July 24, 2014

Merit or mystery: Pay increases shrouded in secrecy

Merit increases for public staff should not be mysterious.
Anyone who performs above and beyond that which is normally expected should be rewarded and commended. It would be nice to believe that’s how city of Gardner’s merit increases function, but …

OUR VIEW: Still time to pack in a staycation, short weekend trip

With sky-high gas prices and summer flying through, it may seem like there’s no time or funds for a vacation.
There remains, however, plenty of time for a staycation, or at the very least, a near-cation.
Long summer days are …

OPINION: State workers get a bonus; Kansas borrows from itself

State workers are getting a raise, but not everyone is happy about it.
Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators approved a $4.5 million expenditure that will give $250 bonuses to state workers. The one-time $250 bonuses will be given …

OPINION: Utility decision unlikely to end debate

The discussion probably isn’t over yet.
Though city council members reached a consensus to create a city utilities department and an advisory board to assist it, we have little faith that the decision will be a final one.
First, previous …

OPINION: Was proper public notice provided to Edgerton residents?

Some Edgerton residents say they weren’t given proper notice regarding a proposed asphalt/concrete plant to be built at 20125 Sunflower Road.
They might be right. We’ve had concerns about the legality of the county’s official newspaper for at least a …

OPINION: Thanking those who thank true patriots

It’s become almost common place for some people to call patriotism arrogant, nationalist or jingoistic. They say that people use patriotism as a political weapon.
This weekend, it was lovely to see many who didn’t flinch at the idea of …

OPINION: KCMO should allow free market to work, allow ride-sharing

The Kansas City, Missouri, government dislikes poor people, free enterprise and the environment. At least that’s the idea someone might get from the city government’s recent decision to seek a restraining order to keep a ride-sharing service from operating in …

OPINION: New law will draw back the curtains on arrest warrants

There’s good news at the close of Kansas 2014 Legislative session. Citizens in the very near future will have access to information about how law enforcement makes decisions to make arrests.
It couldn’t come soon enough. Kansas was one of, …

OUR VIEW: Citywide garage sale showcases perks of Gardner, capitalism

Once again, the citywide garage sale is expected to draw hundreds, if not thousands of people to our community this upcoming weekend.
The streets will team with bargain hunters and vendors. There will be entrepreneurs from organizations seeking to raise …

OPINION: City should hold Chamber financially accountable

Any organization requesting public money should be financially accountable. That includes Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Johnson County, formerly called the Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce.
Last January, Gardner City Council members approved providing $20,000 to the local Chamber organization. …