July 6, 2015

OUR VIEW: Kansas legislators need to keep promise to voters with spending cuts

Conservative legislators seem poised to break a promise to voters not to raise taxes. Though the Legislature cut taxes two years ago, a budget deficit looms.
The Kansas Legislature is on hiatus until the veto session, which begins April 29. …

OUR VIEW: Hard work begins for recently-elected council, board members

Now the hard work begins.
For far too long, Gardner has been marginalized by the project to its west, the intermodal. Although that project has largely been finalized by Edgerton, real challenges remain for our school districts and councils in …

OUR VIEW: Editorial board offers its endorsements in local races

Gardner residents are fortunate to have seven city council candidates to choose from who bring a variety of skill sets; and we congratulate those who have avoided finger pointing, mudslinging campaigns to focus on the issues.
In the political marketplace, …

OUR VIEW: Elections have consequences; Voters should get to know candidates

With less than a month to go before the April 7 general election, it’s time for voters to get informed. Advanced voting has already started, and it’s time for voters to acquaint themselves with candidates, if they haven’t already. V…

Voters should reward candidates who campaign with humility

Stolen campaign signs.
Whispered innuendo.
Confusing campaign finance laws.
It’s local election time.
For more than two decades, we’ve covered area elections; and we appreciate those who have the courage to put their hat in the ring.
Running for office …

OUR VIEW: Personal touch will help keep small-town feel

Southwest Johnson County has been in the throes of extreme growing pains for the last several years, perhaps for more than a decade. With the intermodal building out, citizens can expect even more drastic changes in the community’s appearance as …

OUR VIEW: Kansas Legislature resembles circus side show

It’s been a bang-up few weeks in the Kansas Legislature.
If you’re hearing the music that typically accompanies a circus, you’re not alone.
Politicians have apparently gone a little wonky in Topeka.
In the last few weeks, legislators have proposed …

OUR VIEW: Local elections loom; Voters should go to polls armed with information

With a little more than a month to go before the April 7 general election, it’s time for voters to get informed. If they haven’t already, voters should be using the next several weeks to acquaint themselves with the candidates …

OUR VIEW: Black History Month recognizes overlooked history

Black History Month collides with the idea of the Great American Melting Pot.
Black History Month isn’t necessary but the contributions of black Americans, as well as some other ethnic groups, for decades were not included in history books. We …

OUR VIEW: Residents ‘occupy’ city hall

There’s a time and a place to air concerns about every purpose under heaven. The trick is finding the right one.
Unfortunately, a group of citizens failed to do so when they interrupted and virtually hijacked a meeting that was …