February 9, 2016

National Parks, a reading or walking adventure

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist One of the benefits of being a little older is the time you can spend on reading. When I had young kids reading was a relaxation I didn’t allow myself to partake very often. If you read you sit, or lay. with kids it seems sitting isn’t much of an option. Continue Reading

Geocaching is a fun, free family experience

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist Winter is upon us and as long as the weather permits, any excuse is a good excuse to be outside. If you are looking for a new hobby or even something to try out on a nice weekend day, why not try geocaching? What is geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor Continue Reading

Candidate Sanders proves the pundits wrong

Jim Hightower Guest Columnist The problem with applying conventional wisdom to political campaigns is that it can suddenly be upended by an unconventional campaign. National media pundits have been riveted by Donald Trump’s flagrantly narcissistic run for the Republican presidential nomination. But Exhibit A for the most remarkable political challenge to conventional wisdom is Bernie Continue Reading

Protesters taunts not necessary

Taylor Krenger Guest Columnist The protest in Edgerton held at the Edgerton United Methodist Church was an overall short and quiet protest. It was super cold outside during the protest; so the protest did not last as long as usual. I did not like the fact that they came into my town and hated on Continue Reading

Don’t be fooled by the hype on transparency

Doug Anstaett Kansas Press Association Guest columnist If I had a nickel for every time an elected official sang the praises of governmental transparency, I wouldn’t have to buy a lottery ticket. That might be an exaggeration in the hyped-up atmosphere of a $1.5 billion PowerBall jackpot, but it’s not so far-fetched in the scheme Continue Reading

Blazing new trails, global routes, local roots

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist Looking at the new logo Gardner has unveiled, I started to wonder, What does it take to erase history? Maybe erase isn’t the word. Maybe modify or update might be better terms. I wondered if I asked ten people at the grocery store just exactly what trails the new slogan was Continue Reading

GE Chamber endorses USD 231 $29.7 bond

Jason Camis Chamber President Beginning today, Jan. 13, 2016, registered voters in USD 231 Gardner Edgerton School District will begin receiving ballots for the 2016 Bond Issue election. If passed, this $29.7 million initiative will renovate and expand existing space, construct two new ancillary facilities for greater student opportunities, and address capital improvement needs districtwide Continue Reading

Chickens require commitment, care

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist Well it’s been almost a year since Gardner passed the ordinance allowing folks here in town to keep backyard chickens. Maybe I don’t travel in the right circles, but so far I don’t think I have seen or heard any complaints from the locals. My venture in the chicken keeping venue Continue Reading

Congress has created an average of 50 new crimes per year for the past decade

John Kiriakou Guest Columnist The media is fond of calling out our “do-nothing Congress.” Indeed, our national lawmakers’ last term was one of the least productive in history. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing. According to author John Whitehead, Congress has created, on average, 50 new crimes per year for the past decade. Continue Reading

Use caution, knowledge during season of giving

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist Why is it human nature to give? I suppose the feeling we get which is sort of a mix of happiness and the excitement is a kind of high. Basically this is that giving time of year. Starts at Thanksgiving and goes to Christmas. My parents back in the late 60’s Continue Reading