May 4, 2015

OUR VIEW: Black History Month recognizes overlooked history

Black History Month collides with the idea of the Great American Melting Pot.
Black History Month isn’t necessary but the contributions of black Americans, as well as some other ethnic groups, for decades were not included in history books. We …

OUR VIEW: Residents ‘occupy’ city hall

There’s a time and a place to air concerns about every purpose under heaven. The trick is finding the right one.
Unfortunately, a group of citizens failed to do so when they interrupted and virtually hijacked a meeting that was …

OUR VIEW: School funding decisions belong to voters, not judges

Call it a miscarriage of justice.
A three-judge panel ruled on Dec. 30 that Kansas schools are illegally underfunded.
The Shawnee District Court justices wrote funding for public schools “is inadequate from any rational perspective of the evidence.”
Judges didn’t …

OUR VIEW: LOB ballot seeks trust of USD 231 voters

Trust us.
That’s what school officials are asking voters to do in this mail-in election. The ballot question asks voters to give school board members the authority to raise taxes above what they already can. State statute limits the amount …

OUR VIEW: Paper offers its legislative agenda

Many entities, especially public or taxpayer funded entities, offer legislative agendas to elected officials. The agendas layout items of concern and areas in which legislators may expect a visit from a lobbyist on their behalf.
The Gardner News doesn’t have …

OUR VIEW: Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel

November and December might be the months for seasonal holidays, but Dec. 25 is the day for Christmas and Christian celebrations worldwide:
Luke 2:1-20
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from …

It’s too early to open champagne to celebrate U.S. economy

The American economy produced 321,000 new jobs last month, but it’s still too early to get excited that the dampened U.S. economy has fully recovered.
The November jobs report showed a steady unemployment rate — at 5.8 percent, and several …

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, …