October 4, 2015

Chamber will institute slow, meaninful change

Jason Camis Chamber President Guest Columnist The last two weeks I’ve given you “Jason Camis 101” and “Chamber of Commerce 101.” While I know that many people are eager to hear concrete plans for the chamber, be it big or small, I’m honestly not ready for that yet. Because I like change and I know Continue Reading

Future of Chamber of Commerce holds promise

Jason Camis Chamber President Guest Columnist Did you know that in September 1975 – a few months after I was born – a group of business leaders in Gardner got together and formed an organization to “advance the economic, industrial, professional, cultural and civic welfare of Gardner and the surrounding area”? What was born in Continue Reading

Republican control of U.S. Congress does not bode well for peace lovers

Sheldon Richman Guest Columnist As we face the new year, the biggest concern for peace lovers is Republican control of the U.S. Senate. While Republican votes don’t reach the key number 60, members of the GOP will still be in a strong position to push their belligerent global agenda. I don’t mean to overstate the Continue Reading

School ruling an opportunity to invest in education

Rod Stewart Guest Columnist As children return to school after the Christmas break, they probably don’t realize the fate of their public school education career will be based on decisions by the Legislature, Gov. Sam Brownback and members of the judiciary. The recent school finance decision by a three-judge panel in Shawnee County will no Continue Reading

Jim Hightower Guest Columnist In the spirit of holiday harmony and goodwill toward all, I say it’s time for you working stiffs to extend your hands in a gesture of solidarity with America’s millionaires. Why? Because we now share a common cause: inequality. You don’t hear much about it, but millionaires are suffering a wealth Continue Reading


Of political bedfellows, Hilary Clinton, Henry Kissinger may be strangest

Sheldon Richman Guest Columnist Hillary and Henry sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G-E-R! It says a lot about former secretary of state and presumed presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton that she’s a member of the Henry Kissinger Fan Club. Progressives who despised George W. Bush might want to examine any warm, fuzzy feelings they harbor for Clinton. Continue Reading

Poor suffer from hunger — not the munchies

Jill Richardson Guest Columnist Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It’s also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families. This holiday binds us all together: At least once a year, you should be able to sit around a table Continue Reading

Conservative event featured faith, family, freedom

Bill Sutton Guest Columnist A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting the “Faith, Family and Freedom” Conservative Revival. The planning behind the event and the amazing work by the volunteers was apparent to anyone who has planned an event of this size. As near as anyone could tell, the whole thing Continue Reading

State government has shifted away from prairie values to political extremes

Caitlin Trujillo Guest Columnist I moved to Gardner 12 years ago from Los Angeles. Starting seventh grade, I expected to undergo some degree of culture shock — you don’t move from a beach town to the prairie plains and expect your lifestyle to remain intact — and for the transition to a new school to Continue Reading

An inconvenient truth: Environmentalists love oil

Drew Johnson Guest Columnist America’s largest environmental group just admitted to earning millions of dollars each year from oil. The Nature Conservancy routinely guilt trips Americans about using fossil fuels. Yet its Texas prairie preserve is home to an oil well. And it has almost $23 million invested in the energy industry. This revelation is Continue Reading