September 1, 2014

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 …

Public input lacking when USD 231 changes policies

There is no good reason that the USD 231 board of education doesn’t allow members of the public to parse and examine proposed policies before they are adopted. We’re baffled that policy changes are not made public before the board …

Storm aftermath cause for celebration not blame

It’s not the mayor’s fault. It’s not the governor’s fault. It’s Mother Nature, and she can be an unpredictable, moody beast.
As you read this, the community is likely buried under several inches of snow. That’s what the forecast is …

Council, staff create unstable biz environment

Gardner isn’t open for business, and it has nothing to do with turning down massive abatements for the large project to our west.
It has much more to do with a chronic case of instability and incoherent city government. There …

USD 231 spends thousands to review KORA

The USD 231 district administration has spent untold thousands of dollars – and many hours – writing, reviewing and rewriting its public records policy, racking up attorney bills and making presentations to the board regarding fees and public record access.…