February 10, 2016

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 Kansas, including cities, counties and school districts must have their budgets published and submitted to Continue Reading

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 pass. In the end, it got one more than necessary. It’s a welcome turn of Continue Reading

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 what you do today and tomorrow. Gardner Edgerton High School and Spring Hill High School Continue Reading

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 enough to drive a dozen Mack trucks through? None. There is absolutely no point in Continue Reading

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 lined with second-hand treasures for the citywide garage sale. Negotiations were made and deals were Continue Reading

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 Foundation estimates that April 24 is the day that Americans’ earnings go to their own Continue Reading

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