April 24, 2014

OPINION: City should hold Chamber financially accountable

Any organization requesting public money should be financially accountable. That includes Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Johnson County, formerly called the Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce.
Last January, Gardner City Council members approved providing $20,000 to the local Chamber organization. …

OPINION: April 21 marks Tax Freedom Day

Congratulations, you’ll be working for yourself soon. Prior to April 21, every penny you earned went to feed the monstrous government bureaucracy.
Tax Freedom Day arrives this year on April 21 – three days later than last year. The National …

OPINION: Time to fix Gardner Charter Ordinance No. 19

Irony, thy name is Gardner.
Larry Fotovich, council member, is being called upon by some residents to step down from office because they believe he has moved from the area.
Ironically, in April 2013, Fotovich supported the repeal or amendment …

Legislators should talk about a flatter, fairer tax code

Legislators should consider cutting or eliminating Kansas’ earned-income tax credit, or EITC.
It’s time for changes in the way government collects and spends its citizens money.
When and if legislators ever get the nerve to fully consider eliminating the EITC, …

Legislators should find affordable ways to get money into classrooms

There’s probably no way Kansas legislators can escape Topeka without adding millions in additional spending to the state’s bottom line.
The funding increases come at the hands of the Kansas Supreme Court, which ruled funding for Kansas schools was not …

Senate Bill 10 would make public records more affordable

Public records do not belong to the institution. As the name suggests, they belong to the public. Unfortunately, many public entities don’t operate under that assumption.
Luckily, there’s a bill before the Kansas Legislature that would make public records more …

OPINION: Time for council to make definitive decision on public utilities

We’ve said it before.
Do something.
The only way to get out of a hole is to stop shoveling. Yet Gardner continues to dig deeper by underfunding infrastructure, such as water and wastewater. In early 2012 it was estimated that …

School staff deserve praise for normal day despite district shake-up

It’s a testament to teachers and building administrators that  USD 231’s excellence in education continued as usual on Feb. 28.
Less than 12 hours before school started last Friday, the slimmest majority of the school board decided to terminate the …

OUR VIEW: Government has no business in newsrooms

This shouldn’t need to be said, but alas, we must say it: The federal government has no business in private newsrooms across this country. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. None.
Sadly, no one thought to tell the bureaucrats at the Federal …

Probable cause affidavits should be public records

It’s true. The overwhelming majority of bills passing through the halls of the Kansas Legislature are worthy of a Big Top. From legislation to ban surrogacy to a bill that would allow teachers and caregivers to spank a child up …