October 9, 2015

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 that will be on that ballot. This newspaper as well as a variety of sources Continue Reading

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 welcome the reminder that there is more to history than the stuff that makes its Continue Reading

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 supposed to give residents a chance to provide input on Gardner’s 2016 budget. While protesting to gain attention may Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: School funding decisions belong to voters, not judges

Call it a miscarriage of justice. A three-judge panel ruled on Dec. 30 that Kansas schools are illegally underfunded. The Shawnee District Court justices wrote funding for public schools “is inadequate from any rational perspective of the evidence.” Judges didn’t hang a dollar amount on their ruling, but suggested schools should receive a minimum of Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: LOB ballot seeks trust of USD 231 voters

Trust us. That’s what school officials are asking voters to do in this mail-in election. The ballot question asks voters to give school board members the authority to raise taxes above what they already can. State statute limits the amount of revenue districts can raise via local taxes, or the local option budget (LOB), and Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Paper offers its legislative agenda

Many entities, especially public or taxpayer funded entities, offer legislative agendas to elected officials. The agendas layout items of concern and areas in which legislators may expect a visit from a lobbyist on their behalf. The Gardner News doesn’t have a bucketful of money to hire a lobbyist, as many public entities including the Johnson Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel

November and December might be the months for seasonal holidays, but Dec. 25 is the day for Christmas and Christian celebrations worldwide: Luke 2:1-20 1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first Continue Reading

It’s too early to open champagne to celebrate U.S. economy

The American economy produced 321,000 new jobs last month, but it’s still too early to get excited that the dampened U.S. economy has fully recovered. The November jobs report showed a steady unemployment rate — at 5.8 percent, and several thousand new jobs. The report, issued the first week of November, appeared to be a Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Personal touch goes long way to maintain 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 well as in the atmosphere in the core of the southwest communities. For those of Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Advice for local candidates, their supporters

Don’t breathe that sigh of relief just yet. The political engine isn’t out of steam, despite the end of the 2014 general election. City council and school board races are gathering power as candidates are now throwing their hats into the ring. To date, a handful of candidates have made their intentions to seek office Continue Reading