November 26, 2015

It’s too early to open champagne to celebrate U.S. economy

The American economy produced 321,000 new jobs last month, but it’s still too early to get excited that the dampened U.S. economy has fully recovered. The November jobs report showed a steady unemployment rate — at 5.8 percent, and several thousand new jobs. The report, issued the first week of November, appeared to be a Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Personal touch goes long way to maintain 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: Advice for local candidates, their supporters

Don’t breathe that sigh of relief just yet. The political engine isn’t out of steam, despite the end of the 2014 general election. City council and school board races are gathering power as candidates are now throwing their hats into the ring. To date, a handful of candidates have made their intentions to seek office Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: A Thanksgiving proclamation

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Parade cancellation a disappointment

It was exciting to have Johnson County’s Veterans Day ceremony in Gardner on Nov. 11. However, we were disappointed in a decision to cancel a scheduled parade in conjunction with the event. The approximate block long parade was to take place prior to a formal presentation. The event did feature a key note address from Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Hard work begins when campaigns subside

Now the hard work begins. The pages of this edition were at the printer before results were in on Tuesday’s election, and we’re elated that it’s over. Now the hard work begins. As we write this, we aren’t sure who controls the hallowed halls of the U.S. Senate or just how vast the Republican majority Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Endorsements difficult without inspiring candidates

It’s difficult to duck the mudslinging long enough to make political endorsements this election. In the Governor’s race, we appreciate some of the work incumbent Sam Brownback has done. Although our opinion is not popular, we approve of eliminating a state mandate requiring that teachers be granted tenure; we believe we have excellent teachers who can stand on Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Voters should get educated about candidates

It’s said every few years, and it’s usually true. However, this year more than ever may truly be one of the most important elections in American history. The United States is in a new and different sort of war – not against a foreign state – but against a global band of terrorists set on Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Social Security, Medicare about to run dry

In a shocking turn of events that will come as a surprise to no one, government trustees reported that Social Security and Medicare are running out of money. Social Security is expected to bankrupt in 2033 and Medicare funds run dry in just 12 years. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Congress and all U.S. Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Infamous 47 percent actually the 43 percent

The infamous 47 percent is actually the 43 percent, according to a 2013 report by the Tax Policy Center. The center reports that 43 percent of Americans pay no income tax – not 47 percent as Mitt Romney suggested in his ill-fated bid for the U.S. Presidency in 2012. Romney’s numbers were accurate in 2009, Continue Reading