September 23, 2014

Don’t judge Black Friday shoppers

Black Friday has sparked a whole new controversy about a tradition as almost as old as Thanksgiving itself – the commercialization of America.
Scroll through a Facebook newsfeed  and you’ll be met with memes and status updates bemoaning the retail-mad …

Gardner council jumps the shark

The Gardner City Council has officially jumped the shark.
A television writer coined the “jumping the shark” following an episode in the fifth season of Happy Days. During the episode, character, Fonzie jumps over a shark’s fin on water skis. …

Board debate good for district

Hats off to some of USD 231’s newest board members for facilitating open discussion in a public forum.
For too long we’ve watched the Gardner Edgerton School District Board of Education rubber- stamp administrative policies and sly shenanigans with only …

Maybe it’s time to just shut up and sell

Yes, we said it, “Shut up and sell.”
Years of debate, and we’re back to the drawing board with the city’s electric company. Every few years, the Gardner City Council wastes hours of city staff time and council time debating …

USD 231 could really soar with effective, open leadership

The culture of secrecy continues at the Gardner Edgerton School District, and its cloaked reach apparently extends to the school board.
It would seem logical that all elected representatives of the district would be informed of matters that could involve …

Area grand openings interrelated

Past and future came together during the last week.
Three distinct, but interrelated, grand openings were celebrated – the I-35/Homestead interchange, the BNSF intermodal and Edgerton Historical Museum.
Both the interchange and Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) opening come after …

School funding court case could bankrupt the state

School districts and the state legislature battled funding questions at the Kansas Supreme Court last week.
Whatever the outcome, things aren’t looking good for Joe Taxpayer.
Several school districts, including Gardner-Edgerton, are suing the state for “adequate funding,” for public …

Council discussion about electric utility long overdue

Despite protests to the contrary, there’s a little bit of an urination contest, “for distance and accuracy,” as Mayor Chris Morrow put it, between the city staff and the Gardner Electric Utility Board (EUB).
Morrow said during a city council …

State ranks high in Midwest in taxing entities per resident

With the federal government officially in the process of “shutting down” Americans might find comfort knowing that more than 90,000 local governments will still be operating, at least for now.
According to the 2012 Census of Government, there are approximately …

Obamacare will be an improvement of America’s current healthcare system

Brett Limer
Wes Rains
Guest Columnists

While far from perfect, the ACA (Affordable Care Act), or Obamacare, is actually an attempt to improve the health care of Americans going forward.  Yes, there are many unknowns —that is true for any …