April 23, 2014

Board uses questionable procedure to replace exiting members

Despite the questionable process of replacing recently-elected Shelta Collins, who resigned from the USD 231 board of education, and Tim Rayburn, who will resign at some future date, two good candidates were selected: Mary Nelson, senior vice-president at Metcalf Bank …

Unicorns, fairies, and ‘Gateway to Gardner’ do not exist

Let’s talk for a second about the “Gateway to Gardner.”
To hear city staff tell it, you’d think there was a vaunted entryway into town complete with pageantry and artistry. There’s no such thing or place as the “Gardner Gateway.”…

It’s time to rally around the Blazer blue

It’s that time of year again. In most corners of the country, people are enjoying the scents and sights of fall – leaves, turning and falling, in shades of red, orange and gold, and summer growing old.
But the colors …

Community development department mistreats small business

We hear an awful lot about opening the city of Gardner for business.
Too bad it appears to be nothing more than lip-service where small, local businesses are concerned.
We’ve editorialized before about the shameful treatment many businesses receive at …

New Police Chief institutes changes at department

The new police chief stepped into some giant shoes when he took the helm of the Gardner Police Department. Former Chief Ken Francis was a beloved presence in Gardner and is certainly missed.
Francis has been gone for almost a …

Collins, Rayburn should give further reasons for leaving board

Sometimes life gets in the way of the best laid plans.
So it’s understandable that board members Shelta Collins and Tim Rayburn need to bow out of the positions on the USD 231 board of education. It would be nice …

Record numbers live below poverty line

Numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed a sharp increase in the number of Americans living below the poverty line. The statistics show that one in six Americans, or 46 million people, are living below the poverty line.
While the …

City adds to slush fund with tax increase

Gardner City Council members decided to add to a slush fund during a council meeting last week.
Members agreed to raise the transient sales tax, despite the additional tax not being included in the 2014 budget. To do so, they …

Follow road rules at start of school

Summer 2013 doesn’t officially end until the fall equinox on Sept. 22, but in our area the closing of the county fair signals the unofficial end of the season, and this week, school will officially be in session in Gardner, …

Despite spending cut promises, council taxes and spends

The hypocrisy is breathtaking.
Two governing body members, Mayor Chris Morrow and Councilman Steve Shute, very deliberately campaigned that Gardner tax reserves are too high.
The city’s current reserve rates will be about 38 percent of annual expenditures by the …