November 28, 2015

Shopping locally spurs hometown businesses

Jason Camis Chamber President Guest Columnist As I get older, I try to make my holidays just a little better than last year. When I was younger, in my 20s, I didn’t care much for the holidays. I had many reasons for this feeling, but I’m happy to say that I longer think like that. Continue Reading

Trump’s deportation program draws fire

Robert Romano Guest Columnist “12 million illegal immigrants, to send them back, 500,000 a month, is just not — not possible.” That was former Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush at the Fox Business-Wall Street Journal Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, Wis. on Nov. 10, stating that deporting illegal immigrants — all of them — would Continue Reading

Trump offers GOP lessons on immigration

Yuri Vanetik & Thomas Tucker Guest Columnists Polls indicate that support for Donald Trump is plateauing  while key challengers like Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio are quickly gaining ground. If this trend continues and Trump flames out, the Republican establishment shouldn’t simply dismiss his candidacy as a fad. There are lessons to be Continue Reading

Compensation disclosures measure CEO greed

Sam Pizzigati Guest Columnist Should corporations in America have to annually reveal how much they pay their most typical workers compared to how much they pay their CEOs? In 2010, Congress embraced that idea. Lawmakers plugged into the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a provision that requires major U.S. corporations to Continue Reading

U.S. Congress makes strides during productive year

Congressman Kevin Yoder, R-KS Special to The Gardner News Thanks to the will of the American people, last November the Republican Party was entrusted with the majority in the United States Senate to go along with our majority in the United States House of Representatives held since 2010. Altogether, we have responded by being the Continue Reading

Uncomfortable truths necessary for honest debate

Danedri Thompson Columnist The biggest story rarely told is finally getting a tiny bit of play. It’s getting far less than it should, because the story makes people uncomfortable. Well, prepare for some discomfort. The Center for Medical Progress is an organization that reports and monitors medical ethics and advances. CMP is the organization responsible Continue Reading

Will Congressional spending pigs squeal this summer?

Rick Manning Guest Columnist Summer is here, and in Congress that means it is spending season. The time when appropriators’ eyes turn to buying those extra little frills that make being a Member of Congress such fun. The budget has been set, and now it’s time to spend that nifty $3.8 trillion dollars that has Continue Reading

College athletics overshadow college academics

John Schrock Guest Columnist “March Madness” is over. Now name the strong academic programs at Duke University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Kentucky, or Michigan State University? Most Americans can identify their mascots. Most can tell you which team had the tallest players. But we haven’t a clue about academic programs. Most alumni Continue Reading

Stop blaming borrowers, hold predatory lenders accountable

LeeAnn Hall Guest Columnist Years after Toni Potter’s husband passed away from pancreatic cancer, debt collectors in her state of Washington were still relentlessly hounding her about his hospital bills. Andrea Anderson, a young student in Oregon, has been saddled with $150,000 in college loans as she pursues her dream of becoming a social worker. Continue Reading

Counter OPEC’s power by boosting American crude oil exports

J.Michael Barrett Guest Columist The national average for a gallon of gasoline is quickly approaching just $2. Drivers can mostly thank the highest level of domestic oil production in four decades — over 9 million barrels per day — for these low prices. With American energy production booming and gas prices plummeting, it’s difficult to Continue Reading