October 9, 2015

OUR VIEW: Newspapers celebrate 75th anniversary of Newspaper Week

Newspapers celebrate the 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week this week. The week observes the impact of newspapers in our communities. While the newspaper industry is changing, its relevance remains. Many would say they aren’t newspaper readers today, however, most read several newspaper articles everyday via links to newspaper websites from places like Facebook and Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Romney’s 47 percent are the 43 percent

The infamous 47 percent is actually the 43 percent, according to 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, but the number of Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Congratulations to chamber on 40 years of civic engagement

Congratulations to the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce on its 40th anniversary. Formally created in Sept. 15, 1975, the organization has been instrumental in assisting business owners in town and creating networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. The organization was instrumental in helping to bring the Sprint North Supply building to southwest Johnson County, and it continues Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Kansas ranks high in Midwest for number of taxing entities

The federal government may be shutting down in October, as the U.S. Congress attempts to reach agreements on cuts. However, Americans should have no fear knowing that more than 90,000 local governments will still be operating. According to the 2012 Census of Government, there are approximately 29 local government entities per 100,000 people nationwide. In Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Time to reconsider federal food stamp program

There are more than 46 million people collecting food stamps in America, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That’s enough to fill both halls of the Kauffman Center 13,675 times. We’re not convinced the food stamp program is worth the cost estimated at more than $80 billion each year, especially considering the program Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Voters should just say ‘no’ to ballot question

We urge Gardner voters to cast a “no” vote in a city sales tax initiative. By now, most registered voters should have received their ballots in the mail. To be counted, the ballots must be returned to the Johnson County Election Office no later than noon on Sept. 15. Via the ballot, city officials are Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Council should treat business owners, their attorneys respectfully

It’s surprising that two groups of informed citizens can draw vastly different responses to the same information, but that’s what occurred when Gardner’s Planning Commission and the Gardner City Council considered whether to rezone 2.67 acres of land on the south side of town. Planning commissioners heard the information first. During a July 29 meeting, Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Record numbers in poverty in U.S., though ways exist to avoid it

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 stats are dramatic, it’s important to remember that living below the poverty line and the Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Drivers beware: With school starting, kids will be out walking

Summer doesn’t actually end until Sept. 21, but school starting signals the unofficial end of the season. In the Gardner Edgerton School District, the first day of school is Aug. 13. In the Spring Hill School District, students will begin classes on Aug. 18. The waning summer months coupled with the start of a new Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: City uses bad logic to grease wheels for adding staff

Hold on to your wallets, citizens of Gardner. Though the proposed 2016 city budget will likely not result in tax or utility rate increases, city staff aren’t ruling out exorbitant increases in outer years. That’s despite a budget proposal that should yield almost a 30 percent increase in revenue next year due to two factors: Continue Reading