November 27, 2015

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

Property taxes too high; Vote no on bond issue

Theresa Hall Gardner This may be too little too late, but I have some thoughts on the school bond issue that I would like to share with you. First of all I would like to say that I have supported every bond issue for the last 18 years. However, I cannot support this one for Continue Reading

Older residents need transportation assistance

Jane Walker Gardner I’m writing you with the hope of getting your help with a problem we have in our community. I currently take a friend to dialysis three times a week in Olathe.  In trying to find him back-up transportation, I’ve discovered that none exists.  The problem seems to extend beyond late afternoon appointments, Continue Reading

Reader fed up with ‘tax and spend’ politics

Maurice Taylor Edgerton Wake up America!  I’m tired of paying taxes. With the brouhaha going on at the Gardner City Council meetings, the bloggers are missing the point.  It’s about taxes.  It’s about Gardner citizens paying more taxes.  It’s not about professionalism, it’s about taxes. What kind of professionalism do you want?  The kind seen Continue Reading

An open letter to Sens. Moran, Roberts and Rep. Yoder

Bill Lucas Gardner An open letter to Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts and Rep. Kevin Yoder: This country is supposed to be a beacon of democracy to the world.  The citizens who went before us worked tirelessly to make a more perfect union so this country was a beacon to the world.  I am fed Continue Reading