February 10, 2016

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

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

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

OUR VIEW: Elected officials have returned to Topeka for legislative session

Elected officials have returned to Topeka for the legislative session. After last year’s record-long 114 days, we don’t know what to expect, but we hope it isn’t more dysfunction. Ideals are wonderful things, but sometimes a good dose of reality is in order. The reality is – Kansas needs to get its financial house together. Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Child support guidelines change; One size doesn’t fit all

Recommendations from an advisory committee of 14 provided input on changes in child support guidelines that will effect thousands of Kansas residents. The changes, as implemented by the Kansas Supreme Court, took effect January 1 and, in some cases, may result in an across the board increase of more than three percent. We believe all Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: It’s almost over

Ready or not, another year is quickly sliding past; 2015 has been a time of growth for the surrounding communities. With growth comes change; and sometimes that’s painful as everyone shuffles to find their place. New people. New industries. New businesses. New staff and elected officials. The New Year is a time of rebirth; a Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Christmas maybe over, but keep the joyful spirit alive

The presents are wrapped; or maybe they’re already unwrapped. The smell of Christmas dinner is in the air; or maybe you celebrated the holiday early, and the refrigerator’s stuffed with leftovers.. The house is full of laughter of family and friends; or maybe the hubbub is over. Wherever you are in your holiday festivities, we Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Gardner council approves new logo

Congratulations to the City of Gardner on their new logo, and a special thank you to those committee members who spent their time outlining, discussing and reviewing logo designs. After 18 years, the city will begin “rebranding,” or updating their logo and tagline with a new website next year, and the promotional items, etc., will Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Mark calendars for bond meeting

At least one more informational meeting regarding USD 231’s proposed $29.7 million bond is scheduled. Although the meeting is just a week before Christmas – Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. at Gardner Edgerton High School – district patrons might want to mark their calendars and attend. According to the district’s website, the bond would “renovate Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Money spent locally benefits economy

Money spent locally stays within the community, and there are many mom and pop stores in Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill that would benefit from local support this holiday season. According to a 2008 Civic Economic Study, Grand Rapids, MI, more than two-thirds – $68 – of every $100 spent with locally owned businesses stays Continue Reading