November 29, 2015

Preservation group seeks public assistance in saving historical grant funding

Johnson County Partners in Preservation The loss of only one penny will have a tremendous impact on the non-profit Johnson County heritage groups beginning with next year’s County budget. That one penny came from a 26 cents per $100 fee on mortgages in Johnson County. Imagine the consternation among Johnson County Heritage groups and our Continue Reading

Letter to the editor

Gardner News: I wanted to take a minute to clarify the unanimous Planning Commission recommendation regarding the denial of a request for a piece of land (currently in the middle of two commercially zoned and developed properties) to M-2 zoning. A quick background for those that aren’t fully aware of what is allowed in a Continue Reading

Silver-haired legislators seek votes

Katy Hoffman & Alfie Thompson Gardner If you are over age 60 and a registered voter in Johnson County, you should vote in the upcoming Silver Haired Legislature election. The purpose of the Silver Haired Legislature is to advocate for older adults and provide a voice for the older community at the state and federal Continue Reading

Letters to the editor

Rep. Willie Dove Bonner Springs I am humbled by the confidence you showed in me on Nov. 4. I will not forget this seat belongs not to Willie Dove, but to the people of the 38th District. Whether or not you supported my candidacy, we are all Kansans, and want the best opportunities for our Continue Reading

Veterans deserve thanks for their many sacrifices

Sheri Barber President, Legion Auxiliary Gardner The members of American Legion Auxiliary Leroy Hill Unit #19, Gardner, KS, would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for serving this great country. Thank you for protecting us. Thank you for the security Continue Reading

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: City should work to improve crosswalk safety

Gary Carson Gardner Thank you for the story about the crosswalk at Brittany Court. The fact that this has been a problem for 30 years is very important and it’s not just about the illegal crossing, it’s more about crosswalk awareness. In speaking with a lot of Gardner residents, they’ve all expressed concerns about crosswalk Continue Reading

Don’t use gas chambers to euthanize dogs, cats

Shelley Homan Olathe The Humane Society of the US, and its Kansas director, have been diligently working to end the use of gas chambers in Kansas shelters by offering training and assistance for smaller cities to learn how to implement humane euthanasia by injection rather than by use of the CO chambers. These chambers are Continue Reading

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 performance review and rating is protected legally and therefore this information has remained confidential. That Continue Reading

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 2013 – it’s time for the city to buy portable scales. As trucks whiz by Continue Reading

Help prevent animal cruelty by supporting humane breeding bill

Shelley Homan Olathe 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 in Missouri hold the dubious title as number 1 on this list.  Aly Van Dyke’s Continue Reading