September 16, 2014

Council member responds to merit increase editorial

Kristina Harrison
Gardner City Council President
Merit increases for public staff should not be mysterious. I agree and thank goodness for the city of Gardner they were not; unless they are considered mysterious to some because each individual city employee’s …

OUR VIEW: Make truck scales a priority in 2015 budget

It’s time for city officials to invest in truck weight scales. As Gardner City Council members begin planning the 2015 budget, we encourage the governing body to fund the purchase of weight scales.
We said it first in July of …

Help prevent animal cruelty by supporting humane breeding bill

Shelley Homan
Do we live in the animal health corridor of the world?
Our state of Kansas currently ranks number 3 for the number of animal breeders with egregious records of repeated violations of animal welfare laws.
Our neighbors …

Gardner government embarrasses with hurdles to development

Bill O’Connor
It doesn’t take a long memory or much research to document the short-sighted decisions, bureaucratic hurdles, and overall incompetence of our elected and appointed officials. It is amazing how recent history, and much longer history reflects this.…

Leave puppy-mill cruelty off shopping lists this year

Shelley Homan
Thousands of puppies are bought and sold every year during the holiday season, which means thousands of consumers end up unknowingly supporting puppy mills.
Puppy mills are inhumane, commercial breeding facilities that place an emphasis on profits …

Woman pays it forward at local sandwich eatery

Bernice Holden
Surprise, Surprise! At 83 years of age, I couldn’t believe anything like this would ever happen to me.
I was ready to end a day of surprises, however. It started out with what I considered on Nov. …

Council is ill-prepared to take over responsibility of Gardner’s electric utility

Vern Pickert
The letter (“City council should reconsider proposed ordinance regarding EUB”) in the Oct. 23 edition of The Gardner News, written by Ryan Beasley, was certainly well said, and I support him 100 percent.
I was a …

EUB has functioned well

Ryan Beasley
Former EUB Member
Mayor Morrow and City Administrator take two steps back.
With the help and direction of the Electric Utility Board (EUB) over these past four years, Gardner Energy has put itself in a position where the …

School board appointment process democratic

Mark  Granell
President, USD 231 school board
I am writing in response to your editorial of Sept. 25, titled “Board uses questionable procedure to replace exiting members.” Given the lack of balance in both your reporting on the process for …

Taxpayers to foot bill for running trucks through downtown Gardner

David Bohen
The poor Kansas taxpayers. They will have to pay to relocate the weigh stations that are located on Interstate 35, just south of the Gardner exit, to a few miles north.
Why, one would ask: The answer …