February 6, 2016

OPINION: Kansas has storied history in its 150 years

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Nothing induces road rage like a shiny, Johnson or Douglas County-tagged car sporting the bumper sticker: Kansas, as bigoted as you think. The stickers are a play on Kansas’ tourist theme: Kansas, as big as you think. A Lawrence attorney created several years ago and distributed the bumper enhancers due to concern Continue Reading

OPINION: Individuality goes the way of the Dodo bird

Danedri Thompson There’s a bright orange and blue building in town, and I hope it stays that way. The colors aren’t ones I would choose for anything – shoes, curtains, a rug, a sweater – but they’re unique and interesting. And when new occupants started painting the building, I had a good idea what sort Continue Reading

OPINION: A holiday poem

’Twas the week before Thanksgiving and all through the town, No residents were spending. They were keeping expenses down. Residents’ wallets were tight – not quite filled with cash, While elected officials were planning to raid all their stash. City employees were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of pay raises danced in Continue Reading

OPINION: Iowa voters’ decision should spark debate

There will be much written and said in the coming days to explain the story of the 2010 election. Much of the punditry will focus on the massive red wave that swept the nation turning much of the U.S. electoral map into Republican hands from Governorships, to statehouses to the historic 60-plus gain in the Continue Reading

OPINION: Social Security gravy train wreck looms

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Granny, please don’t fall for this bribe. In the face of what’s sure to be overwhelming political losses in November, Democrats are promising to offer Social Security recipients a one-time payment of $250. Seniors are angry they won’t be receiving a cost of living adjustment in their social security checks this year. Continue Reading

OPINION: Time to take off the rose-colored economy glasses

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Our shaky economy appears to be growing slowly on sand instead of rock. Finally, the American media is starting to report that although it appears the recession is behind us, there will be a new normal with minimal growth for years if not decades to come. As a CNBC story so eloquently Continue Reading

OPINION: Obama presidency awakens public

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Maybe some good can come from Barack Obama’s presidency. Don’t get me wrong – the man has been a disaster for this country. When he stepped into office, the country was loaded with debt, and instead of starting to fill the hole, he grabbed a shovel and started digging us deeper. He Continue Reading

OPINION: It’s I-told-you-so time on health care overhaul

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Well, duh. This is the sort of oversight that occurs when members of Congress fail to read thousands of pages of legislation to overhaul one-sixth of the American economy. The few of us in the American populace who bothered to read the legislation – and yes, my life is that exciting that Continue Reading

OPINION: Honesty necessary in discussion about public education

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The time for an honest discussion about the state of American public schools has been ripe for quite some time – even President Barack Obama has noticed. He spoke on Monday  to NBC’s Today Show expounding on his belief that the school year should be longer and poorly performing teachers should get Continue Reading

OPINION: Quran-burning controversy exposes liberal hypocrisy

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com If nothing else, we can thank the Rev. Terry Jones for exposing the blatant hypocrisy of President Obama and liberals. The Rev. Terry Jones planned a Quran-burning event in Florida on Sept. 11. The pastor with 50 followers incited U.S. Generals and President Obama to warn that any attempts to burn the Continue Reading