October 4, 2015

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 to discuss making changes to how members of boards and commissions are appointed. The goal Continue Reading

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 council member Todd Winters. The effort you put forth during this campaign has paid the Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Kansas legislators need to keep promise to voters with spending cuts

Conservative legislators seem poised to break a promise to voters not to raise taxes. Though the Legislature cut taxes two years ago, a budget deficit looms. The Kansas Legislature is on hiatus until the veto session, which begins April 29. When lawmakers return to Topeka, they’ll need to find a way to plug the budget Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Hard work begins for recently-elected council, board members

Now the hard work begins. For far too long, Gardner has been marginalized by the project to its west, the intermodal. Although that project has largely been finalized by Edgerton, real challenges remain for our school districts and councils in Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill. We hope the top priority of the newly elected will Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Editorial board offers its endorsements in local races

Gardner residents are fortunate to have seven city council candidates to choose from who bring a variety of skill sets; and we congratulate those who have avoided finger pointing, mudslinging campaigns to focus on the issues. In the political marketplace, if you have something good to offer, it’s wise to trumpet it rather than wasting time criticizing your Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Elections have consequences; Voters should get to know candidates

With less than a month to go before the April 7 general election, it’s time for voters to get informed. Advanced voting has already started, and it’s time for voters to acquaint themselves with candidates, if they haven’t already. V Voters should be using the next several weeks to get to know the candidates who Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Personal touch will help keep 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 well as in the atmosphere in the core of the southwest communities. For those of Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Kansas Legislature resembles circus side show

It’s been a bang-up few weeks in the Kansas Legislature. If you’re hearing the music that typically accompanies a circus, you’re not alone. Politicians have apparently gone a little wonky in Topeka. In the last few weeks, legislators have proposed bills to eliminate public notices in newspapers, suggested increasing gas taxes, sales taxes and a Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Local elections loom; Voters should go to polls armed with information

With a little more than a month to go before the April 7 general election, it’s time for voters to get informed. If they haven’t already, voters should be using the next several weeks to acquaint themselves with the candidates that will be on that ballot. This newspaper as well as a variety of sources Continue Reading

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 welcome the reminder that there is more to history than the stuff that makes its Continue Reading