February 5, 2016

OUR VIEW: Editorial spurs debate, legal review

Twelve words buried in the middle of an Gardner News opinion piece has created quite a stir: “Council should be reminded that discrimination against old people is not legal.” The editorial, clearly marked “OUR VIEW: City committees could become vanity projects,” and printed in the Oct. 21 edition on the opinion page, is still being debated. Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: 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, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Pause for a minute; give thanks

Pause for a minute; give thanks The Thanksgiving season is quickly approaching, and we have a lot to be grateful about. We’re grateful for the wonderful country we live in, and the freedoms we enjoy. Freedom isn’t cheap; it comes with a price, and that price is often paid by our veterans. We can’t say Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Novice council should heed advice of the more experienced

Sometimes, it’s best to get your toe wet before jumping in the water. There’s a lot to be said for historical perspective and learning the lay of the land. Such could be said for Gardner’s two novice councilmen; who in their zeal and enthusiastic support of Gardner seem intent on diving into the deep end of Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: City committees could become vanity projects

Gardner City Council created a series of citizen committees that would vet proposals in a several areas. For example, a parks and recreation committee will discuss and have input on parks and recreation projects and events. As envisioned, these committees would be staffed with citizen volunteers as an extra layer of representation and input on Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Newspapers celebrate 75th anniversary of Newspaper Week

Newspapers celebrate the 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week this week. The week observes the impact of newspapers in our communities. While the newspaper industry is changing, its relevance remains. Many would say they aren’t newspaper readers today, however, most read several newspaper articles everyday via links to newspaper websites from places like Facebook and Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Romney’s 47 percent are the 43 percent

The infamous 47 percent is actually the 43 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center. The center reports that 43 percent of Americans pay no income tax – not 47 percent as Mitt Romney suggested in his ill-fated bid for the U.S. Presidency in 2012. Romney’s numbers were accurate in 2009, but the number of Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Congratulations to chamber on 40 years of civic engagement

Congratulations to the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce on its 40th anniversary. Formally created in Sept. 15, 1975, the organization has been instrumental in assisting business owners in town and creating networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. The organization was instrumental in helping to bring the Sprint North Supply building to southwest Johnson County, and it continues Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Kansas ranks high in Midwest for number of taxing entities

The federal government may be shutting down in October, as the U.S. Congress attempts to reach agreements on cuts. However, Americans should have no fear knowing that more than 90,000 local governments will still be operating. According to the 2012 Census of Government, there are approximately 29 local government entities per 100,000 people nationwide. In Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Time to reconsider federal food stamp program

There are more than 46 million people collecting food stamps in America, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That’s enough to fill both halls of the Kauffman Center 13,675 times. We’re not convinced the food stamp program is worth the cost estimated at more than $80 billion each year, especially considering the program Continue Reading