April 24, 2014

Soak up the sun; Summer is fading fast

Summer is slipping by at an alarming rate. It seems like just yesterday, the schools were closing up shop for a long summer break.
And somehow, here it is – almost school time again. New teachers will kick-off the school …

Common sense will serve new school board members well

Common sense will serve newly-elected public officials well. But newly-minted officials at the school board, who stepped into their roles at a July 15 meeting, were offered a carrot and a stick during their first USD 231 Board of Education …

COLUMN: Social media paints ugly picture of Gardner

Danedri Thompson

Columnist

I grew up in Gardner. With brief stops in other communities to work for newspapers, airlines and attend college, this has been my life-long home. I’m married to another Gardner kid, and we chose to make our …

OUR VIEW: City should invest in portable truck weighing scales

As trucks whiz by and rumble through town, residents complain, windows shake and roads take a beating.
City officials have taken the first step toward ensuring the impact of truck traffic in Gardner is minimal – training a police officer …

Cut spending or raise revenue? Gardner, Edgerton approaches differ

For those in the audience listening, you would have thought the sky was falling during  a Gardner City Council budget work session July 1.
Laura Gourley, city finance director, told council members a 12 percent utility rate increase is needed …

Cities respond to KOMA requests professionally

Kudos to the cities of Edgerton and Gardner for the professional and citizen-oriented manner in which they respond to Kansas Open Records Act requests.
Most recently The Gardner News requested e-mails from Edgerton regarding a proposed Zimmer Company industrial development. …

Council gun-carry decision stalls the inevitable

It all comes down to the sticker on the door. That’s the bottom line of a debate about whether to allow license holders to carry concealed weapons in public buildings.
A new law requires public entities to allow the practice, …

Legislature approves tax, budget disappointments

Somehow the Kansas Legislature managed to increase overall spending, raise taxes and cut valuable programs all at the same time.
Legislators are calling it a win, because they were able to negotiate, in the closing days of an already too-long …

‘Open for business’ requires pro-business culture

If city officials are serious about hanging an “Open for Business” sign on at Gardner’s city limits, they should start by cleaning house on the planning commission.
The process, fortunately, is somewhat underway, as new city policies are term limiting …

Thanks to local groups who remember the fallen

Thank you to members of the VFW and American Legions in Gardner and Spring Hill and their auxiliaries for their efforts in decorating the graves of fallen soldiers and honoring them on Memorial Day.
With the assistance of clergy, the …