September 30, 2014

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.…

School district should cease blame placing; seek solutions

Discussion was lively at the USD 231 board of education Jan. 13 meeting.
The days of a rubber stamp board appear to be gone, and we thank new board members for voicing concerns of constituents, asking questions and making suggestions.…

The Gardner News offers its legislative agenda

Many entities, especially public or taxpayer funded entities, offer legislative agendas to elected officials. The agendas put forth items of concern and areas in which legislators may expect a visit from a lobbyist on their behalf.
The Gardner News doesn’t …

Crystal ball murky on what 2014 holds

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time where media outlets reflect on the passage of time and attempt to predict things to come.
People in the media make a lot of lists at this time of year. There …

Good tidings of great joy to all people

Luke 2:1-20
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyre’ni-us was governor of Syria.)
And all …

Personal touch a welcome change at city hall

Gardner has been in the throes of extreme growing pains for the last several years, perhaps for more than a decade. With the newly-opened intermodal, citizens can expect even more drastic changes in the community’s appearance as well as in …