July 2, 2015

U.S. declares its independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which …

OUR VIEW: Kansas Senate passes awful tax hikes to fill budget gap

Kansans are getting a tax hike, if a bill passed by the Senate makes its way through the House and Governor.
Absolutely no one is cheering – not even the people screaming that we must feed the ever-growing and always …

OUR VIEW: Stay tuned for city, school budget discussions

It’s not just summer. It’s budget season, too.
Memorial Day weekend doesn’t only signify the start of longer days, warmer temps and vacation from school.
In Kansas, the summer solstice also ushers in budget season. All local taxing entities in …

OUR VIEW: Moving local elections to fall a welcome change

Legislators passed a bill to move local elections from the spring in odd-numbered years to the fall in odd-numbered years.
The passage in the House – 64-58 – was by the slimmest of margins. The bill required 63 votes to …

OUR VIEW: The world awaits the graduates of Gardner Edgerton and Spring Hill high schools

High school graduates, there is one thing we hope you have learned during your 12 years of school: Take nothing for granted and know that life is never about what you did yesterday, but your worth is measured only by …

OUR VIEW: Timely update of KOMA, KORA welcome

What’s the point of having a law requiring that government officials conduct business in the sunshine by providing access to public records when the elected leader tasked with enforcing the law cheerleads a Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) loophole large …

OUR VIEW: Guests of community treated to its best

Town was buzzing this week with what makes Gardner special.
Heart.
Cities reflect the personalities of those who reside there; and despite this weekend’s gloomy weather, Gardner’s best face was shining.
Streets were filled with smiling faces, and driveways were …

Tax Freedom Day a day later this year

Congratulations, you’re working for yourself now. Prior to April 24, every penny you earned went to feed the monstrous government bureaucracy.
Tax Freedom Day arrived this year on April 24 – three days later than last year. The non-partisan Tax …

Council poised to demand change for changes’ sake

Council members appear perilously close to hosting a pointless, directionless work session in the near future.
Members of the Gardner City Council acquiesced to a demand from council members Rich Melton and Lee Moore to host an eventual work session …

Mayor congratulates city council election winners

Chris Morrow
Mayor of Gardner
With the 2015 Gardner City Council election completed and certified by the state of Kansas and Johnson County, I offer hearty congratulations to newly elected Council members Lee Moore and Rich Melton and re-elected incumbent …