February 6, 2016

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 (2 individuals) 2010-11 – 4 Requests (4 individuals) 2011-12 – 22 Requests (4 individual requests Continue Reading

Thanks to precinct people, volunteers

Rep. Bill Sutton Gardner 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 the Precinct Committee men and women for placing their trust in me, my campaign staff, Continue Reading

U.S. department refutes column on fracking

Bill Lucas Gardner 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 report:  LINK They gave their own three reasons for the decline which Mr. Mathews decides to omit Continue Reading

Health care reform will save individuals money

Bill Lucas Gardner 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 statement Thursday morning. “It will lower quality and increase the cost of care of all Continue Reading

Open Letter from think tank prez to KNEA official

Mark, 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 discussion of these issues, I would be most happy to do so.  I am copying Continue Reading

Shame on those who dump unwanted pets

Joan Taylor Edgerton 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 know you tell yourself that you are re-homing them.  You are setting them free.  By Continue Reading

Health care reform a failure by all accounts

Pat Roberts, U.S. Senator R-Kansas 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 law’s enactment. In two years, we’ve found out the law cuts Medicare, raises billions in Continue Reading

Voting for Republicans is repeating the insanity

Bill Lucas Gardner 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 a war in Iraq costing us 4,408 precious military lives and costing $1.9 trillion dollars. Continue Reading

Tornado warning sirens should be louder

Linda Rothwell Gardner 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, I am wondering if they should/could  be louder. I can hear them inside my house Continue Reading

Committee Chair right to throw photog out

Rep. Mike Kiegerl 43rd District Your editorial in the Feb. 22 edition, “Recording Should be Allowed in Committee Meetings,”  is so far off the mark that a response is required. The Rules for all committees are traditional and set for a reason. To begin with, all committee activities are open to the public. Conferees are Continue Reading