October 31, 2014

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 – …

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 …

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 …

OUR VIEW: Council decision smacks of cronyism

Gardner City Council members gave a healthy nod to cronyism during a Sept. 15 meeting.
Council members agreed to negotiate for a city-owned piece of property on Gardner Lake with one potential buyer rather than offering the property to anyone …

OUR VIEW: More than 46 million on food stamps

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 …

OUR VIEW: America’s poor remain wealthy comparitively

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 …

OUR VIEW: Burger King wants taxes its way

The U.S. administration is in an uproar, because Burger King executives want to have it their way where corporate taxes are concerned.
Burger King announced last week that it would buy a Canadian donut shop. In the process, the fast …

OUR VIEW: Edgerton officials should represent citizens

Edgerton city officials are in so far over their heads. If they don’t start heeding reasonable advice and using common sense, they’re going to do irreparable damage to their community.
Take, for example, a proposal to construct an asphalt and …

OUR VIEW: America long on laws, short on common sense

It’s no wonder many Americans feel like they’re under attack by the government. As a recent Wall Street Journal article points out, we are – in a way.
It’s a creeping attack that is putting Americans in jail – or …

OUR VIEW: Council adds truck scales to 2014 budget

Thanks to the Gardner City Council for adding portable truck scales to an updated version of the 2014 budget. Last week, we editorialized that the lack of scales were a critical oversight in the 2015 budget.
Council obviously heard our …