December 17, 2014

OUR VIEW: Personal touch goes long way to maintain small town feel

Southwest Johnson County has been in the throes of extreme growing pains for the last several years, perhaps for more than a decade. With the intermodal building out, citizens can expect even more drastic changes in the community’s appearance as …

OUR VIEW: Advice for local candidates, their supporters

Don’t breathe that sigh of relief just yet.
The political engine isn’t out of steam, despite the end of the 2014 general election.
City council and school board races are gathering power as candidates are now throwing their hats into …

OUR VIEW: A Thanksgiving proclamation

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, …

OUR VIEW: Parade cancellation a disappointment

It was exciting to have Johnson County’s Veterans Day ceremony in Gardner on Nov. 11. However, we were disappointed in a decision to cancel a scheduled parade in conjunction with the event.
The approximate block long parade was to take …

OUR VIEW: Hard work begins when campaigns subside

Now the hard work begins.
The pages of this edition were at the printer before results were in on Tuesday’s election, and we’re elated that it’s over. Now the hard work begins.
As we write this, we aren’t sure who …

OUR VIEW: Endorsements difficult without inspiring candidates

It’s difficult to duck the mudslinging long enough to make political endorsements this election.
In the Governor’s race, we appreciate some of the work incumbent Sam Brownback has done. Although our opinion is not popular, we approve of eliminating a …

OUR VIEW: Voters should get educated about candidates

It’s said every few years, and it’s usually true. However, this year more than ever may truly be one of the most important elections in American history.
The United States is in a new and different sort of war – …

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 …

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 …

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 …