October 7, 2015

OUR VIEW: Gardner residents should plan to attend budget public hearing July 20

There are plenty of ways to make your voice heard. Be it going to the polls on Election Day, writing letters to the editor or to City Hall, or making phone calls to your local, state and federal government officials, an informed people who are involved in the governing of the place in which they Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Court decision puts Mission driveway tax on life support

It’s not often we have reason to be appreciative of the Kansas Court of Appeals, but today, the Court deserves a proverbial pat on the back for putting the kibosh on a controversial driveway tax in Mission, Kan. The court ruled last week that Mission’s tax, which imposed a fee based on how much traffic Continue Reading

U.S. declares its independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Kansas Senate passes awful tax hikes to fill budget gap

Kansans are getting a tax hike, if a bill passed by the Senate makes its way through the House and Governor. Absolutely no one is cheering – not even the people screaming that we must feed the ever-growing and always hungry Kansas bureaucracy. Those who wanted to “raise revenue” hoped to do so by rolling Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Stay tuned for city, school budget discussions

It’s not just summer. It’s budget season, too. Memorial Day weekend doesn’t only signify the start of longer days, warmer temps and vacation from school. In Kansas, the summer solstice also ushers in budget season. All local taxing entities in Kansas, including cities, counties and school districts must have their budgets published and submitted to Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Moving local elections to fall a welcome change

Legislators passed a bill to move local elections from the spring in odd-numbered years to the fall in odd-numbered years. The passage in the House – 64-58 – was by the slimmest of margins. The bill required 63 votes to pass. In the end, it got one more than necessary. It’s a welcome turn of Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: The world awaits the graduates of Gardner Edgerton and Spring Hill high schools

High school graduates, there is one thing we hope you have learned during your 12 years of school: Take nothing for granted and know that life is never about what you did yesterday, but your worth is measured only by what you do today and tomorrow. Gardner Edgerton High School and Spring Hill High School Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Timely update of KOMA, KORA welcome

What’s the point of having a law requiring that government officials conduct business in the sunshine by providing access to public records when the elected leader tasked with enforcing the law cheerleads a Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) loophole large enough to drive a dozen Mack trucks through? None. There is absolutely no point in Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Guests of community treated to its best

Town was buzzing this week with what makes Gardner special. Heart. Cities reflect the personalities of those who reside there; and despite this weekend’s gloomy weather, Gardner’s best face was shining. Streets were filled with smiling faces, and driveways were lined with second-hand treasures for the citywide garage sale. Negotiations were made and deals were Continue Reading

Tax Freedom Day a day later this year

Congratulations, you’re working for yourself now. Prior to April 24, every penny you earned went to feed the monstrous government bureaucracy. Tax Freedom Day arrived this year on April 24 – three days later than last year. The non-partisan Tax Foundation estimates that April 24 is the day that Americans’ earnings go to their own Continue Reading