer rather than offering the property to anyone …

American foreign policy elite have no idea what they’re advocating

Sheldon Richman
Guest Columnist
The American foreign-policy elite seems to have no idea what it’s doing.
Americans may believe the government — especially the foreign-policy side — is at least minimally competent, but when one surveys decisions from the last …