November 1, 2014

Requests reveal possible ethics issues at USD 231

Walter Hermeck
Recently there has been a bit of local conversation concerning the update in the USD 231 Facility Usage Policy. Gary Diener, director of operations went on record with The Gardner News saying; “The goal of the proposed …

Letter to the Editor

Jerry L Kellogg Sr
Gardner KS
According to information provided to me by a USD 231 official on August 16, 2012, the school district has received 28 Kansas Open Records requests during the last three years:
2009-10 – 2 Requests …

Thanks to precinct people, volunteers

Rep. Bill Sutton
Tuesday night I was appointed to complete the term of Rep. Mike Kiegerl following his resignation.  This followed immediately on the tail of a long hot primary season.
I want to take this opportunity to thank …

U.S. department refutes column on fracking

Bill Lucas
Mr. Merrill Mathews’ column (The Gardner News, Aug. 8) about the plunge in carbon dioxide output due to fracking is a figment of his imagination.  Here is a link to the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s …

Health care reform will save individuals money

Bill Lucas
In response to: Kansas Congressional delegation reacts to Supreme Court healthcare ruling in the July 4 edition of the Gardner News: LINK
[Congressman Kevin Yoder, who represents Kansas’ Third District which includes Johnson County, said in a …

Open Letter from think tank prez to KNEA official

I just read your comments in The Gardner News story (“Think Tank, education officials debate school testing, funding,” 4-25-12) where you said Kansas Policy Institute was “lying by omission.”
Anytime you would like to join me for a public …

Shame on those who dump unwanted pets

Joan Taylor
Shame on you, yes shame on you!  It is that time of year, people are getting outdoors, and spring is here.
It is also that time of year when people have a tendency to dump pets.
I …

Health care reform a failure by all accounts

Pat Roberts, U.S. Senator
As then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said about health care reform, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.”
Friday, March 23 marks the second anniversary of the new …

Voting for Republicans is repeating the insanity

Bill Lucas
Why should I ever vote Republican again?
The Republicans held both houses from 1994 through 2006. From 2001 through 2006, they held all three branches of government. During their reign of incompetence, they lied this country into …

Tornado warning sirens should be louder

Linda Rothwell
In the aftermath of the tornados in Branson, Mo. and to the east, I have talked with people who live and work there, who said, “We slept through it.”
As the (Johnson County) sirens were tested today, …